2022 came with all its tension, laughs, the massacre in Owo, Ondo state, the spike in US Dollar – Naira exchange rates and the fall thereof, the social media trends, change in Naira notes designs and a lot of other elements that made it quite an interesting year.
Yet, 2023 is a townhall different from bagsgwkwudhs. It’s the year that houses what the next eight years will look like for Nigerians in Nigeria. And so far, the possible options for many have been binary. But that’s not what this article is about.
I’m writing this to make you realize how important voting at the elections is. This is supposed to remind you that trillions of Naira are made everyday from crude oil in this country, yet we are in debt. It is to make you understand that insurgency has a face, and one of them is contesting for Vice President, come February.
Do you believe me when I say that the very man who is alleged to have facilitated the Lekki Massacre, some drug scandal in Chicago, rigged elections in the past and nepotism over the south-western region of the country is about to run for President? Sounds very far-fetched, but it happens to be true!
And so while the tension appears to be interesting or exciting, or even scary for some, remember that the decision you make on who to vote affects us all directly and will yield results in less than two months after the election, but last through the possible eight years of tenure.
Happy new year. Welcome to 2023.