Youths Are The Leaders Of Tomorrow – A Mere Myth

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From Comrade Sadiq Muhammad

According to the new youth policy, youth in Nigeria includes citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria aged 18 – 29 years. However, the African youth charter recognizes youth as people between 18 – 35 years.

Despite the fact that Nigerian Youth occupy a significant percentage of the Nigerian population making us one of the largest populations of youth in the world, it is easy to perceive that Nigerian youth occupy a negligible percentage in the past and current administration.

Over the decades, some sandbaggers have been misleading the Nigerian youth from the realism of who they are. We were deceived that “youth are the leaders of tomorrow”, but the statement seems to be nothing but an illusory truth effect.

Since after the transition in 1999, which led Nigerian’s return to democratic rule, the youth were privilege to occupy few positions into the administration of these gang of political old gagas. Then I begun to wonder that, may be it means “the ladders of tomorrow” rather than the concocted “leaders of tomorrow”. The Nigerian youth are nothing but matching steps to our fatigue elderly leaders leaving us with an invisible gag in our mouth.

I therefore call on our ambitious and promising Nigerian youths to please wake up from the slumber and reclaim what belongs to us.

Through youth mainstreaming, we can be able to identify where and when our voice should be engaged, determining different approaches to this journey of no return. It is time that we identify our abilities and potentials we were born with in order to live the lives we want to live in a country we all share.

Instead of cherishing our dreams, we are becoming nothing but tumultuous mob around the political cabals as well as the bench warmers while they were busy stealing our resources making our country the world capital of poverty with youths dominating more than 20% out of the 47.2 % of poor Nigerians. This is a great national embarrassment for a country that supposed to be OPEC’s sixth biggest oil exporter and Africa’s biggest economy.

To our elders, your naivety will one day be the eye opener to the Nigerian youths. Remember, familiarity can overpower rationality and that repetitively hearing that a certain fact is wrong can affect the hearer’s beliefs.
We are the solution, not the problem! Nothing about us without us is for us.

And finally I quote “Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mindset of youth” – Graca Machel.

From Comrade Sadiq Muhammad

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