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THE year 2012 came in January last year and left for good on December 31. But most of the problems that came with that year remain as present-day challenges that need to be confronted and solved. To do this, a number of factors must be summoned to the rescue: courage, political will, a cast-iron determination and love of the fatherland. These are the mental and physical qualities that would be required to tackle some or most of the socio-economic and political headaches that outlived year 2012. The problems include corruption, terrorism, fitful energy, infrastructural decay, a deteriorating healthcare delivery system, etc.

TODAY marks the end of the old year 2012, and it is only meet and proper to reminisce about the year in order to position ourselves for the New Year, 2013, which begins tomorrow. The year 2012 began on a sad note, when the Executive arm of the Federal Government, on January 1, 2012, removed the “existing fuel subsidy” and foisted on the nation a new petrol (PMS) price regime of N141.00 away from N65.00, a move that spawned a string of protests nationwide. The spirited protests yielded some results: a reduction of N44.00 from the imposed price, yielding a new price of N97.00.

ACCORDING to media reports, the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, organized a fund-raising ceremony to garner funds to build a mosque in his library complex, in Abeokuta. To this ceremony were invited several dignitaries, including, mainly, several state governors and personages from the north. The fund-raising day, we gathered, was a gala day of sorts, with the northern governors and celebrities going into ecstasies.

We appreciate the step taken by Gen. Obasanjo, a Christian in his own right. The step was taken in the traditional direction of the people of the south-west, where families have Christians and Moslems within them and where the former and the latter invite themselves to their religious ceremonies, such as Christmas, Easter festivities on the annunciation and nativity of Jesus Christ, and Eid el Fitri, Eid el Kabir and Eid el Malud festivals. 

ACCORDING to media reports, the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, organized a fund-raising ceremony to garner funds to build a mosque in his library complex, in Abeokuta. To this ceremony were invited several dignitaries, including, mainly, several state governors and personages from the north. The fund-raising day, we gathered, was a gala day of sorts, with the northern governors and celebrities going into ecstasies.

ACCORDING to media reports, the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, organized a fund-raising ceremony to garner funds to build a mosque in his library complex, in Abeokuta. To this ceremony were invited several dignitaries, including, mainly, several state governors and personages from the north. The fund-raising day, we gathered, was a gala day of sorts, with the northern governors and celebrities going into ecstasies.

We appreciate the step taken by Gen. Obasanjo, a Christian in his own right. The step was taken in the traditional direction of the people of the south-west, where families have Christians and Moslems within them and where the former and the latter invite themselves to their religious ceremonies, such as Christmas, Easter festivities on the annunciation and nativity of Jesus Christ, and Eid el Fitri, Eid el Kabir and Eid el Malud festivals. 

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