As the year draws to a close, Pulse List brings you eight wishes Nigerians hope to see in the year 2017.
Every new year brings with it excitement, hopes and aspirations and Nigerians will also look forward to the year with great expectations.
But what are your expectations? What do you think Nigerians should look forward to in the coming year?
Let us look at the eight things Nigerians hope to see in the year 2017.
1. End of Recession
It is no longer news that Nigeria has slipped into a most horrendous recession that has caused serious hardship in the land. The cost of living has risen drastically, with many losing their jobs by the day.
Businesses have folded up with companies running out of the country because of the harsh economic situation.
The Naira has been on a free fall and there seems to be no hope in sight as the government seems at a loss on what to do, often coming up with draconian policies that seem to push the situation out of hand.
So, Nigerians are praying that the year 2017 brings the recession to an end and spare them the current suffering they are being made to go through.
2. Looting politicians getting jailed
Even with the generality of Nigerians going through tough times with no visible hope in sight, politicians who loot the country’s money are walking about free.
Some of them are hailed as saints once they cross-carpet to the ruling party while others are told to refund a fraction of what they stole and go home to sin no more.
All we see are the media prosecution with none of them getting jailed. So in the year 2017, Nigerians want to see these looting politicians getting jailed for stealing the country blind.
3. Fulfillment of promises made by the government
Before the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) came into power, its campaign was full of promises and a vow to give Nigerians the change they well deserve.
But since they came into power in 2015, all those promises have been broken with many of them out rightly denied.
They have gone back on so many of those campaign promises that Nigerians are even confused and are beginning to wonder if they did not make a mistake by voting for this government.
In the coming year 2017, Nigerians want to see the government of President Muhammadu Buhari living up to its campaign promises instead of shifting the goal posts all the time.
4. Stop blaming the past government
Even staunch supporters of the APC-led government are getting tired of the constant blame game this government embarks on instead of rolling its trousers and getting down to work.
In the past one and half years, all the government does have been to blame its failures on the past governments. All they do from the President to the Vice President, from the presidential spokesmen and ministers, have been to blame the regime of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and by so doing, taking its eyes off the trail and not able to get anything done.
Nigerians want this government to forget the past and sit up for the real work ahead of them and stop the blame game in 2017.
5. APC should probe its members
Nigerians seem to agree unanimously that the APC has a way of shielding any of its member who has been accused of one corruption or the other.
The funniest thing is that any politician indicted in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), takes a jump to the APC and that would be the end of the case against him as he is now seen to have moved to the camp of the saints.
In 2017, Nigerians want the government to also probe the likes of Rotimi Amaechi, Orji Uzor Kalu, Atiku Abubakar, Joshua Dariye and other politicians who have any allegation hanging over their head within the fold of the APC.
6. Legislators who pass favourable laws
Nigeria seems to be cursed with the choice of its legislators as members of the National Assembly are always there for what they can get and not make laws that will be of benefit to the people who voted them in.
Any time our Senators and members of the House of Representatives are heard is when they are fighting for money and sharing expensive vehicles.
The budget padding scandal that plagued the House has been swept under the carpet while the false asset declaration case involving the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, seems to take a backstage as they only look after themselves instead of looking after Nigerians.
So, everyone is praying that the year 2017 brings with it legislators who will make favourable laws for them.
7. Steady power supply
Nigerians want a country, where there will be steady power supply in 2017. This is based on the premise that it will not only attract companies and investors, but this will also increase the productivity of Nigerians and businesses already established in the country.
After all, the current Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola once said ‘providing power to Nigerians is not rocket science,’ but over one year now, the wish to have steady power supply has remained a mirage.
In 2017, Nigerians hope this present government will attend to the power sector on time and take Nigerians out of darkness.