2013; Year Of The Water Snake By Hannatu Musawa

Hannatu Musawa
Columnist: 
Sonala Olumhense

We survived! Contrary to the prediction of the Mayans, the world didn’t end in 2012. Yes, the Mayans got it wrong, 2012 was not the year of the final disaster, destruction and mayhem. But even though the deadline for the prophesized end of the world has passed without any fire storm or killer tsunamis ushering in the demise of our species, in Nigeria, at times, it felt as if the world was ending. This is because 2012 was the year that we could truly confirm that the soul, spirit, and humanity of Nigerians had been lost as evidenced by the bombing mass murders by extremists, the constant kidnappings and the burning and butchering of University students by a whole village community.

2012 was the year where our government flirted with disaster, thanks to their impiety towards Nigerians with the callous fuel prize increase. 2012 was the year Nigerians barely survived their suffering and saw the repeat of severe tragedies; from air crashes to mass road accidents. No doubt, it has not been a year of joy and jubilation for Nigerians. 2012 was even the year Nigeria was ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist publication as the worst country in the world to be born.

So as we wave goodbye to a year filled with calamities and usher in a new dawn, as we ease into 2013, it’s time to craft those ritualistic projections, predictions and resolutions. Hot on the heels of an incredibly turbulent year, we hope 2013 will bring with it a combination of events that will soften the hardship felt by Nigerians and by extension minimize the cynicism felt towards government. As the horizon dawns, it may be useful to take stock of the past year, see if we can detect any precedents and learn any insight from the events that have come before us.

At the helm of the challenges that Nigeria faced in 2012 is the deficient security situation. From church bombings, to kidnappings, to outrageous crimes, 2012 was the year of the criminal; the year where villains who were ready and set to cause pandemonium ran about their business as if they ruled the world. Helpless we watched as innocent men, women, children were blown in their places of sanctuary. Outraged we were subjected to terrorist footage of intimidation and threats. Powerless, we observed as Nigerians were one by one kidnapped by gung-ho criminal buccaneers. Shocked we held our breath as several of our University youth were tortured and burned, shot in their hostels and lured on Facebook, raped and strangled. Helpless, outraged, powerless and shocked we watched! Meanwhile our authorities, our police, our security forces stood clueless, sat gridlocked almost as if suffering from some sort of self-induced stagnation, unable to bring sanity to our security situation.

Other avoidable incidents include the condition of our air safety. Suffice to say; never again do we want to see a repeat of this kind of chain of air disasters. The painful lessons learnt, and there are many, must never be forgotten.

On the international front, things have not been that different. One may have thought that, six years after the global financial crisis first broke, the recession would be well behind most markets and the global economy would have pulsated back to life. Instead, huge swathes of the world seem to be embarking on a path with long-term stagnation. Then there’s the drama that is still playing out in the Middle East. The Middle East may have seen a season of the Arab Spring, but none of us could have foreseen how persistent and fierce the conflict in Syria would become. Hot on the heels of the late

Gadhafi, many of us never would have thought that President Bashar Assad would make it another year in office.
So much has happened in Nigeria in the last 365 days, yet nothing has happened at all! And even though one can only hazard a guess as to what the next 365 days has in store for us, based on past actions; there are some probabilities and based on folklore; there is one calendar system with a reputation for the depths of its wisdom and accuracy of its character analysis and prediction; the Chinese calendar. The system is the oldest timekeeping system in existence and although the actual Chinese New Year is yet to begin, 2013 according to the Chinese will be known as the year of water snake. So what does the water snake predict for us this year?

According to the Chinese calendar if, after the frenzy of 2012, the year of the dragon, we thought we were out of the woods, then we have another thing coming. In Chinese myth, the year of the water snake is a year of obstacles and shakes-ups that traditionally brings many challenges and disasters. It is imagined that it will be a very slow year but at the same time, there will be a lot of unexpected events in 2013. It’s a year when quick manoeuvres are going to be needed in order to avoid unexpected obstacles. In general, snakes are tricky creatures which move in a manner where its body undulates making it difficult to tell which direction it is moving in. Apparently, that is what can be expected with any year that is represented by the water snake; it will seem to go in one direction, and then, very unexpectedly, it will veer in completely another direction. Legend has it that those who do best in the year of the water snake are the people that have a natural ability to move at the velocity of the snake and who are able to traverse tricky waters.

True to the Chinese Calender, judging from the events of 2012, reading from the body language of the president, it would be fair to say that Nigerians can expect a year filled with colourful commotion as far as politics goes. This is to be expected because for every active politician in Nigeria, in the run up to the dreaded 2015, 2013 may well symbolize a make or break year. All the backbiting and politicking we have witnessed since the last election will appear to be child’s play compared to the subterfuge we are about to witness as we move towards 2015.

And subterfuge it certainly will be, especially given the fact that the machinations and intrigues for the second, or is it third, coming of President Goodluck Jonathan has already started. Rather than perform their official duty of which they were appointed into office, a number of the Presidents band of merry men appear to be more interested in transferring national wealth to their private accounts and prancing about with indicted criminals and thieves. Amid exposés of grand embezzlement, sleaze and mismanagement, the President and his cabinet seem to care very little that the nation around them is crumbling piece by piece.

How about the opposition parties, what if anything will they do to stem the behemoth of the ruling party as we approach 2015? Well, the opposition party have only one option and that option is no other than the great merger we have been hearing about. For the first time, since 1999, it looks like the opposition may finally be in a position to marshal a counter movement against the ruling party, even win in 2015. But that can only become a reality if in-house cleansing, strategy and perception is applied by each of the merging parties. Individual members of the opposition must put their personal ambitions aside in the interest of the greater good and merge as one whole entity. Thereafter, they must put the issue of a zonal presidency aside and consider adopting a consensus candidate based on achievement and popularity not tribe. A candidate that comes from any part of the country, a candidate that is ready, willing and able to transform this country to the level it deserves should they be victorious.

So only time will tell if the predictions of the Chinese will produce any truth, but as long as it is not as incorrect as the great 2012 Mayan prophesy, then Nigerians had better brace themselves. As a people who thrive for development, Nigerians need to make a new resolve to take charge of their destiny as they did in the beginning of 2012. Occupy Nigeria must always be on standby in readiness for the call of duty.

Whatever happens in this great land, we must look to our future with hope notwithstanding the fact that according to the Chinese, the year of the snake will surely produce a ‘shake-up’… or shall I say ‘snake-up!’
Welcome to the Year of the Water Snake folks. Welcome to 2013!

Hannatu Musawa
www.hannatumusawa.com
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WAKE UP

Thanks Hannatu, I like this piece of yours, but it seems you're not living in Nigeria, else you would have known that no single Muslim was ever cought trying to detonate bomb in any church, instead, only christians were caught red handed in several uccasions trying to do so. So please do not get to be in the same shoe with the world in trying to defame Islam and Muslims by always trying to allege extrimist (Muslims) for all the 2012 bombardments in Nigerian churches, though the doers are meant to make you and all think so.

DERI Mouthpiece & Errand Boy of the SS!!!

@Deri...must we continue to live in the mistake of the past? Because previous leaders have done some wrongs before does not give the present leader(s) to thrive in foolishness & impunity.
@Deri...your mind is so small & you can't see beyond your nose! Your attack on Buhari et al does not make you smart as I thought you are but it makes you a blinded follower who don't have a mind of his own.
You have never seen anything good in any write-up yet you don't have a piece of yours published here. I use to see the good side of your attacks as someone who's well read and sense of history. That alone makes you also qualify for the President of Nigeria rather than condone and defend any mistake of your so-called most intelligent person from SS(GEJ).
Have a rethink and contribute solutions rather than baseless attacks!!!
Food for thought...2013!

YEAR OF THE WATER SNAKE

I dont see why Hannatu's write-up should give birth to acerbic diatribes and name callings. She has written an admirable article which should give some readers a homework. We should be students of history and current events because our world is reshaping. When climatic cataclysm comes we wont be talking about North/South, Boko Haram, Kidnappings, Islam/Christianity etc. but we'll be talking about how to survive. Anyway, Ethnic politics and corruption is killing this great country. Let's defeat these setbacks and see how we rise to greatness. For now, Hannatu has done a good research to give us insights into the history of the future, and the wise must understand and build on it.

Born2Rule

deri d igorant! where were u when CAN Pres. resign and joined d race 2 contest 4d Post of NIGERIAN ASSOCIATION OF JET OWNERS(NAJO) PRESIDENT. Pls b updated.

u fools

u guys are a cowards becouse u dont even knw wht is happing. People are talking about development u ar there fools showing racism, trabalizing and ethnicity. Tell me wht we Nigerians archive from dis stupendose regim? Or is it the stealing the contry fund and buying private jets by the politicians, dat u ar happy with. In year 2010 we only have 40 something registered jet in dis contry, from 2011 to 2012 we ar counting morethan 140 somthing private jet in dis contry. This is how mayopic and corupt they are. Who soever is against they change is a fooool.

@chekwube: I am in lala land, you're in Deriland!

Before oil, groundnut, cocoa & palm oil dev’d Nig.

What I mean is: you’re paying far too low for my agric produce. I need to be paid the equivalent of what it would cost you to charter a ship to Asia or America to buy such life sustaining nutrients.

Even in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, gra gra comes only AFTER the belle is full.

In that book Achebe is only saying, "If Biafra had taken care of the agric sector, it would've fared better"

**

Ojukwu is the only great lover in Igboland. He made Bianca prefer him to young, eligible bachelors.

Unlike Ojukwu, Udam resorts to abuses. He comes & shouts, “Hannatu you are Fulani”, “You are Hausa”, etc.

When she can't be intimidated, he says, "Hannatu your email, etc. isn’t working. How can her email work when you don’t commend her effort?

Too bad Udam, Ojukwu died with the secret.

Keep trying. To help you try saying: “Hannatu I like your write-ups. I’ve been trying to email & tell you, but …”

you northerners keep dreaming

@shaka d zulu you said
"YOU'LL KNOW ME WHEN I
WITHRAW MY SUBSIDY ON
FOOD!"
keep living in la la land. Is it groundnuts, yams and tomotoes you will use in fighting Boko Haram and providing roads, schools and other infrastructures in your Boko Haram ridden Arewa?
You will need foreign exchange for that, and the only way you can get it is by selling your food to the southern republics, that is if they even wish to buy it.
@sultanofSokoto. My chairman, I enjoy your posts. You really know how to put these northern rag heads in their place.

Hey Young gal

am so i love with every thing she does

@sultan: Your vision is still blurry, - Chi Fan Le, sultan?

Right now the sun am enjoying is more imp. to me than oil

The whole argument of breaking Nig centres on oil. Isn't there sth to talk about?

I didn't land on Nig; it landed on me like it did on you. I wasn't there when Lugard dreamt it with his Gf.

Point is, nobody has any right to question my not being part of Proj Break Nig. You go ahead & break it.

I'd rather be greeting my neighbor Chi Fan Le, than start another senseless war

And FYI, if it's on the Nn side of the basin, it's on the Sn too

@shaka

Guten rutsch in the new year. I confess i can´t assess your Kanji cos i only had two semesters of Sinology but i do all the same appreciate the fact that you are not a nut head fanatic like your kinsmen esp. aliyu and Nagodi.

An olive branch to you and your kinmens, since there is oil in the north plus arable land, for the sake of peace, you will agree with me that we all don´t have to share the same country so as to trade with one another. The SS can sell it´s oil to you or on the international market and with the proceedings, buy food from you if it wishes.

According to my info and to the best of my knowledge, the part of the Lake Chad Basin where oil is does not belong to Northern Nigeria but if it makes you feel better, you can go on claiming what is not yours.

Now bounce, will you?

@Croy: The neighbourhood he-goat fears not GRAMMAR but BILALA

"Oil is nothing compared to vast arable land"

The Biafrans will agree with you! And during the war, was it not to Nig these noise makers called?

YOU'LL KNOW ME WHEN I WITHRAW MY SUBSIDY ON FOOD!

"We survived for 100s of yrs without oil"

AND WHO SAYS YOU DON'T HAVE IT NOW, CROY!

To 1.4 billion Chinese, arable land is paramount. And even when greeting their enemy they say, "Chi Fan Le", or "Have You Eaten"

@D, @sultan: dis your he-goat stubborness na only bilala dey cure am

abi you no 赃厉?

@sultan: We don't listen to BUS STOP ECONOMISTS

When you meet a man from the world's 2nd largest eco., he's most likely to say:

咚阪 Chi Fan Le?

The ideogram may be incorrect; it's just to make a point.

With all the oil in Nig I used to get hungry, until I met Chief Adeleke, who taught me the secret of survival. He said: "You can survive when you have food & no money"

This statement is more than all the oil in Nig, b/c it saved me from ever going hungry again.

And it was given FREE.

Buy food sultan, & I carry all the money to Nn Nig,

@sultan: You're a BUS STOP GEOLOGIST

The ngrguardiannews.com on the 08 Sept, 2012 reported the GMD of the NNPC, Mr. Andy Yakubu, announcing the discovery of crude oil in about 3350 sq. metres in the Lake Chad Basin.

In the 80s, low quantity gas was also discovered in the same basin.

Oil form on sedimentary formations, & the basins of Nn Nig are of these. The nearest oil well to us is not 1000 km, but just about 50 km or less (just a trek), in the republic of Chad's side of the basin; that's if you can't accept Nn Nig is sitting on oil.

MUMU CROY

The Scots did not need a Gideon Orkar in their attempt to split from the Brits-so the south south will carry guns if the need arises in our struggle for freedom! At least such patriotic acts will enable us stop the theft of our oil resources by fulani hannatu

@Croy, Jonah in belly of fish if he cuts of north? U're a joker

@Croy, If Jonah same thing as Orkar did and cuts off nuisance-only-value corenore from Nigeria, there is nothing core north can do, walahi talahi. The rest of the world shall even clap for Jonah for doing that, do your research. Corenorth cannot even dream of declaring war against the rest when it happens. It can't even fight the Taroks on The Plateau. By the way, 12 northern states first cut themselves off from Nigeria when their leaders urinated on Nigeria's secular constitution and adopted sharia criminal code legal system. So stop fooling yourself and pray that corenorth does not continue to provoke anger in the rest of Nigeria.

Photoshop Hannatu!

Like i've said several times, we the rest will rather spill the milk than have you mallams have a drop of it again. While your ragheads uncles and brothers were ruling with absolute power, you didn't see things this gloomy or you convienently were not able to write then? Right, our lives are not promising but again we the others will rather dwell in our necessisties than have a northern as leader again. Never ever again. 

@ CROY. I understand your pain fool! In your madrasa curriculum there nothing like international maritime borders? ode of the first order.The nearest oil well to your arid desert is over a thousand kilometer for it to belong to any of your ancestors so the chances of a ss person's ancestors reaching it with a canoe is a million times higher than yours reaching it on a donkey or camel. Tick Tack 2015.....

Senseless Comments - Hyena Cry for a Balanced Article

Hannatu, if I were in your shoes, I will NOT read most of the comments here. I came off with the feeling, after reading most of them, that they are coming from polluted heads that lost contact with the heart and being so, are rendered incapable of balanced argument. Why the personal attack, I ask myself? Why this stinking tribalism as response to an article welling from the consciousness of look, ladies and gentlemen, we are in this mess together, how do we get out of it. Most of these comments constitute a disgrace to the readership of SR which amongst others, has produced the gems like Hannatu, Adeola, Pius, and a few other feathers of pride to our common humanity. Throw them into the dustbin, most of the comments here, this being the place they rightly belong. Keep the ink flowing, rose! I shall keep reading you.
Lere Shakunle, Berlin, Germany

The year of boko haram and fulani hannatu vrs the Gwaris

Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1958. Export started in the 60s-till date leaders from the Fulni North have stolen over 55 trillion from the SS-with nothing to show for it except the move by the fulanis to dominate the lives of the Gwaris in Abuja. Again how can 9ja buuld a new capital with the resources of the Niger delta when we don't have light, water and roads-not to talk of education and health facilities-Buhari said the politcal parties including his CPC which often complain of election rigging in 9ja, do so cause they do not have the resources to rig like others-yet the same Buhari went out of his way to order his followers in Boko haram to lynch any lynchable human being in the Fulani North during the 2011 presidential elections-which resulted in the murder of over 1,000 9jas and 11 youth corpers-Buhari double speaks 4 hannatu and her Fulani brothers and sisters

the buhari termites are back with their tales by moon-light

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has said that the recent comment of Bukar Abba Ibrahim that the reason for the action of the Boko Haram sect is inequality, neglect and injustice, is overly reckless, irresponsible and insensitive. In a statement made available to newmen in Abuja by the Special Assistant to the CAN President on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kenny Ashaka, Oritsejafor also said it was naïve for Ibrahim to reason that if the Federal Government dialogued with Boko Haram, the sect would limit itself to concessions made when they had stated clearly that their aim was to do away with western education and enthrone the Islamic law of Sharia. Boko haram will never want to break away from Nigeria cause they are oil-less, dry and empty! Buhari should just retire-aware he is just wasting his time-

Are you so blind

All of you are so blind.look at yourselves.you have becoming laughing stocks,like children playing in sand,who is stronger.hannatu the 'snake woman' or truesage idowu.who stole more money as nigeria's leader,obj nd gej rep.south while ibb nd abach rep.north.ur prayers shd b a good leader,be it 4rm d north or south.as an ordinary niga man or woman,u wl continue to live below d 2$ mark per day,unemployment wl nt stop,hunger goes on,u wl stl hve bad roads,thus accidents wl nt cease,no electricity nd watersupply as usual,price of fuel continues 2go up,educ.standds nosedives,cultisim nd kdnaping go on,bribery nd corruption go on,bad governance,the list is endless.can u guys see dt ur foolish nd blind.u wl suffer nd ur children wl suffer wtr its obj,gejnorthrn.whtr niga divide nto 500 nations,corruption wl nt stop.so stop d competion who chop mor oil money,abacha or goodluk,north or south.pray 4ur poor souls in ds wretched country of our's.

@Deri, Truesage and other nincompoops

You have been talking nonsense about oil and breaking of Nigeria for decades. Why don't you just go and tell Jonathan to cut off Northern Nigeria as Orkar attempted to do instead if disturbing us with noise. More than 80% of Nigeria's oil is found offshore where the Canoes of your ancestors cannot reach for them to lay any claim. I dare you to tell Jona to cut of the North from Nigeria if you can and I guarantee you that Jona will find himself in the belly of the fish just like the Biblical Jona found himself in the belly of the fish. Oil is nothing compared to vast arable land.We survived for hundreds of years without oil and we can survive eternity without it. In fact, it is oil that destroyed the North more than anything else. So go and do what you like with the Oil and stop disturbing us with stupid talks!

Failed Nationalities

The reason why the president is not performing is because Nigerians, including this writer have come to the conclusion that nothing can be done through due process. People fought by hook and crook to ensure that a southerner became the president despite his inability. This is very strange. We allow ethnicity to rule our judgement in our choices even when it was obvious that there was no way there. Now look at the mess we are living with! Despite Nigeria living through knowledge age, we are helpless and cannot use our bursting talents to move the country forward, because those who run our lives are just simply greedy and don't care. Don't bother telling them to go for training abroad. They don't need it. They are there to line their pockets and send their wives abroad. Their wives need the best medical treatments money can afford—with the Tax Payers' money.

This Kh Sambo is a foolani.

I am not surprised. Your name says it all. Sambo sounds boko-haram just like your father or uncle Namadi Sambo our glorified Vice president. You are obviously a foolani
You refer to the plane crash the killed Azazi and Yakowa and that of Suntai as nemesis from allah. The last time I checked allah needed foolani soldiers to kill and hannatu to speak for it. allah is locked up in mecca deaf, dumb and lame. You don't teach a man how to spend his weaith. We know who the cows and donkeys of of our societies are. The likes of foolanis Kh Sambo.
For your information more Niger-delta citizens will be sent abroad with their oil wealth, is Sambo and Ndume not sending fellow foolanis to somalia, sudan, chad, mali and magreb on how to make bombs?
Bastard.

That Clause In The Amalgamation Document of 1914

Point of correction, Nigeria is not a great country. Is Nigeria a great country when the Hausa/foolanis are bombing and killing people everywhere? How about the foolanis and their Hausa subservients always trying to encroach into the lands of the good indigeneaous people of Plateau state. Or, the foolanis led by their co-grand marshalls, Buhari and Ciroma vowing and actually making Nigeria ungovernable by unleashing Boko haram, not to talk of Sen. Ndume caught coordinating the activities of Boko Haram implicating vice-president Mohammed Namadi Sambo as being in the know of his activities with Boko Haram.

That brings us to the clause embedded in 1914 amalgamation that formed Nigeria. The clause that says that after 100 years, the Union should be reevaluated to see if it is still viable. Obviously, the amalgamation is not working, and consequently, there may not be a Nigeria come 2014. So, foolanis should stop posturing for 2015 election as there may bot be any need for one.

Truesage idowu or what eva

Truesage idowu or what eva you call your self, can you listen to your self attentively, when the northerners are in power did eva heard of any of them that allocate a special grand to the north? But GEJ use the federal government account to take his donkeys niger delta youth to study abroad, u are a bloody fool idowu or what eva u call your self. Nonsence of you donkeyg. And lets wait 4 2015 you will see what happen, u hav seen an example on Patrick Yakowa and Dan baba Suntai of kaduna and Taraba state. God is in control . Gej is as simple as rag.

Instead of boko haram, its

Instead of boko haram, its the water goddess she is talking about--like sonala, okey and pius-all sponsored by the same sandy spirit from the desert

HANNATU IS FULANI, feels supirior to the Gwaris

Buhari said this in 83, (It is true that there is a worldwide economic recession. However, in the case of Nigeria, its impact was aggravated by mismanagement. We believe the appropriate government agencies have good advice but the leadership disregarded their advice. The situation could have been avoided if the legislators were alive to their constitutional responsibilities; Instead, the legislators were preoccupied with determining their salary scales, fringe benefit and unnecessary foreign travels, et. al ,which took no account of the state of the economy and the welfare of the people they represented. As a result of our inability to cultivate financial discipline and prudent management of the economy, we have come to depend largey on internal and external borrowing to execute government projects with attendant domestic pressure and soaring external debts, thus aggravating the propensity of the outgoing civilian administration to mismanage our financial resources.

BUHARI IN 83-who is liar between the Jonah and Buhari

Buhari said this in 83, (It is true that there is a worldwide economic recession. However, in the case of Nigeria, its impact was aggravated by mismanagement. We believe the appropriate government agencies have good advice but the leadership disregarded their advice. The situation could have been avoided if the legislators were alive to their constitutional responsibilities; Instead, the legislators were preoccupied with determining their salary scales, fringe benefit and unnecessary foreign travels, et. al ,which took no account of the state of the economy and the welfare of the people they represented. As a result of our inability to cultivate financial discipline and prudent management of the economy, we have come to depend largey on internal and external borrowing to execute government projects with attendant domestic pressure and soaring external debts, thus aggravating the propensity of the outgoing civilian administration to mismanage our financial resources.

BUHARI IN 83-who is liar between the Jonah and Buhari

Buhari said this in 83, (It is true that there is a worldwide economic recession. However, in the case of Nigeria, its impact was aggravated by mismanagement. We believe the appropriate government agencies have good advice but the leadership disregarded their advice. The situation could have been avoided if the legislators were alive to their constitutional responsibilities; Instead, the legislators were preoccupied with determining their salary scales, fringe benefit and unnecessary foreign travels, et. al ,which took no account of the state of the economy and the welfare of the people they represented. As a result of our inability to cultivate financial discipline and prudent management of the economy, we have come to depend largey on internal and external borrowing to execute government projects with attendant domestic pressure and soaring external debts, thus aggravating the propensity of the outgoing civilian administration to mismanage our financial resources.

Such vile language from an

Such vile language from an obvious troll. This is why Nigeria is where it is now when we have idiots like you spewing hate on the internet. so sad