Nigeria is 50 – What’s in it For the Youth?

If because the age lengthy proverbial axiom says, “a idiot at 40 is a idiot eternally” what about one at 50?

Since 1960 when Nigerians took maintain of the reins of energy to regulate the affairs of their very own lives and doubtless to present the “plenty” whole “independence”, the youth have been probably the most uncared for section of the nation, benefiting nothing rather more than being tricked and conned by the ruling class.

Historical past has it that at a given level within the company lifetime of the entity Nigeria, youths had had entry to an excellent life, evidenced in free schooling, low-cost well being services, and ready employment alternatives, to say a couple of. We’re even advised that authorities parastatals and personal organizations booked for younger people who have been but in colleges, to supply them jobs.

Paradoxically these are the identical individuals ruling us right now. A few of them certainly, have been sponsored by authorities to increased establishments overseas, with each provision, together with studying supplies, feeding and wears. Given such background, one would have anticipated the beneficiaries of such benevolence, who had benefited as a lot privileges from the colonialists, to need to do higher than their predecessor in creating their ONLY motherland and its individuals.

However alas! Fifty (50) good years have seen solely the recycling of people that weren’t in a position to retain of their heads and hearts, the fantastic thing about loving and being remembered for the nice they do to their nation. They’re remembered all the identical, for the unhealthy.

We’re additionally advised by those that have been sufficiently old to have understood the scheme of issues, that the epoch between 1969 – 1973 noticed a sure man named Yakubu Gowon emerged to rule the the nation with real love and intent to raise the widespread man, no matter geopolitical, ethnic or spiritual affiliation, to an considerable state. Aside from this, in fifty years, all others have solely taken us 4 steps again for each one taken ahead.

Controversial assertion say you? Particularly so as a result of the slideshow of our “heroes previous” reeling out in your creativeness presents such fantastic pictures and names like Obafemi Awolowo, Namdi Azikiwe, Ahmadu Bello, Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babangida, Mohammadu Buhari, and Olusegun Obasanjo, to say a couple of. Properly, you might be entitled to your opinion as is everybody else.

These personalities little doubt, contributed significantly to the company existence of the nation Nigeria and so additionally did they contribute immensely to our current state, good and unhealthy.

As an example, sectionalism which plagues us right now, historical past books say, emanated from little fall outs between our pioneering leaders of jap cum norther cum south-western extractions as demonstrated of their partisan politics. So we could say they wriggled energy out of the arms of the whites who have been foreigners scrambling over our sources (but had higher intent to develop us), solely to gore one another to the detriment of youthful generations of fellow Nigerians.

Don’t misunderstand this to imply that we advocate the return of the colonialists; by no means! We’re solely decrying the regrettable proven fact that in fifty years we have now not had any messiah amongst our personal as succesful as these “exploitative slave masters”, none as sincere because the “doubtful” white man who left his own residence to come back and “steal” what belongs to us. But we have now had a thousand who stole greater than the colonialists did.

In 50 years actually, can we boast of 1, no, two (since we’re already in a position to point out one who was completely different) males who’ve been cheap sufficient to recollect the times of their very own youth, how they loved the fruit of the land? Have there been any two, who due to this fact, made real effort to current youthful generations with one thing near what they loved in their very own time?

This doesn’t indicate that in 50 years our leaders haven’t been good in something; reasonably, there are fields the place they’ve, along with us, damaged data.

Let’s cite situations: it’s well-known even to kids that the identify Nigeria is synonymous with “being good”. Sure! Whenever you get to the place order is required, be good. If justice is what is required, be good; when the world round you is ravenous of honesty and ethical consistency, even in case you have all it takes to make a distinction, be good – that’s the best way to be a real Nigerian. with out that, with out scratching anyone’s again, with out falsifying your age, rely your self out as a result of your sort aren’t right here; you will not even safe employment as a youth.

And if the United Nations or Transparency Worldwide dares to lift a watch forehead, name the Jerry Gana’s to sugar coat or the Akunyili’s to assist rename us in order that our black letters will probably be dispatched in white envelopes.

Is that this fault discovering or pessimism? I might name it being real looking. This isn’t about complaints alone, lets now point out additionally a number of the better of our achievements:

Should you have been a person at fifty with kids and grand kids, would not you smile contented if at the least 65% of your family, particularly probably the most smile contented if at the least 65% of your family, particularly probably the most younger and energetic, are unemployed?

If at age 50 Nigeria boasts of congress males that break one another’s jaws with clenched fists over cash the way in which European colonialists scrambled over our land and sources (although they didn’t kill one another); if certainly at age 50, with grand kids sufficiently old to be grand fathers, Nigeria can boast of getting what some have referred to as “spare components sellers, cash miss street” in choice making positions whereas professors and sincere women and men are solely match to be their “particular advisers” and “private assistants”. If actually the cash in a single’s pocket (no matter what one does to get it there), issues greater than his mind, talents and power of character. Then should not we agree that motherland has certainly come a good distance each in age and achievements? We must always due to this fact, be saying “bravo!” and celebrating, not complaining.

Nonetheless, I, in addition to anybody who cares, would like to be proven one particular person (aside from the cake sharers), who’s proud of the state of issues in Nigeria. Whereas the plenty are hurting, the remainder of the world is jesting and marveling at how backward we’re with the lion share of pure sources the creator has chosen to bless us with.

Youth! So the place are you? Is there a rustic you’ll name your personal exterior Nigeria? Are you decreased to an escort to others on this journey? Have you ever forgotten so quickly the cash you needed to pay to realize admission into increased establishment? And now that you’ve managed to graduate efficiently or in any other case, are you not unemployed solely as a result of you have not bought N250, 000 to pay?

Do not you understand why? As a result of the outdated unproductive man who was sponsored along with your sources way back, to get skilled overseas is lengthy due for retirement however stayed again on “contract foundation” so there may be virtually NO VACANCY.

And do not you go hoping he’ll quickly die as a result of if he does, there are some individuals someplace who’ve been accumulating the salaries of the opposite man who died 1o years in the past, as if he have been alive and dealing. I pity you as a result of these usually are not the late man’s kin. No! They’re these on prime.

Frankly, they’ve suspended the household of the deceased from receiving his entitlements from his years of meritorious service to the nation. Whereas ready, the spouse too has gone to hitch her husband in his grave and the eldest of their kids is just too younger to assert something. So that you see? The “huge wigs” have at the least 10 extra years to bounce on the late man’s grave earlier than declaring him useless sufficient for his household to start processing to gather his entitlements.

So what are you going to do than to attend as common anyhow? In any case, with all of your mind, expertise, power of youth and the educational qualification you now brandish, are you not taking part in “boy boy” to some opportunist to earn a meal?

There was as soon as an outdated man who was slightly retarded upstairs. He would go stool round his home, leaving solely a slender passage method to the door. This irritated neighbours a lot that they stopped taking meals to him so he needed to go from home to deal with in seek for meals. After a meal, he would thank the home proprietor first for the meals after which for the home, saying that their home didn’t scent as horrible as his.

At some point, when he stated this, a toddler renounced him, saying he was a idiot for littering his home with feaces and suggested that he clear up the home to cease it from smelling horrible.

Equally, Nigeria appear to reveal to all the world, together with youthful, poorer states, that have could come by age, by no means knowledge.

Just like the lunatic, Nigerian leaders have for 50 years, loved life in America and Europe after they flirt there both to cover stolen cash or to bounce away in celebration of different individuals’s achievements. Typically they inform tales of how stunning, organized and comfy these locations are, together with how civilized the individuals there are however go away theirs in perpetual darkness.

Once more, we repeat that the leaders of different nations haven’t essentially achieved extra feats than these of Nigeria. For instance, Nelson Mandela of South Africa is thought world over for his love for his nation. He was by no means a navy chief but he spent nearly half of his life in incarceration combating for his individuals. When he returned, THE PEOPLE made him president, a response properly deserved.

Right here in Nigeria, we have now a normal whose solely warfare we find out about was the “legitimizing” of corruption. Whereas the previous resisted real requests to remain on in energy as president, the latter, in addition to all others who had had an opportunity to be on the helm of affairs earlier than (besides in fact the one we already acknowledged as being completely different), have all of a sudden realized that they didn’t do sufficient hurt throughout their first missionary journeys in order that they now toil desperately to return to Aso Rock (recycled, outdated wine as they could be); both to “proper the wrongs” they’ve executed or most probably to flawed the little proper they could have executed.

In conclusion, we could say our golden jubilee is properly deserved, a celebration of achievements both methods. However we should admit however, that when measured towards beliefs, our leaders have for 50 years, championed leftism whereas these of different nations have executed properly to develop their nations, particularly their youth.

So youth, if you’re pondering of relying on authorities for something, you had higher change your thoughts as a result of if these guys there have been there 50 years and we’re the place we’re, it means as a result of they would not go, we’re going to be right here longer. God forbid!

However for those who assume that is being unfairly pessimist, I might say; you might be entitled to your opinion as a lot as I’m.

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