Christmas; Occasion To Engage By Hannatu Musawa

Hannatu Musawa
Hannatu Musawa

Yes, it’s Christmas time again. For every Christian and some non Christians, it’s a time of generosity, a time to serve, to feed, make memories, a time to be with family, to celebrate, to rest, a time to clothe and care for the needy and a time to wish a stranger Merry Christmas with a smile. Within the next few days, many communities across Nigeria will hold their different traditional Christmas celebrations and festivals and gather to renew family bonds. But as loved ones and friends gather, the ensuing ambience in Nigeria today resulting from the persistent ineffectiveness of government is sure to cast a damper on the yultide merriment.

The Christmas period has always been an expensive time, but as time goes by in this country, due to the economic hardship, the challenge of observing this holiday to it’s full capacity is greatly diminished. Many breadwinners have become victims to the dearth of money in the system. Familys hoping to travel to their hometowns and villages are faced with the prospect of the high cost of the trip home predictably as well as possible elongated fuel queues. The traditional meal of rice and chicken is no longer widely available to many homes across the nation.

Needless to say, in addition to the individual trials Nigerians face in making this Christmas a half way decent one, the political atmosphere abound has forced the average Nigerian to ponder further about the future of this country. Whether we are talking about the zoning malarkey, or the intended manipulation of the populace with several political sit tight gimmicks, splitting up the country or whether we are questioning ourselves as to whether we were ever a nation of laws and constitutional democracy, Nigerians remain mystified and in the dark as to the genuine intent and purpose of our brand of government.

While hardly anyone in this country is under any illusions as to the sincerity of most government officials and their engagement to the plight of the masses, the means and manner of most of them has been, needless to say, quite pathetic. Since our independence, when the first set of government officials came on the scene, they were still practicing the brand of governance that the colonialists left with them. That was a kind of governance where officials communicated with the public in order to ascertain the real issues that underline the relative problems of the day. Government officials back then considered the people’s mandate and asked questions from the masses in order to map out formidable strategies that had the capacity to revitalize the nation. But alas, that is not the trend we witness in the governance of today, because our brand of governance as it stands now is one of power grabbing and control of the treasury of the nation, without any consideration for the Nigerian people. The original way of communicating with Nigerians is not evident anywhere in the States or at the Centre. Instead what we have are government officials and politicians who are more or less regional chiefs, who only believe in getting into office by the power and might of their insulated cartel.

In the present day economic and political situation in Nigeria, there is need for our leaders to map out a strategy where the various national issues are dealt with using people oriented solutions. The Nigerian people live in agony. The pertinent questions that are peculiar to all Nigerians, the downtrodden and the oppressed are the following; how are we going to be provided with a decent standard of living, good roads, good schools, food, adequate healthcare, power and electricity, security of life and property, employment for all our children that have passed out from the various tertiary institutions and have unity and peace? These are some of the questions that have been left unanswered by the government. These are the questions that the government has to debate and discuss with the Nigerian people for the people to have a meaningful existence and for them to have their very basic entitlement.

Every Nigerian has a right to exercise their God given potentials to the fullest, regardless of their place or standard of birth. Nigerians are yearning for a better means of living and it is time for us to have a vitalized political and social environment that will create an atmosphere whereby Nigerians will have sound mind and sound body. The Nigerian people are yearning for a social order where the nation will be self sufficient so that we can have an abundance of food, constant power supply, good roads, unity, peace, understanding and essential facilities obtainable in all other reasonable environments. That is what the Nigerian people are yearning for. Those are the issues that are still to be addressed.

Currently, government officials are not accountable; they do not need to sell their values or policies to the people. As long as they have made the cut to be in government, as long as they and their families are properly catered for, the rest of the population can go to the netherworld. As stake holders in this country, we should not accept the things we constantly complain about and know that we have the power to take our future into our hands; once we are organised and objective.

Nigeria stands at the precipice of its existence as a confused and splintered nation. As we approach Christmas, move forth towards New Year and catch a glimpse of what we should expect in these few years leading up to the elections of 2015, we must display the initiative to take control of our future. We must douse our anxiety and any justifiable concern we feel over our prospect and the issues that continue to plague our communities. We can do this very simply by having a clear vision and direction as to where we plan to steer the country and by using that vision to stand up and reject the oppression of a certain political class. As we move on, Nigerians must put their efforts together in progress in order to be a people who have the integrity, value, capacity and good intent to take Nigeria from whence we are into a bright new beginning.

Borrowing the words of Pope Benedict XVI, whose advise was that Christmas was a special time of great joy, love, fun, an occasion for deep reflection and a time for Christians to engage with the world, one hopes that all Nigerians take the time to engage in Nigeria. Christmas time is always a special period, a unique and thrilling time for families, for children, men and women who celebrate it.  It is a time of great fun and a time when many Christian families huddle together in front of the television to watch the captivating drama of how Jesus was born in a Manger in Bethlehem, the Shepherd boys taking care of their cattle and their sheep, the wise men from the East on their camels and gentle Mary protecting her baby in the crib.

One prays that all Christians will embrace the spirit of the season and the hope of the New Year and all of us of other faiths will work towards the peace, togetherness and progress of this our great nation. Despite the fact that many Nigerians who will be celebrating Christmas will not be able to afford the scrumptious Christmas meal they desrve, will be unable to buy that new Christmas dress they want or exchange the kind of gifts they desire, I will cease this opportunity to wish each and every one of my Christian brothers and sisters a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Hannatu Musawa
I invite you to follow me on Twitter- @hanneymusawa


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anoda boko haram murder-while hannatu laughs her head off

Gunmen have attacked a church in northern Nigeria, killing at least five people, including the pastor, and setting the building on fire, residents and police have said.The attack took place on Christmas eve on Monday in the village of Peri, near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state. "A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church... they opened fire on them [...] They then set fire to the church," said Usman Mansir, a resident of the village. A senior police official in Yobe confirmed the details to the AFP news agency, but declined to be named.
Yobe police chief Sanusi Rufa'i said the attack was "a security issue" and refused to comment further.

Kudos to you

I hope I wont get into trouble for saying this about a Muslim Lady, you not only write inspiring articles your beauty is blinding and you're like a breath of fresh air. Even though you are from the north you articles are always balanced.
Here you are wishing us Christians a lovely Christmas and find time to think about our Country.


pls first of all Hannatu did not upload her picture herself,the Sahara Reporters pple did without her even knowing, secondly why the harsh words against the woman? If you don't agree with Hannatu why dont you invite her for a cup of tea and tell her your points like civilized men do? I can't read what some of you here are writing, it is disgusting. Sahara Reporters should ban some people from commenting, not all comments should be posted. If you don't have kind words to post please don't comment at all. Bunch of twats!

Aunty HANNY. Thank soon much,

Aunty HANNY. Thank soon much, we are alway praying to you, to be one of our leader. Because we know you will bring different change to our nation

Disgusting column.

Ordinarily, your disgusting column wouldn't deserve a decent comment. Do you think that by these write up you can win the heart of Nigerian infidels or what? I suggest you kindly go back to your unknown village of musawa and start allover again. USELESS AND IDIOT village girl.


Your words are patriotic. May more of us practice what we preach. Then peace + progress will envelope Nigeria.


serpent hannney

Photoshop hannatu, let it go! Only a fool would have not seen through you by now. You refuse to address more pressing issues and come here to send fake Xmas wishes. Still expecting a write-up from you where boko and the "holy" North are totally condemned. Till them keep fooling yourself.

Season's Greetings

I think true faith in God is the answer to the problems of our beloved country, Nigeria and not present leaders. Not to be overly pessimistic, it does not appear current crop of politicians have the desire for introspection with a view to moving the country forward. Nigerians should not despair for current condition of the nation will not remain so forever. I join you in wishing our Christian brothers and sisters MERRY CHRISTMAS. Ma'sha Allah, please back to your signature hijab.

Jesus Christ The Reason of The Season

You wrote well,even though the write up is more of Nigerian Project than true message of Christmas.

Let me use this oppourtunity to suggest you take this Christmas oppourtunity given to you by Christmas,to give your Life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. May God Bless you as you give heed to the WORD that gives Life,Life Eternal.

fulani does not attack another fulani-except kanuri buhari

SR says, (A fresh attack has occurred at a beer garden in Badawa quarters in Kano some 24-hours after two suicide bombers died in attacks against two telecom offices in the city.
Today's explosion erupted from IEDs packed in a cartoon near the area. Police sources said there are no known casualty from the attack.
Yet Hannatu is pretending not know-for our kids, father, mother, sisters and brother-as well as uncles and friends to enjoy exmas the way it use to be in 1914, there is need for the Hannatus to condemn Boko haram in public-but as a Fulani, she will never dare such-else her make ups will be gone the next day

Christmas; Occasion To Engage By Hannatu Musawa

Salute to Courage and National Consciousness, the fountain of what you wrote above, Hannatu. In a country bedevilled by my village is my country mentality, yes, in a country in which what belongs together are being thrown asunder by those who make religion a private affair and not the opening of the being to the all-inclusive Divine Consciousness, it is refreshing, as refreshing as walking in a garden when the birds welcome you, where the wind brushes past joyfully, all peacefully, as peaceful as your Voice, Hannatu, it is good news that is grand to read your greetings to our Christian sisters and brothers everywhere including yes our Muslim sisters and brothers too. Proud of you! Lere Shakunle, Berlin, Germany

taking the populist

taking the populist view...huh? the prayer is BH does not pop another bomb to mess up everything. i hope you are spreading this message of peace and goodwill to notherners and not just here in SH for adulation? when are you going to let your hair down???

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