The average Nigerian can say his 2017 was very bad and possibly the worst year Nigeria has ever experienced. From economic depressions to failed EFCC prosecutions, the average Nigerian is definitely looking for deliverance from above.
Here are 2 of the major headlines that highlighted the Nigerian 2017.
1. Rochas Okorocha
Governor of Imo State, in the southern part of Nigeria, in 2017 had gone on a money-wasting spree by approving a statue of present South African president, Mr.Jacob Zuma in the state capital, Owerri. The Zuma statue was estimated at a worth of 520 million naira, and came under intense fire for that especially from the opposition party. He also approved a statue of the first female African president, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
The craziest move of the governor was in December when he reshuffled his commissioner cabinet and created a new ministry: Ministry of Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment. (Seems stupid, right?). He appointed his sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo as the commissioner of the ministry. Immediately the news broke out, Nigerian Twitter, popularly called #TwitterNG was on fire. The search word “Okorocha” trended with over 10 thousand tweets that day and the next.
Okorocha with the newly-elected President of Liberia, George Weah.— 9jaWitches 🧙♀️🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) December 30, 2017
Are you thinking what ayam thinking? pic.twitter.com/vR7FOMnQGo
George Wear has been elected president of Liberia..... We are happy but it's really not our business right!!!— Oh' Kelvin (@kelvinekerete) December 27, 2017
Good people of Imo state, expect another statue in your town because your governor Rochas Okorocha has been spotted with the Liberian president elect. pic.twitter.com/99rHogPXtz
Things I'm watching out for in 2018.— FERAN (@Feran_107) January 1, 2018
1. @adekunleGOLD's #About30🎙️
2. Power season 5🎥
3. PMB's resignation✍🏾
4. World cup🏆
5. More statues from Okorocha🗿
2. The economy
Nigeria’s economy fell under criticism as the naira fell to 360 naira per dollar. The opposition party, PDP were always ready to criticize. The budget for the year was passed in June after so much delay, and definitely the budget could not be fully implemented.
The Federal Government can be rated fairly in its move to diversify the Nigerian economy into exportation of rice, through mining, and other ways.
Another highlight is when the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics published in September that Nigeria out of recession. The news brought in mixed reactions of course, bevause the ordinary man still bought Gala with lower meat at 100 Naira.
At the end of the year, right before Christmas, a fuel scarcity was announced. How does an oil-producing OPEC nation have a fuel scarcity. Most people felt it was an induced scarcity by the government or the marketers.
The fuel scarcity lingers on in the New Year…
Buhari’s New Year’s Speech should have started with an apology for fuel scarcity not with blaming marketers. Then he should have talked of solutions not of dealing with those he thinks are responsible. Finally, it should have contained what he has done, not what he intends to do.— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 2, 2018