Nigerian Youths, which Way Forward?

Mahatma Gandhi once said “If we are to reach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with children.” The youths they say are tool for national development and the future of a nation. This group of young people with great potentials will be great assets to any nation if their energies and creativity are tapped and utilised. However, with the turnout of events in Nigeria, many leaders and youths ponder if truly this generation of youths are truly the future of Nigeria. This generation of Nigerian youths are mostly unemployed, unskilled, gullible, seek quick money making schemes, indolent and above all lack leadership qualities.

They see money as more important than their integrity and moral values. They continuously search for white collar jobs when they are mostly unemployable since they lack the needed skill for the job. The present day youths waste away time on football, sport betting, social activities and frivolities rather than put more effort into self-development and critical thinking on entrepreneurship ideas. The current youths which consist of over 60% of the nation’s population are used as tools by the politicians for nation destruction rather than national restoration just by giving them peanuts from what they have stolen from our National treasury.

These set of youths cannot be compared with the generation of the current leaders who completed their education early, had easy and almost free movement to learn further in foreign countries, easily become entrepreneurs with a friendly economic policy and are currently recycling themselves into the leadership of this great nation. It is without doubt that these current leaders do not see the youths as important in nation development even when they are witness to youth’s contribution to the development of other foreign countries like France, Finland, and Singapore among many others.

Apparently, without much argument most of the reasons for the present youths predicaments are caused by the government; its poor commitment to education and youth empowerment. The government are busy recycling poverty and embezzling public funds instead of creating functional empowerment schemes for the youths. Why call youth future leaders when their today is taken for granted? What are leaders of today doing to improve their lives for them to be leaders tomorrow? Must the youths continue to suffer in silence? It is time we stop our bizarre lamentation, criticism, political thuggery and religious conflict we need to let our voice heard irrespective of the challenges we are facing.

The late activisit Fela Anikulakpo Kuti siad "Nigerian people are suffering and smiling", Nigerian youths wake up, rise up and demand for your right. Our Mumu don do. Huey Newton said "The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution" The time to act is NOW. Nigerian youths its time all youth movement synergize and revolt peacefully with our voice.

With vocal revolution, Nigerian youths will question every single political and economic policy that purports to be for the common man, but which is, in fact, for the benefit of the wealthy and the powerful. They will never, ever, ever trust the motives of corporations, which are, in fact, legal psychopaths, utterly without empathy and conscience, bent solely on more and greater profits at the expense of anyone who can’t defend him-/herself.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” Nigerian youths are we ready to challenge the system?


Tijani, Lukman Oluwadamilare (a.k.a Dr.Yce)