New Year in Nigeria . . .

Posted December 31, 2010 from Nigeria

We are now almost an hour into the New Year in Nigeria. Reports of violence around the country over the past 24hours seem to portend trouble for the New Year.

I began to catch wind of the goings-on through the news feed streaming onto my sister's phone from friends' Facebook updates.

"Another bomb blast. I won't be going to any large services this evening."

"Breaking news: Bomblasts rocks Abuja at Abacha barracks"

"Violence in jos and ibadan as 2010 winds to an end"

There has been no electricity for about a week (rumor has it there is no gas available to power the turbines) so I could not watch the news to confirm the reports. Now, we have the generator on for a few hours, and as I search online for related news and listen in on a news broadcast on television, I cannot help but say a prayer for my nation. With elections coming up in a few months, the tension in the air is palpable; the tone of local political talk, foul and disturbing; the people, wearied and on-edge.

I am hoping for the best. I am hoping for fairness, justice, and peace in the electoral process. Please keep an eye on Nigeria and keep watch with us in this new year. Most of all, please speak out on our behalf.

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  • Olutosin
    Jan 02, 2011
    Jan 02, 2011

    Thanks SLaw, 2010 wae a year that ended with sad note, adding the tragic assassination of our own dear Chidi Nwosu. A good human rights activist who was maimed and later shot on his chest a few hours before the new year. He was 39 years, he spoke against corruption in Nigeria, his wife and only child were locked in the bathroom. Nigeria is becoming increasingly insecured for the masses. We live in darkness, therefore there is no power to watch the News but thanks to all the online groups and mobile phones that keep us connected. The World must pray for the developing world. Poverty is breeding hopelessness and hopelessness prepares us for any kind of violence and death. At the moment like this, we beg our friends to Speak out on our behalf, we may restrain ourselves now, we have the facts but we fear for our lives. Oue leaders can kill hundred poor masses because of one activist. Thanks to everyone who is courageous enough to speak up, those in diaspora in yahoo groups and facebook! The World is an everlastin book and every page is our action and deeds. Africa is at the decisive junction. May we choose the path of honour.

  • Chinyere Nwamadu-Nwakanma
    Jan 02, 2011
    Jan 02, 2011

    It is sad that such things are happening in this century in Nigeria.Nigerians need to learn to tolerate the different views of people in the society .Why must someone be killed for voicing his opinions ? .This is totally babaric and backward.

  • Nusrat Ara
    Jan 03, 2011
    Jan 03, 2011

    May peace return soon,


  • Vivian Emesowum
    Jan 03, 2011
    Jan 03, 2011

    Dear Slaw,

    Thanks you for bringing this news on WP. Thanks to my blackberry internet service where I read about the terrible bomb blast in Abuja and Jos. I just wonder how this year election will be. I doubt a free and fair election in Nigeria. This is bad, so bad but we will continue to pray to God to deliver us from violence so that we do not become victims of this election.

    Happy new year. How you had a wonderful celebration

  • SAsong
    Jan 04, 2011
    Jan 04, 2011

    My heart goes out to all residing in Nigeria. With the recent turn of events in Ivory Coast, it is unfortunate to see division instead of unity. With the number of upcoming elections in Africa in 2011 (Cameroon included), we need peaceful resolutions to upsets at the ballots. 2011 needs to be a year of change, growth, and posperity for Africa in its entirety. I hope you and your families are well. God bless.