Dear Nigerian Youths,
The problems in Nigeria seem to have been overtaken by the fearless corruption of OUR leaders & this is only fueled because today’s youth choose to be politically ignorant and inactive towards arresting the situation in which we’re in. How can a government boldly come out to declare it intends on ‘spending’ over 60 billion naira on cellphones for farmers; it is evident that this is a bogus sum & part of another scheme by those at the helm of political power (the same people that swore to serve & protect the interest of the commoner) to squander our already depleting resource(s). Nigeria is decaying and it’s youths are doing absolutely nothing about it. We have allowed ourselves to be distracted by socio-economic indulgences and a lifestyle that is not coherent with our status. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we are a struggling nation both economically and politically; political ‘optimists’ may choose to argue differently but the truth is glaring for all to see.
The crimes of our government are numerous and it hurts to watch these selfish, ignorant and power-drunk individuals collectively jeopardize the future of an entire nation. What would it take for the Nigerian youth to realize that things are not meant to be the way they currently are and that positive changes are highly urgent, essential and achievable? Violence is never the answer because it isn’t self-sustaining, however, what we need to do as Nigerians is empower ourselves with knowledge! Know what and who we are up against and how best to tackle it without harming ourselves. We are up against physical, mental, socio-economic oppression by the ‘older’ generation who seem to be comfortable with this lifestyle of corruption. They have become so comfortable that there is now a total disregard of the opinion and cries of the commoner against their excessive corrupt practices. Elections are rigged without fear, money goes missing from the CBN without a follow up investigation, our resources are being squandered by multi-national corporations and there isn’t a single regulatory body to ensure that these “billionaire demons” are held accountable for the improper ways in which they treat OUR land. Nigeria is our home, it is more than just a country, it is a feeling that is groomed by our mental state.
It is high time the Nigerian youth begin to speak up against the mishaps in OUR home; WE have a duty to protect OUR land from the bad eggs amongst us. The national pledge and national anthem should mean something & not just be recited for the sake of it. We the youth of Nigeria need to empower ourselves with knowledge, become politically aware and responsive to the internal threat(s) we face, threats that are fast becoming fatal. No jobs, lack of proper infrastructure, absent security, bad healthcare system, laughable international reputation, religious and ethnic conflict fueled by greed, selfishness and ignorance…yet we pride ourselves as being the giant of Africa, we pride ourselves as belonging to a nation “omo Naija”, we expect other nations to respect us and treat us with love, sincerity and seriousness while we breed hate, deceit and mediocrity in OUR home.
We are privileged to live in an era where information is easily spread and accessed, information is vital to the sustenance of any modern society. Let us take the battle to these corrupt & misinformed oppressors, let us empower ourselves by uniting for one cause – the improvement of OUR home. No one else will do it for us, no one. We have a common plight, every one of us, even those who claim not to be directly affected because of whatever reason(s) or excuse(s). We number in millions that study in foreign academic institutions, let us do something that we will be proud of and the future generation would benefit positively from. Spread the information on every social media, we can influence the affairs of OUR home without having to be violent. We have the opportunity to help our brothers & sisters back home who cannot afford to help themselves out of this predicament. Let us be their voice to the outside world, we will roar and shake the very foundations of Aso rock! We will let these oppressors know that every single Nigerian worldwide is fully aware of their actions and we are prepared to do something about it! There is no leader without followers! We have a choice not to be oppressed! We have the right to take that choice and take power from these wolves that are inflicting pain, discomfort, confusion & death upon us! We are the future of Nigeria & we decide when that future is & we say the future is NOW!
About the Author
Adeola Onafuwa is a 4th year student University of Windsor who is a Political Science major. Adeola is currently the public relations officer for YAU (Young African Union), as well as the former public relations officer for NSA (Nigerian Students Association)