Time is a continuum, an endless stream of seconds, minutes, and hours. Time flows into eternity. And the division of time gives the seasons depending on the part of the hemisphere where one lives. So, we have the dry and rainy seasons in Nigeria, while in Europe and America they have autumn, spring, summer and winter.
Time passes, without thinking about us. But we bear the telltale signs of the passage of time. The passage of time smears our hair with gray hair and wrinkles and wrinkles of plaster on the face. And we are twisted with age, an evidence that time has passed. So the once straight-as-a-stick youth has become a stooped, lazy old man. Time robs us of our youthful vigor. Is not time a thief of youth?
Once again, time rushes us towards our graves, our eternal resting places. Don’t people die of old age? And he lashes us with tragedies and covers us with abundant blessings. Traveling through time makes us experience a roller coaster of emotions.
Endless time travel. Since the beginning of the world, which is immemorial, time has not stopped in its movement, not once. Time travels in cycles, an endless cyclical movement. And the day is forever on the heels of the night. The days give birth to the week. And the weeks give birth to the month; and the months of the year.
We have just marked the year 2022. It has entered the annals of our history. In the years to come, some people will remember it with joy and nostalgia, while the mere mention of it will bring tears to other people’s eyes. Some people achieved their goals in 2022 while other people’s hopes for a better future faded in 2022. Such is the attribute of the passage of time: it serves us different dishes.
For example, in the year 2022, I lost my dear mom, who was my great companion. A part of me died with her; and a void was created in my life. But I moved on in the same way that other grieving people have. Death is an integral part of life; the end of the journeys of our lives. But its finality, as well as its irreversibility, causes us deep pain and anguish.
In the year 2022 some prominent Nigerians walked out of our mainland of ills. And they have become our ancestors, taking care of us from the spiritual dimension. But most of our ancestors who worked tirelessly for the betterment of Nigeria had become poltergeists due to the bad happenings that occur in Nigeria frequently. Nigeria as it is now is not the kind of country they envisioned or envisioned for us.
In the year 2022, from which we said goodbye, the perpetration of homicidal acts in Nigeria were commonplace. Human life has lost its sacredness. Young people who were on drugs killed other people for flimsy reasons. They do not consider killing other people to be sacrilegious.
That is why bandits, terrorists and insurgents roamed freely, unchallenged, in the north, killing people and kidnapping wealthy Nigerians for ransom. They are fighting to achieve their theocratic and ethnic goals at the expense of human lives.
And in the year 2022, the Nigerian economy was struggling as evidenced by the depreciation of the naira. The naira, which is yoyoing in the money market, is worthless and very weak against the dollar and other currencies. That is why the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has proposed measures, which it will implement to prop up our economy.
Furthermore, in the year 2022, millions of Nigerians were unable to extricate themselves from the quagmire of unbearable poverty. However, the APC-led government had promised to lift millions of impoverished Nigerians out of poverty. But the opposite is true in our country, with millions of unemployed Nigerian youth roaming the streets in search of white and blue collar jobs, which are non-existent in the country.
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Even those who are employed by the government do not receive wages, which can be called living wages. They are very poorly paid in relation to the jobs they do. The stalemate between the federal government and ASUU was caused in part by wage issues. While thieving politicians live large, government employees live hand to mouth. And both the state and federal governments rarely review the wages of government workers to alleviate the suffering caused by our economic hardships.
Now, it is obvious to us that our leaders are callous to our plight. The impasse of the federal government -Asuu, which caused the closure of our state universities for eight months, highlights the callousness of our political leaders. As a country, the year 2022 has gone down in our history as the year in which our university students stayed at home for eight months without their fault.
But a new year calls us. It is a clean slate on which we will write. We must resolve to do the right thing and strive to rescue Nigeria from the jaws of economic and technological stagnation.
2023 is a general election year for us. So let’s cast our votes for a competent, patriotic, visionary, informed, honest and humble presidential candidate who can transform Nigeria for the better if he wins the presidential election.
I urge that we disregard ethnic and religious factors when choosing the next president of Nigeria. Let us keep this in mind as we make our electoral decisions in 2023: there is a nexus between national development and good political leadership.
May 2023 be a miraculous year for us.