FASHION DIRECTOR/EXECUTIVE EDITOR
In our new column titled ‘The Nigerian Youth and The Other Truth’, by Akinnawo Oluwayemi, the writer quoted Wole Soyinka and I quote: “Awolowo was 37yrs, Akintola 36yrs, Ahmadu Bello 36yrs, Tafawa Balewa 34yrs, Okotie-Enoch 27yrs and Anthony Enahoro 27yrs and they led the struggle for Nigerian Independence after the death of Herbert Macaulay. Only Zik Nnamdi Azikwe was 42 at the time”. Soyinka goes on to say; “Why is it that almost all this age bracket today is sleeping in 3-seater chairs in their parent’s homes...still collecting money from their parents... still seeking for jobs and not yet married.” So what does this say about the state of the country today compared to yester-years? Why have we digressed so much that the boys of today are the same age as the men of yesterday? We cannot just sit back and ‘take each day as it comes’. The time has come for all, no matter what class or creed to go out and make a difference. It makes my heart bleed when l tell my niece about the cost of things when l was her age compared to the cost of these same things now at her age. Take the cost of even tickets abroad? I was in my 20s when foreign tickets (economy) went for as little as N1,000! Now l hear this same ticket goes for nothing less than N800,000! Over 800% increase in just three decades. This is just one aspect of the many examples of the maddening inflation today. Rome as they say, was not built in a day, and rebuilding is a very tedious and difficult journey to take, but rebuilding we must! Our morals, our dashed hopes, our despair should be addressed urgently as we seek someone who can commence the journey to regaining our lost glory. A step like going to vote regardless of the heat or queue, is a small price to pay for playing a role in determining the outcome of our forthcoming elections because we need a leader to see us through this dark tunnel and lead us to the light. It is for this reason we are featuring the Presidential Challengers of 2019 for the coveted seat of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is to give our readers the opportunity to see these candidates upfront and personal. Donald Duke is our third contender so far, with hopefully more to come.