On Nigerian youths and getting their priorities right
Iwas amazed with the way Nigerians, especially youths rallied round those they wanted to win the Big Brother Nigeria, which ended last week in South Africa. They campaigned so hard for their candidates, just as they bought airtime to enable them vote. They went all out to ensure that their candidates were not short-changed.
Watching all that, I began to wonder why after every election, youths start complaining of marginalisation. They lament that only old people are given opportunities to hold positions in the country. Each time I hear such complaints I wonder why this is so… are the youths not qualified to hold positions? But I have come to the realisation that the youths need to change their attitude towards governance. It is not enough to go on social media to condemn the government, they have to take action.
They have to take their destiny in their hands. The way they rallied round to ensure that Efe won the Big Brother Nigeria, they can rally round to ensure that one of them becomes president of the country. In voting for their preferred candidate, the youths overlooked ethnicity and religion; why can’t they do that in the general election, where they have something at stake? It is time for the youths to get their priorities right. They must have a change of perspective. The next election will soon be here, now is the time for the youths to start warming up and garnering support. They should ensure that they have their voters cards and be ready to queue up during the elections. They must back their talk with action if they want a change in the way things are being done in the country. Nobody will hand over leadership to the youths on a platter of gold; they must be ready to work for it.