Nigerian youths, they say are future leaders. Youths are said to be the egg which hatches into a chick. This chick grows to become cockerel and later cock. Nigerian youths are not different from their mates in other climes of the world. Nigerian youths are however different because they are always fed with the word, “HOPE.”
Youths, according to some people fall in the age range of 18-50 years. Suffice to say here that the best and worst hands to have ever managed the country right from independence in 1960 to the present moment were youths.
In the words of Mustapha Oladepo, a member of the Federal House of Representatives between 1979 and 1983, General Yakubu Gowon (Head of State at 32 years of age) was Nigeria’s best ever Head of state or you call it president.
On the other hand, the views of a good number of Nigerians on the worst president is between late General Sani Abacha and General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB).
IBB fondly called Nigeria became the Head of State in his early 40s, also a youth. He is said to have committed so many sins and crimes. He was said to have plunged the country into its present economic quagmire.
Some of Babangida’s main sins as mentioned by Nigerians include: Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), devaluation of naira, IMF loan, embezzling of gulf oil money and annulment of June 12 presidential election.
1. EMPTY PROMISES
There used to be a time when Nigerian youths believed so much in the word hope. The young minds believed so much in those piloting the affairs of the country then. The symbiosis between the leaders and the followings was very strong. The word ‘trust’ was seen to exist.
There used to be a time when Nigeria’s education system was the toast of foreigners. Students from other countries school in the country. Likewise, there was hardly anything like medical tourism. The country was moving in the right direction in almost all facets of human lives.
As years roll by, self-centered leaders took over the reins of leadership. This led to the collapse of all facets of life and institutionalisation of corruption.
The Nigerian youths saw what the corrupt elders were doing and in little or no time they also became like them. For the frustrated young Nigerians, they left the country and are still leaving Nigeria either through the front or back door. Some died in the desert while trying to cross to Europe, while others perished in the high sea. Xenophobic attacks and racism were also lynched on these young minds, just because they saw Nigeria as a living hell!
Who is to blame for all these unnecessary problems? No one, except the three arms of government (legislature, executive and judiciary).
2. TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORN
There is no rocket science in solving any challenge. However, if the country believes corruption is the order of the day, then the youths will have to keep on hoping till eternity.
As long as Nigerian youths don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, brain drain will continue to be on the rise.
It is the job of the leaders of every nation to create a society the youths would be proud of and not the one that may go into conflagration.
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