Happy NEW YEAR!!! That is the most common and most popular greeting and gestures that we all hear in the beginning of every year.And 2012 was well not an exception and I am sure that you still do remember well how you celebrated it. As for me,it was just like yesterday,and I remembered so much the year 2012, with all its accolades,promises,surprises, woes and colours it had painted on our faces and hearts as Nigerians. So do you remember or was it just like other years? I can say categorically that it was a year we all survived from and if we can’t honestly sit down and look well at it, how can we find solutions for this coming new year? Was it really a happy year for us all or was 2012 another long,hard, disappointing and shocking one?
Yes, its the end of another year, millions and billions of people around the globe are waiting, yearning and eager to see the very end of this year 2012 as they celebrate with the entry of the new year ahead. Even as I write this piece,Australia is the first to celebrate year 2013 entry.But my particular worry and concern is that, will we all really remember 2012 ? I am talking about its significance and not just to bring us back to some memories of the good or bad, but I feel that as Nigerians, its worth sitting down on, thoughtfully and prayerfully too because its going, going and soon will be gone. Have we learnt our lessons? Has 2012 taught us some things and has it shifted our history, culture, unity, peace, welfare or prosperity an inch?Or perhaps do you have your own personal share of insights,questions and answers about the year?
Well, as a student of art and business,I understand very well that Life in this part of the world is really a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) affair, all year in and year out.Nigeria to me is one of the countries of the world that had seen its fair share of 2012.You and I know the stories and probably too, knows where the shoes bites us as a nation.Its all going to an end but we must look back to see our failures, mistakes and commitments as a nation,so that we can move forward and better in the coming year. Should we allow such common plagues of corruption, bad leadership, Governmental inadequacies, boko Haram insurgence, under developed infrastructures,marginalised level of poverty, greed, underdevelopment in educational institutions and so on surface in 2013?Should we be looked upon in the new year with eyes of a country that is going about in circles? No, I pray and wish too that we try very much to succeed in 2013.
A lot has happened, and a lot too has been said about us in 2012, and what interests me most is that we survived the year. In January, we got a shock from Government on subsidy which sparked up the country’s ever biggest strike and protest actions. February, we still continued to adjust to that reality of the subsidy through on to March. April, we saw more attacks from the boko Haram sects with our Government still with no clues as to what to do,resulting in destructions of lives and properties including the Police Headquarters and as well as UN office building. What a way to start a year in such chaos, fear, doubts and so much pain that leaves the heart of any true Nigeria broken and sad. So can we really, actually and sincerely forget these times and its causes? Of course we can’t just forget, and mind you, there are still more to reflect on even as we walked though May in total unbelief about the year. We were still wondering and taken aback at events.
June 2012, we experienced one of the worst air disasters ever, when an acclaimed bad engine of Dana Airplane crashed killing 158 passengers on board.The bitter part of it was that some lives could have been saved if our country do value human life enough by putting in place better infrastructures,good town plans,efficient roads,proper facilities and others that could have helped in such emergency times.In a country that private jets are orders of the day and yet we can’t even boast of any Helicopter for emergencies that can reach such places as the Iju Ishaga area of the crash. July has its own shares of events into August, to September which we are all aware of too.It also amazes me the level of poverty people faces that they can take the risk to survive even when they know the consequences of scooping fuel product in Ahoada area, in Port Harcourt.What did we have then, another shameful and painful hundreds of deaths that shocked us all.
Finally, should I talk about the ALUU 4, even more attacks from the Boko Haram sects, our Pension scams, subsidy scams and oil thieves,or is it the collapse of buildings, road accidents of fire, fuel tankers strikes and excruciating pains inflicted on Nigerians as a result of scarcity? Even kidnappings, political brouhahas, revealing of more corruption stories, and a whole lots more. So what's the point of all these events analysis you may ask ? I choose to bring up these few incidents to show us that we survived 2012,and even our mistakes,carelessness and insincerity, Nigeria needs to learn and adjust, prepare and also find lasting solutions to avoid repeat of history in the new coming year. Can we have an evil-event free 2013 and live happily, peacefully and free again as a country? Could this coming year be any better than this one?
Nigerians, I want to kindly appeal and request that we make 2013, one the best year ever this country has ever had.We all have a role and duty to play in our own little ways and corners.Is it too big a task if people decide to stand up and shun corruption, violence, pride, selfishness and greed? Must we really be our own enemies and kill ourselves over vanity or should we be keepers of our brothers and sisters? Yes, even when Government and leadership fails us, there is still a lot more on us to do as a people? Should there be protests and to demand our rights and freedom in the midst of plenty? Do we have viable sincere opposition voices? We are blessed and highly endowed, we cant afford to let the name Nigeria be shamed again this coming year. Let us all stand, remain resolute and determined to maintain the integrity, unity and prosperity of Nigeria, that someday,in the coming years,we can all be proud to still be called Nigerians.Happy 2013!!!
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