In January Nigeria marks 100 years since the foundation of its modern state. Although the federal government has announced a year of celebrations, most Nigerians will approach 2014 with trepidation.
Some say modern Nigeria is a fiction, which would be better off being divided between the Muslim North and the Christian South.
The war with Boko Haram insurgents is still raging in the North, instability still reigns in the oil rich Delta, and 70 percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line.
As for the politicians, rather than concentrating on the problems of the nation, they are at war with each other.
The ruling PDP party is beset by mass defections by powerful governors, and charges of corruption and dictatorship.