By Collins Yakubu
As the Christmas celebration continued on Tuesday with ‘Boxing Day’, enjoyable seekers have expressed hope that issues would get higher within the coming 12 months.
Many of the enjoyable seekers on the Maitama Amusement Park within the Federal Capital Territory spoke on the present state of affairs and their expectations.
Mr Kenneth Bala, a resident of FCT, mentioned the present hardship affecting Nigerians couldn’t forestall them from having fun with the season.
Bala mentioned that although it’s not simple, however expressed optimism that issues could be superb.
“After the pains, come the cheers. I consider that issues will get higher within the coming 12 months by God’s grace. Life just isn’t mattress of roses. It is sweet generally; generally it isn’t.
“Right now it’s not, however I consider that the following section will likely be good. Let’s all the time take a look at the constructive facet of life.
“Even when it isn’t so good, that doesn’t imply we ought to be in mourning mode. I belief Nigerians; many individuals listed below are having enjoyable.
“It shall be well with Nigeria and Nigerians very soon. I have positive hope for this country,” Bala mentioned.
Another enjoyable seeker, Mrs Bintu Abubakar, who got here to the park in firm of her 5 kids, mentioned everybody has the suitable to be pleased.
“It continues to be Christmas celebration, and right here we’re in Maitama Amusement Park to have enjoyable. As a human being, having enjoyable has nothing to do with faith. We are Muslims however having enjoyable with Christians right here.
“That is how it’s presupposed to be, as a result of we’re one Nigeria. Even although occasions are arduous, gas is scarce, I’m very hopeful that issues will quickly get higher.
“Nigerians ought to study to hope for his or her leaders. Being on the high there’s not simple; our leaders additionally encounter temptations and distractions. Let’s pray for them to do good issues.
“With our prayers for them, they will perform better, because God can touch their hearts to change for the betterment of the masses,” Abubakar mentioned.
Mrs Helen Kigbu, a housewife, additionally mentioned: “It is attention-grabbing to see many individuals within the park having enjoyable as if there was no gas shortage. This is an indication of excellent issues to return.
“I do know that for some individuals, it isn’t simple, however I consider that 2018 will carry good tidings for Nigerians. I’ve belief on President Muhammadu Buhari to make Nigerians smile subsequent 12 months.
“Though it is not easy this 2017, but it will be better next year. I am sure that government is also aware that 2017 is not easy and it will try hard to make it up in 2018,” Kigbu mentioned.
Mr Ifeanyi Ebuka, a spare components seller at Apo, mentioned the nation was going by way of arduous interval however added that it might give approach for higher issues.
He expressed satisfaction with the companies on the park, stressing that enjoyable seekers have each motive to return and have enjoyable.
“I consider in a single Nigeria. We are blessed with many assets and our individuals are hardworking.
“Our leaders ought to get up and do the suitable factor for the individuals to trust within the journey to the promise land.
`There isn’t any gas now, however I consider it is going to be over very quickly. I consider the federal government has what it takes to resolve the issue and make Nigerians pleased.
“I hope to see the condition of an average Nigerian improved in the coming year,” Ebuka mentioned.
Meanwhile, the Manager of the Maitama Amusement Park, Malam Abdullahi Shettima, mentioned he anticipated extra crowd than what was recorded.
“Some individuals are complaining that it takes them time to get gas earlier than coming to the park. So that has affected the turnout of enjoyable seekers.
“Also the financial challenges; individuals wouldn’t have sufficient cash. There isn’t any sufficient cash in circulation. I believe these are the explanations for low turnout.
“Nevertheless, this year is better than the last one because people are coming out now after realising that security challenges has been tackled by the government in the Federal Capital,” he mentioned.
However, Shettima expressed hope that Nigeria would expertise constructive change in 2018.
“Nigeria will likely be higher subsequent 12 months. The authorities is attempting to place plenty of issues in monitor. Now we’ve got began seeing some degree of confidence when it comes to safety.
“People have started getting use to situation of things, I hope that we will have a better Nigeria in 2018,” Shettima mentioned.