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In a few days' time, Christendom will be aglow with merriment in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind. Christians mark this day with mirth in remembrance of God's gift of his begotten Son to the world.

In a few days' time, Christendom will be aglow with merriment in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind. Christians mark this day with mirth in remembrance of God's gift of his begotten Son to the world.


Christmas Festival is therefore a period when the public plays “Santa Claus” to the merchants, as it were, (Carols, Cards, vigils, visits to the religious sites and group exercises in camps mark the arrival of the Christian Festival which cuts across denominations, seen as the season of peace, of reconciliations by feuding relations or friends, as well as the peak time for weddings and other forms of social activities.
Within this period, the display of lucid affectionate reasoning which one had contemplated and clutched wildly at grotesque token has been on show - then comes the calmness of Xmas.
To us in Nigeria, what do we contemplate  a roaring merriment associated with the annual Christian jamboree called Christmas, or a bleak scenario, a negation of hilarious joyful mood for the birth of our Redeemer?
With many homes now in distress as a result of scarcity of fuel and the skyrocketing of a few available quantity in some dumps now shut for the same reasons.
Tallied with this, is the prevailing cash crunch nationwide: what does the yuletide portend for the hapless people in Nigeria?
The somewhat unstoppable Boko Haram insurgency, wreaking havoc and decimating the ranks of those who do not bend to their will, restlessness fuelled by protests by disgruntled elements across the country, disparate anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration, it has been a mouthful of woes that have befallen this country.
These and many more appear to be stalling our match towards a blissful Christmas, and up-and-coming New Year.
A man in such a dilemma would assume the posture of one who has walked straight out of the Ark!
We wish our numerous readers and advertisers the best of the season  a Merry Christmas and happy New Year in advance.
On our part, we'll have some rest, and get rejuvenated for the New Year, see you on January 11, 2016.                    

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