THE DILEMMA OF THE YOUTH OF NIGERIA.

It is sad, shameful and pathetic, that distinguished APC Senators of the federal republic of Nigeria elected by us the people, have allowed themselves to be used by the presidency and their party leadership to rubbish our exalted hallowed senate institution. There’s all sorts of talk bandied around internationally on the internet about senators collecting or have collected money to break the rules of the senate and attempt to unlawfully and forcefully remove the no 3 man in the country, the senate president.

In the bid to rubbish the senate president, senators allowed the executive using the police to falsely accuse their leader of being an armed robbery accomplice, and all they could do is become opportunistic, not weighing the reality of the damage such a reckless and loose allegation has wreaked on the image of the hallowed chamber.

You have an irate party chairman on the other hand, spitting fire and proclaiming that the senate president must be impeached.

What I’m worried about is the impact and message such callous and careless statements from the APC chairman relays to the world. Nigeria has become a laughing stock pseudo democracy under APC. The internet is awash with dumb and daft statements by so called government officials and the presidency.

Senate president Saraki is being hounded, harassed and attacked because they can see he is set to be the first Nigerian youth to work himself up the ladder slowly and steadily to aspire, and as they fear, might actually clinch the top job and put them out of business and power.

As a result, as the elections draw close, Nigerians youths must be mindful of the choices they make. Your PVCs are your power. These present crop of lawmakers, save for a few who are known to be model lawmakers, should be completely flushed out of the parliament in their entirety to make way for a more committed, passionate and patriotic breed of lawmakers who will restore the dignity of the senate and constitute a proper check and balance to executive rascality. Those re-tired and tired sleepy ex – governors in the senate should go back to their states and become statesmen and leave the business of lawmaking to sharp young digital creative minds.

I have carefully x-rayed the political climes in Nigeria since the advent of democracy, and I intentionally omitted the pre-1999 for obvious reasons. We are all aware that it has always been the same cabals since independence through the military juntas to date. We must make it a point never to waste our votes on any septuagenarian or octogenarian candidate.

In Saraki we have the best strategically positioned youth to clinch power for the betterment and security of our future. We also this time have other accomplished and experienced youth politicians who we can also use our PVCs to deliver.

We must refuse and object to any tactics that may be employed or deployed to deprive us of our choice.

Nigeria is endowed with young talented people who are doing great in their various fields, name it, Engineering, Science, Arts, Education, Trading, Agriculture, Entertainment, Fashion, Banking, Entrepreneurship, E- commerce, Divinity, among others, except in Politics.

I said except politics and I mean it. Most of the few young people who are in the corridors of powers are certainly not in power in the real sense of the word because they are not privy to what actually goes on behind closed doors. Saraki is the most strategically positioned youth in Nigeria today, in fact the closest advantageously positioned to the corridors of power

Many other youths including governors, reps, ministers and even senators are not too different from being house Boys and Girls. The canal stock will never give them a chance but rather insist on and maintain a command and obey relationship and nothing more.

The general argument has always been that Nigerian youth are not mature nor experienced enough to handle a complex country as Nigeria, but we all know this sort of assumptive propaganda is a calculated attempt to blackmail the youth into believing and accepting that they are incapable, by a generation who gained power at very young ages but never plan to relinquish or quit the stage for the younger generation to take over. They rather prefer to fill vacant positions with their own children and relatives.

Nigerian youths are brilliant in all aspects of life, they are resourceful, genuinely skillful and can handle any task given to them, but then, our political dealers think otherwise, they see youths as mere objects and pawns for voting purposes, and to be used as political thugs, errand boys and girls in the guise of Personal Assistants, Senior Special Assistants on this and that.

Looking at what is obtainable in saner climes like in the US, UK, Canada, and even some African countries, you find that youths of 21 years and thereabouts are members of parliament, but back here in Nigeria, the old politicians don’t want the youth any where near the real political leadership, they have invented and set up all manners of barriers to stop them from being competitors.

It is only in Nigeria that you are eligible to vote when you are 18 years but you cannot aspire to contest for leadership unless you are 30 or 35 years old, even at 30 or 35 there are offices you cannot aspire for, is this not ridiculous? In the same Nigeria, we have seen children become kings, Ezes, Emirs and took over traditional leadership to lead people. Why is Politics so different, I am asking.

If that is the case, the same constitution which was deviously crafted to stop the young people from aspiring for leadership should also be amended to state that, eligibility to vote starts from 30 years old.

The old politicians who are all allies or ex allies irrespective of which political party they belong to , do not use only age as a barrier to prevent our young people from aspiring for leadership, they’ve invented all kinds of tactics such as ethnic divisions, Religious divides, political violence, Money politics, rigging, diabolical means e.t.c which ordinarily will scare and put fear in our young people who have not mustered enough courage to toe their line of do or die politics,

The same old politicians the youths squabble about on social media and want to kill themselves for either in APC or the PDP in Nigeria are sensible and have already started aligning, horse trading and forming coalitions to forge a common front ahead of 2019 just like they did in past elections. Can’t Nigerian youths also adopt this age long strategy to unite to seize power, how long will the youths continue to be pawns in the hands of these political destiny killers?

For these old school politicians, it is all about power grabbing and not a venture or quest to restructure and transform the country, they are aware that the more restructured, transformed, educationally advanced the country is, and the more politically aware the youths are, the slimmer their chances of holding onto power.

They have devised a new method of creating division amongst the youth. They have resorted to shopping for young people who are influential on social media, fill their pockets with cash, gifts, or positions so that they can serve as their mouthpieces to spread falsehood and propaganda against aspiring youthful presidential hopefuls on the sociosphere.

Today, for an average young politician who wishes to aspire for public office, the first question your friends and family will ask you is “I hope say you don cook yourself well well”. This is very unfortunate sad and ridiculous, because that has been the foundation and legacy laid by the old guard to perpetuate themselves in leadership.

It is in Nigeria that you’ll hear that two people are contesting election and the next person mysteriously develops a strange illness and in most cases, dies abruptly or bows out of the race, all kinds of scary things happen, just to discourage young politicians whom the fear who could become their competitors for power in the near future.

Please, don’t misread me as being too youths centric, no, that is not the case, the youths of today will someday become old, but the old Nigerian politicians have not laid a good foundation that will allow a healthy competition which will benefit future Nigerians. If they allow good competition irrespective of age, we can be rest assured that our best brains will start emerging and taking their places on the leadership front rows.

The youths of Nigeria can for the first time come together to forge a common front, we stand stronger, negotiate better and benefit more when we come together.

Let’s look at it this way, if the majority of Nigerian youths who constitute about 78 percent of the active electorate and registered voters in Nigeria, decide to queue under one umbrella, they will be moving closer to power.

Young people can change Nigeria easily in my own opinion, because they possess the prowesses, the power of innovation and the creativity, they are in tune with what is happening in and around our globalised world. Nigeria has remained the same for long because we prefer to keep electing the same uninspiring, non innovative leaders that lack the new ideas that can take the country out of poverty and economic doldrums and propel us into the future. We gullibly allow ourselves to get brainwashed into hero worshipping archaic analogue leaders who are bereft of modernity and fresh ideas. Many young people flock around them because of the little crumbs and chump change the can pocket.

If the Nigerian youths can put aside all their differences for the first time and form a majority power bloc, a new and prosperous Nigeria can spring up. A new normal can be possible.

The youths should not just come together for coming together sake, but set up a think tank that will be responsible for drawing up strategy, policies, programmes, development proposals and brainstorm on how to scale all the barriers set against them. Nigerians youths should as a matter of fact convoke a National Youth Conference where the movement can start to send a bright clear signal to the world that the Nigerian youths have resolved to come together to take their future into their own hands, to take control of their destiny.

I sincerely hope it’s not too late and that the youth of Nigeria would utilise their PVCs to make a loud resounding statement at the 2019 elections to make a remarkable difference unprecedented since the advent of our democracy.

Chimazuru Nnadi

Duruebube Ihiagwa

19/08/2019

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