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2018: The Expectations, Fears of Nigerians

The year 2017 has come and gone, with its mixture of loads of the good ad the bad. How would that year live in the collective consciousness of Nigerians? And, at last, we have entered yet another brand new year-2018. How would Nigerians want it to play out in terms of its overall effects on their indices of daily life, progress and development generally? Correspondents Ralph Madugu and Danjuma Auta sample the views of a wide range of Nigerians in search of answers to the above questions.

Nigerians have continued to express different views over the fortunes of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari since he took over power more than two years ago.

Although some are of the opinion that the administration has done relatively well, others still feel that it is still not prepared to give the people the good governance they have been yearning for, especially the much  acclaimed change mantra it came with.

Hon. Barr. Joshua Izang Madaki, member representing Jos East and Chief Whip of the Plateau State House of Assembly, believes that the past two years have not been easy and politicians must learn to  speak nothing but the truth. He said that although he was elected on the platform of the APC, he cannot say the party has met the expectations of the masses in Nigeria a hundred percent, neither can he say that the party has failed the people. According to him, the current administration met a lot of challenges and had to tackle them one at a time, adding that every step being taken was aimed at finding permanent solutions to such problems. As a result, the people need to be patient and give the administration more time to fulfill its promises.

He added that it is true that when the current administration rode to power on the wings of the change mantra, Nigerians were expecting a lot more than what they are now getting. But despite that, he said, Nigerians should also accept that this administration has changed certain ways of doing things in the country, adding that government policies and programmes cannot simply be carried out or changed within a very short time…

Read the complete story in the January 2018, edition of Today’s Challenge magazine