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Nigeria and a New Year 2013: Are we ready yet?

11 February 2013, 10:30

Hurray! Its finally a new year and 2012 has finally gone, out of our faces for good and now my fellow Nigerians we have a brand new wife called 2013 to welcome, embrace and get acquainted with even as January is already packing up.

Isn't it another wonderful opportunity and privilege again to witness such a desirous gift as a Nigerian? Yes I do, and I believe too that most of you who lived and witnessed the country in 2012 are as excited as I am. And again, i say gladly that congratulations and welcome. And my heart also goes out with all due respect,sympathy and condolences to victims and family of all those affected last year in our struggles as a nation.It is my prayer that events will turn out better this year.

Well, even with the new year in motion, nothing changes in life here, especially to the average common man. Same hustle and bustle, recurrent issues of our country, economic situations that can maim, fraudulent politicians and all their various kindred as we still contend with all the empty promises of their lies, insincerity and greed that is tearing apart the very fabric of our nation. These consequences and stigma are ever glaring and is still staring us in our faces as the year goes on.

Can things ever change a bit for us this year? Do we have to go through another 365 days again without any respite? How ready are in case of floods?Are we technologically set up in readiness for any possible emergency events? Changes ought to come and to do us more good this year ,but we have to endure the current hardships,learn patience, be resilience, be more courageous and expectant. We have to hold on, stand united, be willing to see changes, improvement and growth like we are almost seeing the end to terrorism,sect induced violence and others.

The challenges are here, there and what can we do? Firstly,I want to employ our leaders, top officials and the Government to be very sincere in what they do. To whom much is given, much is expected, from the populace and not to disgrace, deny, demean and denounce them through their public offices. This year, at least let us see what true democracy is about, response to the people, adhering to their voices, listening and making amendments for their good and betterment, not for their own pockets. Could there be more employment this year? Can Nigerians boast of a week’s uninterrupted power supply? What would it cost us to have good roads and infrastructures that befits an oil rich country? Good and adequate security of lives and properties.There are more and I can go on and on to list the very many deep wishes, demands and prayers of Nigerians.You and I, and even the common man on the street wants more in this year 2013.Will this year comfort us, encourage us, lift our spirits up than 2012?

Another issue that we should deal with in this year is stability, unity, productivity as a country and reclaiming that once status of the giant of Africa that is slipping away. Should we continue to be an all importing nation, a dumping ground for used goods, toxic products and the rest? It is also a fact that foreigners flood our land, causing more havoc than good.A country that has no control of its boarders is sure bound to have internal problems,conflicts and even attacks.Has all these Boko Haram infiltrations taught us any lessons? Is it possible for us control the rate at which foreigners come in to mess up, stain, ridicule and affect our polity negatively? These too are many glaring issues we can start fixing now. What about we stepping up our standards of education here, restructuring, supporting and sponsoring academic excellence, drive and goals for faster national growth in pursuance of vision 2015. There are whole lot more we can do this year.

Lastly, it pains us a lot to see that corruption issue is still a major obstacle. What a shame it is if we can’t work towards reducing our embarrassments in the world’s eye if a pension thief could not be properly prosecuted?Corruption at least could be reduced and frowned at to the barest minimum if we are to sail better in this ship called Nigeria. Should I also mention that soaring level of unemployment, youth developmental relapse, dilapidating standards of systems, structures and justice is what we need to realign this year. It is a total pity to see in horror of our own police force college looks like, while millions of Naira is spent daily on irrelevant expenses. Nigeria needs a resolution for year 2013 and without such move,a collective effort for drastic changes, we go no where forward.Would it be termed another wasted year of pain, loss of our dignity, pride, unity and total national underachievement ? NO, but again,I repeat that 2013 is here, question is; are we ready yet for it as a national, individually and consciously? May God help us scale through it too.

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