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What is happy about endless delays and flight cancellations at our airports? What is happy about the excessive taxation we pay to fly on domestic airlines offering substandard customer care? Is this going to change in 2013?

I am not happy that I needed to put on the generator to write this article and there is nothing on ground to make the power situation better in 2013.

So if you are wishing to wish me a happy new year, please do a rethink. There is no happy year in Nigeria..

 

Unhappy New Year Nigeria!

The title of this article may sound melancholic or sadistic but nothing captures the state of the nation better. From 1st January 2012 when Nigerians woke up to the rude shock of an baseless new year day petrol price hike by the government of Goodluck Jonathan, twelve months of excruciating poverty has rolled by; twelve months filled with violence, pain, death and darkness. It has been twelve months of directionless spending, barefaced stealing of public wealth, purposeless leadership, moral decadence and decay in the standard of governance.

 

As Nigerians are set for another 12 months called a year, there are the usual compliments in their daily greetings that announce the hope and expectations of a better year ahead. In this period of the year, religious leaders of the numerous churches come out with prophesies and predictions of a great and prosperous new year, which their folks believe with fanatical religious piety and amazing gullibility.

The capacity of Nigerians to see hope out of every situation is to some extent their very undoing. And our leaders, both religious and political, having realized this capacity of Nigerians to always believe in a better tomorrow, no matter what the situation on ground is, have learnt to exploit it to their maximum advantage. The truth of the matter is that hope, by its very nature should have a basis. Hope that is built on nothing is destructive. Hope that is based on mere wishing that things would get better while doing nothing differently from the way we have always done as individuals, societies and organized leadership, is self-deceit.

Nigerians are being deceived when they are told that next year will be better than this year when the budget for 2013 shows that the government is actually planning otherwise. And here, another factor which is closely linked to their hopefulness is responsible for their being deceived with false promises; the ability to forget quickly. Few Nigerians will remember that 12 months ago they were promised a glorious new year by their leaders spiritual and temporal. Few Nigerians will remember that this government promised some safety nets or palliatives that would cushion the effect of the so called subsidy withdrawal. 

Also few of us will remember that this government actually launched a mass transit system which was to be run with Diesel-powered buses as a form of mitigation against the cost of transportation; that fuel vouchers were to be provided for the poor. 12 months later there are no buses, no vouchers, no fuel in the filling stations, no good roads, no power and yet the goal post has been shifted to next year.

This government allocated more funds for non-existent subsidy for three months in 2012 than it budgeted for Agriculture and Power combined for the whole year in 2013! So when they say we should expect better harvest and more power next year, they are merely telling petty and shameless lies.

Even our religious piety is merely cosmetic as it does not reflect in our public conduct. It is now even fashionable for evil political leaders go to the church and take over otherwise hallowed pulpits from the priests  and use them to further deceive the people, because the priests have not demonstrated that they are any different from these politicians. The politicians have seen so much similarity in their mode of exploitation of the people to that employed by the religious leaders that they now see them as partners in the art of deception of the people.

So next time someone in Nigeria tells you ‘happy new year’, ask him why he thinks the year will be a happy one. You are sure to get that strange ‘what-a-weird-man-is-this?’  look from him. He may even attempt to answer you with a ‘just-have- faith,-God-will-do-it’ slogan.

To illustrate how gullible Nigerians have become from years of Political and religious exploitation, I was recently miffed at a ‘stupid’ post from a Facebook user who used the name of a popular Pentecostal Pastor to invite online users to simply click ‘Like’ on his post and that the first five thousand people to do so would receive gooddluck and prosperity before the end of the year! Alas within an hour more than three thousand persons have clicked ‘Like’ on the post. The next day I checked that post over fifty thousand people had ‘liked’ that post with the hope of getting good luck!

 For heavens’ sake, where in scripture did they get this concept of ‘kal-kalo’ Christianity? Since when did God begin to gamble with His blessings? Who told these fanatics that God needed persons to ‘Like’ anything on Facebook? How does doing so please God?

Funny enough, even though the instruction (that is even if it was anything to be taken seriously), clearly said only the first five thousand persons would get the blessings, the 5001st  to the 50,000th  ‘Liker’ still clicked the ‘Like’ button! Why? Because Nigerians don’t follow instructions, we don’t abide by due process, we are haphazard and disorganised people!

This scenario presents us with an alarming mis-orientation and the misplaced value system of the average Nigerian through religious brainwashing and political deceit. It shows that majority of Nigerians want to get something for doing nothing!  That’s laziness! That’s an ungodly attitude. It is unbiblical and contrary to natural law. Nations are not built through laziness, but in Nigeria both the leaders and the followership are chronically lazy!

In one of my previous article: ‘Why Nigerians Should Stop Praying’, I had written that & ‘Everything is wrong with a people who think God would one day come down and do for them what He has placed in their hand to do ..., I know the awesome power of God but there are certain things He has committed into our hands to do and we must do them if we want to progress as a nation. One of them is nation building! We cannot be pulling this country down every day with our own hands and then we rush back to the churches and mosques to pray.... The Bible doesn’t say that prayer exalts a nation rather it says it is righteousness that exalts a nation’

But our leaders have signed a pact with the Devil to maintain unrighteousness as a standard of governance. It is therefore not possible to have a happy year in a nation where ungodliness reigns. What is happy about the bombings that have persisted throughout the year and way into the Christmas season with the bombings in Kano? And where is the guarantee that there will be no bombings in 2013?

What is happy about endless queues at filling stations, about buying PMS way above the post-subsidy price of N97 even when the government still claims to be subsidizing part of the fuel costs? What do we expect differently in 2013 that will make the year happier as far as fuel availability and price is concerned?

What is happy about the pot-hole laden highways and what is happy about losing loved ones on avoidable motor accidents? Do we have any indication that the roads are going to be better in 2013?

What is happy about endless delays and flight cancellations at our airports? What is happy about the excessive taxation we pay to fly on domestic airlines offering substandard customer care? Is this going to change in 2013?

I am not happy that I needed to put on the generator to write this article and there is nothing on ground to make the power situation better in 2013.

So if you are wishing to wish me a happy new year, please do a rethink. There is no happy year in Nigeria..

 

 


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