It is with great joy that I welcome you to Year 2018 on behalf of every member of the Oasis Magazine (OM) team.
Hopes are high, though last year ended on a sad note for many due to the fuel scarcity and price hike of the product. Funny though, the blame trade is still going on about who is to blame for the scarcity.
Nigerians are still waiting for the messiah in the person of Buhari to deliver on many of his campaign promises.
At the moment, it looks like the pump price for fuel will be increased, even though Ibe Kachikwu has said that this will not happen. It is also on record that fuel price increases every pre-election year. We thought with Buhari, it will not be business as usual. Although a few things have changed, the expectations of Nigerians are yet to be fully met.
At the time of writing this editorial, council elections just got concluded in Delta State with the results for the 25 local government areas announced, and the umpire declaring the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winners of all the seats.
It is sad to observe that a mere council election was conducted with violence and rigging reported in some places. I thought we would follow in the path of Anambra State that just did their governorship election, and adjudged to be free and fair. One cannot but wonder what will take place in 2019 in our dear state. If politicians learn how to allow their works speak for them and allow the electorates choose who governs them, things would be a lot more peaceful during elections. You cannot eat your cake and have it.
However, to those that won, it is important that you know that the game is changing. Good governance and exemplary leadership is no more optional. Elections had to be postponed in Ethiope East and Ughelli North Local Government Areas. It looks like the opposition there stamped their feet on the ground and said it will not be business as usual.
Well, this is 2018 and we wish you all the best. Congrats!
Daniel Dafe Umukoro
Publisher, Oasis Magazine
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