Like every new year, 2019 begins with gratitude for crossing over into the new year and much promise for new beginnings.
Needless to say, unlike the United States of America, we don’t have a Thanksgiving holiday. Christmas takes care of the bird eating and the homecoming for all, home and away. New Year celebrations, on the other hand, fulfil the thankfulness purpose. Our churches are bombarded with parishioners and visitors on New Year’s eve, asking for blessings for the new year. The countdown into the new year at the stroke of midnight is performed with much exuberance.
Having said that, 2019 holds much promise for new leadership in the country. By April, new elections will be conducted. There is much gainsay over the furtherance of the present administration. After U.S. President, Donald Trump’s remarks at how “lifeless” he found our president, Muhammadu Buhari, it’s as though something was awakened. That song has since been hummed across the federation. Some of the youth seek or less lifeless president for April 2019.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, 2018, lamenting a non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed with the Federal Government. Impeding learning in both federal and state universities, the strike promises to be comprehensive and indefinite. It is no news that this occurred similarly during the Jonathan administration. Lasting 5 months and 15 days, in 2013, the government quickly realised what damage ASUU could do to their re-election plans. Perhaps this is also the plan here. With campaigns in the air for the April, 2019 elections, the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket might need to pull a trick out of the hat.
For us at Gidi Cartel, first of all, we’re thankful for where we’ve started from, how we’ve since grown and we eagerly look forward to the opportunities ahead for great expansion and delivery.
As for what are we looking forward to in 2019, our CEO, Ajibola Odukoya shares a few words.
“We look forward to bringing collaboration to the mainstream in Nigeria. So much can be achieved by people coming together for a common cause. This is what we hope to achieve in this new year.”