Trust you are make the best of the times. There is no doubt that we are in the most challenging times ever, in the face of it, we can only do our best;l and best we shall do.
Most parts of Africa are enjoying some relative calm, save for a few skirmishes here and there. The case is not exactly same in Nigeria but thick skins has been oir bane.
The depreciating value of the Naira, unending terrorist attacks, kidnappings and a bunch of other indices are not helping either.
2023 is however upon us and the hand writings on the wall is showing similar trends to what happened in 2015. Some fences were recently mended.
A number of capable hands have emerged from the various political parties. Political jobbers are out and already setting the pace for the conversations ahead of the main campaigns.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp are already feeling the heat as salvos are being thrown across channels.
The candidates of the two main political parties, Abubakar Atiku and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have topped conversations but a new sensation has joined the trend in the person of former governor Peter Obi who seems to have the attention of the youths.
In 2015, we saw friends become enemies and even witnessed fisticuffs as a result of the arguments for and against candidates. That same trend is already on the rise, the arguments are now circled around Atiku, Obi and Tinubu with suggestions of the other candidates coming in trickles.
Polls have revealed Obi as the most favoured but when the figures are presented supporters of Atiku and Tinubu raise the argument of the credibility of the polls. Friends have started turning against themselves, I have heard of a couple arguing along the same lines and siblings are not left out of it.
From the trends so far, it seems more enemies will be made this year but ironically; the candidates are never this much at each other’s throats.
A word of advice though, when the vituperations get out of hands; please take a bow and let the louder voice win. Prove your point at the polls by voting your choice, never force your choice down anyone’s throats.
What I find interesting already, is the number of competent individuals I have seen in the race and the possibility of a real third force emerging and taking the forerunners by storm.
Fingers cross, 2023 is going to be an exciting election year.
Whatever your position, please remember to make someone smile through your random acts of kindness.