It is of utmost importance for all societies to understand the need for active youths. Not youths who are lazy (as claimed), corrupt or indifferent about chaotic societal flaws but ones whose desire is to see a better society. Though it is impossible for every youth to be upright due to moral decadence and other social vices, however, as long as the majority understand the essence of selfless surge for a better community, the future of such society is bright.
What’s the total amount of money given to the illiterate youths in our society by prominent persons or most time, politicians? Let’s say ₦100,000 is given to 50 youths to be shared, on an average, each would get ₦2,000. From this ₦2,000, he buys weed ₦500, gin ₦300, buys food ₦300, plays Baba Ijebu ₦200, calls a girl and then gives her ₦500 and then ₦200 to transport himself around. This prominent person having bought this youth’s loyalty with ₦2000, then make stupendous request which usually results to loss of life and properties.
The youth continue to suffer in pains after being stabbed or shot while the politician and his family are safe from injuries. To the literate youth, what’s the market value of their loyalty and sanity? What’s the price of their future? ₦500,000 or promises of appointments? Let’s say he spends the money judiciously, at a point, the money finishes but your freedom of expression has been taken forever.
In my country Nigeria, youths who they say are the future of our land, just like modern day weapons, are used as agents of nuclear destruction by elites who have safeguarded the future of their kids. Majority of our youths are more concerned about financial showoff. Sometimes I wonder if our youths are blind to the recent trend of politicians claiming to be youth centered when its glaring to be nothing but propaganda from the lips of those who can say anything to access and retain the resources of the societies. I wonder how so called lazy Nigerian youths can afford to buy nomination forms for political aspirants.
Election is here and as usual; our politicians already have the youth’s interest at heart. During the build up to the election, money will be exchanged for loyalty. Ex- governors will become serving senators and continue to hold on to the resources of the land. Youths will be bamboozled by pretentious saints who will sell their propaganda to the weak hearted. Our intellect will be insulted. Objectivity will be enslaved by greed for self at the expense of unity and a better future. Majority of youths need intensive education.
Its high time youths started to reject being used as instruments of political tantrums. Let’s say the total monthly salary of a politician is ₦10million, how much is ₦500,000 or ₦2,000 to him/her? Yes, many youths have the “who Nigeria epp” mindset, must money be made at all cost even at the expense of your economic and social liberty? Some youths are speaking up but it’s impossible for a few to challenge the status quo without the vivid backing of the majority. Of course, times are hard and we need to survive but we put ourselves in these dire environment by supporting and continuing a flawed institution over and over again. Enough of being passive members of the society. The accustomed culture needs to be challenged.
According to the latest WHO data published in 2018, life expectancy in Nigeria is: Male 54.7, female 55.7 and total life expectancy is 55.2 which gives Nigeria a World Life Expectancy ranking of 178. So, our current leaders are living on overtime and should relinquish power (for a much needed health and mental rest) to vibrant youths, for hopefully a better Nigeria with a brighter future. Why should the majority of the populace (youths) be governed by over 60-year-old persons in this technology driven world of ours?