As Nigerians face these challenges embedded in our daily living, our unity and purpose of existence is threatened. Anxieties emanating from this state of being describe our appearance from the way we speak, we think, we relate to family and significant others around us
Veracity, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander; what is good for the Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, is also expected to be good for every Nigerian irrespective of where him/her hails from, hitherto children beget by the elites from these same ethnic extractions.
Nigeria is a country with diverse culture, people, terrain, and all these reflecting in our subjective ways of living. Abound with national resources; starting from the oil rich South South, to the industrial and commercial south west and southeast, to the North with great agricultural potential and many more.
Recently, our country has been termed as being in economic recession; no doubt, economist and statisticians presented facts in reality while making a plea for policy redirection.
It is quite alarming to ask questions about the where about of our youths despite the economic starvation that accorded our society for long. What is more amusing here is the fact that the largest chunk of unemployed individuals in our society today are the youths; not to rationalize on behalf of the youths but then to state categorically that the youths have been handicapped in many ways, thou recent emergence of youths as partners in the industry gives my long standing curiosity a boost.
What I feel more is that no country will actually make a good landmark with its youth not gainfully employed. How the society fragmented itself into classes where the ELITES and their children stand somewhere controlling the national wealth of above 180 million people.
Recent population analysis of Nigeria and its population in the year 2050 has credited the assumption that by 2050 Nigeria would be the 4th populous nation in the world. This adds up to my curiosity to ask where the youths in 2050 are likely to be, what will be typical of them? Are they going to be the captains of the industry? Or the industry will still be with their grandparents who are currently our parents.
The basic question of what to eat is still lingering, who gives you what to eat is another basic reality. The elites are in charge in all ramifications. Our youthfulness amounts to nothing but wasteful as we can’t actually define if our youthfulness earned us fortunes; economically we are lost, politically, we have no place, BUT when it comes to electoral fraud, we are the tools. It is very disheartening to state that the energy of a great country has not been invested into the country because of the large number of inactive youths.
Our medical state bothers no one, our hospitals in shamble, our social welfare has not been taken care of but yet we are seen in scenes of vandalism; we make the loudest empty noises.
Our religion, ethnicity, regions cannot harmonise us, so we shouldn’t create more troubles on ourselves.
The elites were once youths like us, they had a country that was quite expansive to take shield their demands, they were led through the channels, they were taught for continuity, and along the line they got so full of themselves and instead of building a country, they were faced with building dynasties for themselves.
Our ignorance has bedevilled us today; we form apathy when the best way we need to put up with ourselves is a case of participation.
If the youths will be united in their struggles to ask questions and demand for answers, to make pronouncements, to demand for social justice, equity, fairness, basic health care; and to speak against cult ignorance and oppression, then we can make headway in some aspects.
I would also state that participation is key here, let us not live in the fool’s paradise assuming that things will always get better without our participation; it is either we participate and liberate ourselves and others or we don’t and continue to live in so much troubles, the choice is ours to make.
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