Nigeria: Why I May Say "We - The Youths Are Failing Our Generation"
Written by Ibraheem Sikiru Adekunle
Published on 9/19/2019 6:14:45 PM
Before reading this, please remember that I am a Nigerian, and Yoruba to be precise. English language is never my first language but I grew up to meet it, "Official". Be syntactic or semantic grammatical harakiri you confronts in this write up, please ensure that this is not an academic paper but a realistic call for the inescapable generational shift.
Don't mind the errors, try to get the meanings.
Considering the current situation of things in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no doubt, "There is no future" because it seems not brighter. The blames have been on the fathers however, I am seeing this from another perspective. Never the fault of the fathers but ours.
The current hardships facing the youths in Nigeria is normal and necessary, however, the response and the attentions being given to it are not only condemnable but devastating. Nigerian Youths had rather preferred digging for opportunities in the hardships instead of dealing with and completely consuming the hardships.
Instead of building the future, Nigerian Youths have much interest in today, hoping tomorrow would be more opportunistic. The fact is "There is no preparation for the future. The future is filled with uncertainties.
Instead of understanding the greed for Power in reality, we had enslave ourselves, seeking for opportunities from our fathers who are already reaping from they sown. Nigerian Youths had forget to learn and/or make use of the realities we have heard from history. Interestingly, our fathers are keeping their smartness alive because we are persistently proving to be the unwanted dullards.
My father, your father! Our fathers must have told how the war was fought against their fathers who happened to be our forefathers in gaining the political power they are now enjoying.
My father, your father! Our fathers must have narrated how they crucified their mates who played the role of "seeking opportunities where they had none". They jointly condemned and crossed their mates who milked from our forefathers who had seized the political goodwill and colonize the populace. What are we doing today?
Nigerian Youths, today, would keep shut once he is given a #10,000 stipend or to be worsen, allowed to take snapshots with the fatherless fathers.
It is pathetic and sobering. It is laughable and regrettable. It is a poor generation of Youth in Nigeria of today. The youths who can not reason on their own. The youths who will always want to keep their lives on line because of minor resistance against "Baba Sope (Oga said)".
At times, it is difficult to define the term "Political Want" when it is the turn of Nigerian Youths. Is food their political want or a brighter future?
What could be their political want?
As popular and widely accepted was Obafemi Awolowo, he met, fought and respected some diligent and nonfinancially influenced political resistance from the youths who always believed it was their turn and they needed a brighter future. Who had met One-Millionths of Awolowo's performance among our so called fathers who are being worshipped by the opportunity seeking Nigerian Youths?
Nnamdi Azikwe would always fear the uncertainties in the Youths of his reign likewise Sir Amadu Bello.
Awolowo, Amadu Bello, Azikwe and their allies across interests once fought with their fathers and corrupted mates who aligned with the white to continued the colonization. They won and we couldn't forget their doggedness.
Tai Solarin remains in history because of his check and balance attitudes likewise the great Nigerian Musician Fela Anikulapo.
Awolowo is dead, Amadu is dead, Azikwe is no more! Tai is gone, Fela has departed this world, Enahoro is not more living but their children, grandchildren and close relatives are still exploring from the deposits their men were once out to fought with sincere integrity, loyalty and truthfulness to their generation.
MKO Abiola, Ken Saro Wiwa, Ambrose Alli and the likes used their pens and knowledge to fight for the course of their generation not their fathers. And today, they are mentioned when something great is being discussed.
If we - the Nigerian Youths continue to embrace this generation of leadership, no problem currently, but a suspended one exists.
What we failed to respect is "Evolution That Necessitates Revolution".
The current political leaders are and should only be saddled with what their generation wants. However, it is left on this generation to force them to respect what the current generation wants.
No body want to change, willingly. Changes (Revolution) is always forceful but with sincere goals and objectives that are clearly drawn.
Nigerian Youths of today see money as everything. Very soon, we shall start to see "The Reality of How Money Fails Another Generation Like That of Karunna".
Oh, we - The Nigerian Youths have forgotten the historical message of the
"Ancient City of Babylon".
Babylon today, Babylon then, which can you be proud of?
Aliko Dangote bought this generation decades ago. I used to wonder, "Why we have not seen anyone from this generation posing threat at retiring Dangote?
Is Dangote going to retire Dangote? I meant inherited economic Profile like we are seeing, politically?
Nothing to wonder! Ask Dangote how much was his capital, definitely lesser than a million naira.
Give Nigerian Youth of today N50million: mansions, cars, womanization, drunkenness and the likes of unresourceful living styles would have been the target on his expenditure list.
Are we dead on future?
Yes, I had ideas. I have no capital. The same things happens to millions of Nigerian Youths, but what are we doing, jointly, to force our so called political fathers to open the channels that lead to financial freedom?
You have no house but most of the so called political fathers lived in public buildings since they started the struggle to date.
Whether quality or quantity, Nigerian Youths have no access to education? Beautifully, our so called political fathers enjoyed free education.
I remembered they used to tell us. In those days, if MKO Abiola send Dele to Babangida. Dele would be given treatment deserved by Abiola. (this relation is just an illustration not real). However, how are you being treated if sent from one political father to another?
The paper you carry deserves more respect than yourself.
Nigerian Youths need to take lesson from the history.
I'm not writing this because I'm reach or want to use a clique. Oh, I am a hustler but a futurist.
I'm not writing this because I'm poor. Sorry, I have a wife and a beautiful daughter. I take care of the family without any form of relative dependency.
I'm an average citizen. I feels the street. I can always see the reality. Nigerian Youths are not futurists.
We are too poor in unity.
We have no voice and unfortunately, unnecessary opportunity seekers.
Existence of Monopoly of Power by a generation is normal and persistence. However, it's resistance is always indispensable and indomitable if truly fought with sincerity, honesty, loyalty and visionary.
I wish all of us, Nigerian Youths, a better tomorrow, a renown thinking faculty and a success oriented freedom minds.