By Sampson Uhuegbu, Owerri
Here comes the much talked – about year 2022. The Twenty Thousand and Twenty Two (2022) was urshered in with rolling out of drums by Christians of diverse doctrines.This Year began from January, 1st; and the day had been generally cenceptualized that any unguided or guided utterances made on this day materializes either negatively or positively. Some families mark the new year with prayers.
Every beginning of the year, people take certain decisions which they feel should be meaningful to their lives. These resolves include; getting married, giving up smoking, drinking, stopping indecent dressing, eating more healthy food, shunning bribery, corruption, electoral malpractices and other related social vices. It means a promise that you made to yourself to start doing something good or quit doing bad things on the first day of January.
It comes with determination and a self – scrutiny, circumcision of the heart sincerity of purpose towards achieving the set goals for the year. Sometimes, it becomes too difficult to be upheld when corners are cut. Off all the previous resolutions whether implemented or not, It is quite strategic and vital. Alliances and political realignments have clandestinely started as Nigerians are going to the polls in the second month of 2023, strong personal and collective resolutions should be made- strategically one that would reshape the cause of our states nay country and its citizenry.
Cultural, religious, traditional, economic and sociopolitical resolutions should be wisely taken in the spirit of the season and in respect to the incoming political dispensation when people of the state and Nigerians will decide through their vote casts in the 2023 general election. I am aware, people are fed up with the socioeconomic situation of the country today and would undertake an unprecedented bold step to correct the wrongs via their votes.
As we have successfully transitted into 2022, Leaders should remember that learning is a key element to becoming a good leader, while leading by example (teaching) changes the status of leaders. Conversely, the led should also bear in mind that their responsibility is not really singing praises or syncophanting for the political office holders who has apparently performed below expectations of the voters who gave them their mandates to be in corridors of power on their behalf. The terrible hardtimes people underwent in the years past have opened their eyes widely and must have realized their past way the menace may not be repeated its President Muhammadu Buhari’s predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is glaringly romancing with the incumbent leader in order to be presented as his anointed candidate in the forthcoming election of which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said the 2023 presidential election is scheduled to hold on February 18, 2023.
It is the expectations of Nigerians that the electoral umpire should also conduct a transparent poll so that their sins shall be forgiven by the agrieved Nigerians. Even as the Igbo (South East) are jostling for the position to be ceded to them as President Buhari is rounding- off his second term in office, they have best brains that are aspiring for the seat. Ndi Igbo are peace-loving and have outstandingly exhibited leadership qualities for this worthy cause. Dr. Jonathan is a gentleman that I respect so much because of his possession of midas touch for honouraly handing over power to the current President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan, in 2015 Presidential polls, had all the thouwithow to rig the election to his favour but he gentlemanly held a fair excersise that gave Buhari victory. Dr. Jonathan should therefore personally advise his successor to detach himself from political sentiment and hand over political to the South East extraction.
The 2023 seems to have a good tidings to the people of Imo and Nigerians at large. It should thus be welcomed with peace of mind and avoidance of slandering, assassination, killings, unnecessary show of force, banditory and, youths restiveness, thurgry. Politics should be unmyopically seen as a do – or- die affairs. Incidentally, the recent Police arrest of the former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu inside the church has generated missed reactions- wherein the present administration of Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma and Okorocha trading words over the incident. Whether the Government has hands in the act or not, it does not negate the indisputable fact that democracy frowns at disunity and disarray among politicians irrespective of political parties.
The interest of Ndi Imo should be placed on top far above personal desires. It is a time to take personal decision for the overall interest of all and sundry. Leaders of various structures should be prepared to brace up to the challenges facing the people . Education, Agriculture, Sports, Commerce&Industry, infrastructural Development and others need to be looked into and therefore see ways it could be harnessed in order to touch lives of the people positively.
Moreso, there are certain issues affecting Nigerians that must be strongly fought against by all and sundry who deeply feel disenchanted over the state of things in our land. President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Hope Uzodimma and other current key stakeholders in the state and federal Governments. Peace and unity are to be given chance to reign supreme among all.
It is the optimism of Nigerians that high prices of goods and services, unemployment, insecurity challenges, banditory, bribery and corruption, ethnic dycotomy, hardship, sectionalism and other things that caused hardtimes in the last year. 2022 is full of high anticipations.
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