2015 And The Burden Of Expectations

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It remains indeed an intriguing paradox that the relief and joy often associated with a year that is running to its full course is usually followed with the anxiety and palpable expectancy of the year being anticipated. That is the way of man.
In a time such as this when humans begin to show forth some of the traditional features of Janus- the double-faced Greek god, we look back to year 2014 with some sense of relief and gratitude to the almighty God that we survived the virulent Ebola virus, the spate of bombings from insurgency, the increasing cases of kidnapping road mishaps and the spiraling effects of certain economic policies.
Slowly but steadily 2014 is fading into the realm of history leaving behind memories of hard fought party primaries in a maturing democracy, dwindling oil prices at the international market, the unfortunate kidnapping of the Chibok girls, the sad failure of the Super Eagles to fly to the African Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea to defend the continental football trophy won two years ago in South Africa.
Looking ahead to the on-coming year, 2015, Nigerians are approaching the year with expectations bordering on heightened anxiety. The questions on the minds of many range from concerns on how the security situation across the country can be improved on especially in the troubled parts of the North Eastern part of the country.
2015 is also an election year. The presidential election is particularly critical as it will significantly determine the policy and developmental direction of the country for the next four years. Some say that the outcome will have a direct correlation with the security situation in the country. The election is predicted to be between incumbent President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Both parties acknowledge that there is truly a contest ahead as it cannot be a walk over for any of the parties.
Nigerians are also looking forward to a year of far-reaching economic decisions arising from the dwindling revenue from oil, the main stay of the nation’s economy. With the steady drop in oil price, 2015 will certainly turn out to be the year of economic diversification.
Nigeria must of necessity have to source for revenue outside oil if the year’s budget projection is to be implemented. This will lead to the development of the non-oil sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, solid minerals and tourism. There is no more need to postpone the evil day.
Some sections of the international community had predicted it to be the year the bubble will bust for the Nigerian federation. Many patriots are, however, of the opinion that 2015 will turn out to be the year for the entrenchment of the nation’s democracy. It is indeed the year that politics will be meeting economy at the altar of security and major policy decisions.
There is no doubt that Nigeria will wade through the historically significant year with some success stories to tell to the world just as was the case with the Ebola virus. As we say goodbye to 2014, it is indeed a season of great expectations for Nigerians as to what 2015 holds.