In­tro­duc­tion To Spe­cial Edi­tion, Nige­ria in 2019

Sunday Trust - - NIGERIAIN2019 - By Mah­mud Jega

The year 2018 will come to an end to­mor­row and, for Daily Trust’s ed­i­tors, re­porters and contributors who spent all of this year toil­ing to keep you up to date on break­ing sto­ries, fea­tures, analy­ses, pho­to­graphs and in­fo­graphs, at­ten­tion is al­ready turn­ing to the in­com­ing year 2019.

2019 prom­ises to be an in­ter­est­ing year. Right now, pub­lic at­ten­tion is con­cen­trated on the Fe­bru­ary-March 2019 elec­tions and the pos­si­ble out­come, so our in­sight­ful con­trib­u­tor Prof Jib­rin Ibrahim at­tempts a pre­dic­tion. In­ter­nal se­cu­rity, which has been a ma­jor is­sue in Nige­ria in the out­go­ing year, is most cer­tain to dom­i­nate na­tional dis­course in 2019 too, es­pe­cially is­sues such as Zam­fara, Boko Haram, kid­nap­ping, armed rob­bery, farm­ers/herders’ con­flicts, pipe­line van­dal­ism and in­ter-com­mu­nal killings.

Our re­porters and contributors also at­tempt a look into other is­sues that are cer­tain to be im­por­tant in the year 2019. These in­clude likely in­no­va­tions in the tech­no­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, women af­fairs and the con­tin­u­ous strug­gle for gen­der equal­ity, youth matters and sports. The lat­ter is crit­i­cal be­cause noth­ing uni­fies Nige­ri­ans like a big win in sports; it is the only area where eth­nic and other dif­fer­ences dis­ap­pear – as long as the teams keep win­ning. Happy read­ing. We wish our read­ers a bliss­ful New Year.

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