What is new in the “new year?”

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By ABIDEEN, Muhammed Ayomide

Let’s imagine the situation of a woman that lost her husband and on the same day received rustication letter of her one and only daughter. As she was preparing for the burial, simultaneously she was writing an appeal letter to the House of Assembly for consideration of her daughter. On the long run, she remembered one big party she never thought of missing before she encountered the mess. So she forgot her problem so soon and prepared for the party. Who is going to solve her problem? Or who will take charge for her dilemma? Or is the party more important than the mess she met herself. I ask, where is her priority! The above is the perfect paradigm for our dear nation. We abandoned our countless problems to celebration of frivolities. Dear Patriots, let’s ruminate, who will wake us from our slumbery?

Sometimes I shed tears and wonder why the youth of today are always in total doubtfulness and what led to their misplacement of priorities. The question of celebration is not appealing in our nation. The issue supposedly to be “reflection” we resolve to celebration. The case of birthdays is certain here. On our birthday, we are expected to reflect but what do we do? Throw big party and the likes. A critical look at Nigerian youths put tears in my eyes once again over new Year celebration and or carnival. It got to its climax when we crown international looters and celebrate a convict over corruption. What is our leftover or what do we get in return than shame?

Let’s examine the case of New Year celebration properly. I am compelled to ask, what is new in the New Year? Same sky, same sun, same moon, we live the same house, same condition yet we start celebrating the beginning of the so called New Year, what is new in the New Year? Nigerians have turned it to tradition every year to organize crossover and Mark the beginning of another Gregorian calendar, Pagan ways of counting imposed on us during colonialism which they now regard as archaic.

If at all, new Year worths celebration then it is meant for those that hit it during the year under review. What is good in not achieving one’s set goal over the year and what is the assurance that one will make it next year before celebrating. Your case is like a child that spent all his money on valedictory service while still having ten carry overs to clear. After the celebration, how will such child graduate?

And before you hang on me, I am not in any way insinuating that you should not give thanks to God for keeping us alive and healthy till the moment. You are the one to apply the right method. Or what kind of God do we appreciate with banger and sparking objects at the end of the year? It beholds everyone of us to understand that those that initiated New Year were atheist who strongly hold the view that the moon and sun came out of the sky without creator. This implies that their theories will surely suffer from religious theory and contravenes the fundamental of any religion.

Meanwhile, we must keep it at the back of our mind that it is not all the continents that celebrate new Year. In fact, it is not everyone that adopt the Gregorian calendar even in the Jewish dominated countries. Now seeing Nigeria still wallowing in the mood of celebrating new Year, one will conclude that what we practice is different from what we inherited or there is super natural power disturbing us.

Asides that we waste unnecessary energy and precious time over celebrating new Year that is not new, youth hide under it to exhibit some unlettered attitudes. You will agree that celebration of new Year causes social disturbances leading to health issues for some innocent people. It is also in name of celebration that draw some politicians and big wings into extravagance.

We have unlimited social problems associated with the celebration of new Year which includes but not limited to: Strategical theft, religious stupidity, Moral decadence, etc. Some self affiliated religious Scholars also use it as a kind of exploitation. They collect huge amount of money from people under the umbrella of cross over night prayer while leaving the congress in problem. It is religious stupidities and wickedness!

To be frank with ourselves, majority of developed countries don’t give new Year attention as much as we do here. For God sake, there is nothing to indicate that we are religious than them. We left our nations problem ranging from insurgency, corruption, marital discord, disunity, tribalism, etc. I think no one in his right thinking goes to bed while fire burns in his roof? Read wide and tell me the story of successful business people who spend money anyhow on party. I just need one of them.

I hope you have learnt that celebration of new Year is not socially acceptable based on religious beliefs and common sense. Also, celebration of festival without caution is a road block to our country’s uplifting. And if at all you want to celebrate by contradicting rule of your religion, make sure you consult your inner sense and before the celebration ask yourself : What is new in the “New Year?”

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