Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

In this season of Christmas

In a fortnight, 2016 will be upon us after a mixed bag of 2015. It is only fitting to retrospectively look at a year that has shaped Nigeria in many ways and count the blessings.

There is no better time to take stock at a time when Jesus Christ, God’s Gift of Love to humanity was born; a period of family, sharing and giving without the expectation of reward.

To say the least, the 2015 general elections redefined Nigeria as a political party that has being in government for 16 years capitulated to peoples’ power. Most importantly, the election passed without the much anticipated bloodshed, is a watershed in the annals of not just the country, but Africa.

However, the nation is going through necessary but difficult pangs of rebirth. It is in this that the essence of Christ coming should be appreciated. Jesus Christ came in rough surroundings as a means to teach humility, endurance and hard work.

What should we as Nigerians, Christians and non-Christians draw from this? It teaches us that as the Muhammadu Buhari presidency works to clean the Aegean stable; all citizens need to give him their support by enduring the teething pains associated with the reforms he is proposing such as the tortuous fuel scarcity being witnessed.

Given the arms probe which has revealed how the nation’s treasury was pillaged as well as the implementation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA, which has somewhat created some difficulties, it is imperative that Nigerians set down for hard work in rebuilding and revamping the economy.

Jesus Christ came to make the wrong, right and even had to wield the whip at a certain stage, so, it will not be entirely out of place if the administration lashes out sometimes in its effort to make things better for all.

Aware of this, the government needs to build consensus, demonstrate with clarity its priorities and run an open and inclusive government. The people should as well give commitment of their readiness, especially at this Christmas season, that it is ready to yield to the demands of this administration for a better Nigeria.

The country maybe struggling with unemployment, but it has a fighting chance to of a better future if we keep the light of discipline and patriotism burning in our actions.

So as we reflect in this season, we should eschew corruption, bend down to work, and remember, “there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.” 

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