This Time Next Year By Mobolaji Sanusi

The year is getting to an end. In eleven days time, year 2013 will yield ground for another new season. Among individuals, the way it ends might vary but we can only hope and pray for the best. In the impending merriment of Xmas and the New Year celebrations of this festive period, there is need for deep and sober reflections. As private persons or as public personalities, how far have we gone in meeting set goals; for self and society, in the vanishing year? We should not become victims of excuses, even though there is never enough time to do all we set out to achieve; we should strive to be nothing but conqueror of objectives: And by objectives, this column mean those deeds that could stand the test of time and benefit humanity.

Time is of essence in life. It is what keeps everything from happening at once. Every living being has own time or better put-magic moment. The year is ending and now that individuals have their time in their hands, how best have they deployed it. Is it used for egocentric purposes or for more enduring ventures? Whether you are president, governor, minister, commissioner, local government chairman or directing mind in an organisation among other powerful positions, by the turn of 2013, your days in office would have been reduced by a year. The crowd of people you see around you today would not be there forever. They throng around your position, not you person. When another person occupies the seat tomorrow, you automatically become history and what you live on subsequently is your good deeds-or better put legacy. Have you, despite your present position, ever given this inescapable looming reality any deep thought in the midst of privileged reverence that you are daily accorded by virtue of your position?

Let us all remember in whatever grandeur it might currently please God to place us as the year runs to an end that there comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is our own hearts- the ultimate judge of human conducts. The earlier we learn the sound of our hearts, the better so that we can correctly decipher what it is saying and follow it. The problem with powerful men is that they have avoidably failed to be loyal to their conscience and have failed to discern inevitable change and challenge when about to occur. The saddest words that could ever come out of the mouth of once-upon-a-powerful-fellow are: ‘It might have been.’ As the year runs to an end, you still have the power to shape you today and the future. Whatever part you deliberately chose, whether of self perdition or sentence to irreverent oblivion should not be subsequently called mistakes?

Remember as the year runs to an end that there have been tyrants and slayers, and for some time, they can seem insuperable, but in the end, they always fall. Remember that it is your action, not the fruit of your action that would count against or for you on judgement day which is why you must endeavour to always do what is importantly right. Let your action not be informed by personal gains alone because that may not be in your power to decide. God in His infinite mercy might decide to let your action benefit only humanity and nobody can stop that? But you would be remembered, long after you have gone as the harbinger of that good action, and would be duly celebrated one day. But that doesn’t mean you should stop doing the right thing because there may not be immediate personal gains. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result to celebrate in the world.

As the year runs to an end, remember that yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. What dreams do you have as a leader- for the country as her directing mind and the world at large so that there can be a peaceful global village for all to co-habit? Do not be deceived by the false friends or deterred by true enemies that success usually attract. Just make sure you put in your best in all you do in whatever position you might presently be privileged to occupy.

Having gone this far, it is pertinent to remind our privileged men of power on the need to engage in pertinent self re-examination. The president, governors and other political appointees by this time next year would be buying time in power. The president and most of the governors would have become lame duck in their positions since fresh elections have been fixed for January/February, 2015 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Political parties would have nominated candidates that would stand for elections into these exalted positions and the people would be seeking the hands of the likely candidates that would take-over power. That has been the tradition of change of baton in the political firmament. But those that did well by this time next year would be filled with certain sense of fulfilment.

How would our current crop of elected and appointed public officers want to be remembered? What future have they built for their family through their handiwork while in government? Is it one that will invite opprobrium or acclaim from members of the public? Is there time for them to remedy their avoidable pitfalls of the past by turning a new leaf in the New Year? And for Nigerians: Are they ready to tolerate the misfits in government that continue to rigmarole them with bad governance? Are Nigerians going to over look any failure whatsoever from INEC in the 2015 general elections? Will the recent Anambra governorship election debacle be the last electoral nonsense to be tolerated in the country?

We should continue to fervently pray for God’s special grace in Nigeria so that the coming 2015 general elections would not be the last to be held under this dispensation because of insinuations of violence that rents the air. This column believes in such prayers and would continue to do everything to seek divine protection and blessings for the country. But above all, the ruling class must stop its destructive do-or-die politics with which our polity has been replete with in the past 14 years of democratic rule. In conclusion, this column is wishing all its readers merry and enjoyable Xmas in advance. Let us all do things in moderation and more importantly, love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

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