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2013: What will be the tune of Nigerian politics?
February 04 , 2013

A friend once said, “each year holds a fresh challenge for Nigerian politics.” According to him, the Nigerian political structure has been transformed lately to a crisis territory. Challenges become the much talked about and celebrated feats. If you are glued and conversant with the current political dispensation, you will understand that Nigeria, in the past few years (precisely in the 4th republic), has been attacked yearly by one or more hideous crises; most of which pose before our administrators as challenges of making effective decisions and policies needed to stir progress in the nation.

When you cast your minds back to the previous tenures in the 4th republic, you will come to grips with the fact that most challenges hitting the nation before now come up at the beginning of each new regime. For example, during the first tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo, 1999-2003, the predominant challenges he had to grapple with were the inter-ethnic crisis in the north, with Kaduna and Kano chief among them; as well as the Central-Eastern State of Benue and the Southern oil-rich Niger Delta.

According to media reports, 10,000 people were killed in these violent outbursts during. In the case of the late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who only served from 2007-2010, he was faced with the Niger Deltan Militancy. This period saw a lot of kidnappings and ruthlessness in the oil region. He was finally able to curb this problem to reasonable level.

It is so unfortunate today that the mode of problems and challenges which hit the nation has changed since President Goodluck Jonathan took office in May 2010. A lot of controversies have been linked with this administration. As each year winds up and a new one begins, it presents a fresh challenge for the nation. Immediately, he took over as the acting president, we had the October 1 2010 bomb blast at Eagles Square, Abuja. In 2011, just after his election, this ugly trend of bombings continued with the bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja on the 26th of August. It toughened, ushered, and finally lay on the floor, the bombing trends in Nigeria as we can see from continuous reports of bombings in the north – in Kaduna, Kano, Borno, Jos, Abuja, Yobe, Niger and Bauchi. The worst happened on year 2011 Christmas day when a church in Abuja was bombed, killing numerous defenseless people. This sad event ended the year.

The year 2012 was probably the most shocking of all. This year was the most confusing for the President. This could be deduced from how he made decisions and approached national issues. Just at the beginning of the year, the president turned the smiles of the people into tears with his removal of fuel subsidy announced on New Year day. The decision almost squeezed the economy of this country. As though that wasn’t enough, few months later, he took another controversial decision in the renaming of University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University. A quick backlash followed this decision.  Other challenging trends continued, some of which were the reoccurring bombings and killings in the nation, all attributed to Boko Haram.

From the foregoing, having developed an understanding of the trend of problems which have encompassed Nigeria in the 4th republic, it would be pertinent that even as 2013 begins, a prediction of possible challenges to come and taking proactive steps toward prevent them should among the priorities of the government. Let’s not forget that, "early preparation they say is wisdom"

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