It’s almost amusing that people above 35 are worried about the two presidential options before Nigeria. What is the big difference between choosing a typewriter (GEJ) and an ancient charcoal iron (GMB)? Both of them are anachronisms that speak of the past more than the future! Let us agree that the Nigerian problem has gone beyond corruption, religious strife and tribalism. Both the typewriter and the charcoal iron represent the generations that are still living in the past and faded glory of Naija. What matters at the moment is that the majority of Naija youths have no future to look forward to at the moment! The issue at stake now is not just dealing with old vices but creating a future where there is none for all persons below 30 years of age. If we want to do what is right we must get the courage to go all the way instead of plastering over the structural failures that both candidates represent.
For all persons below the age of 30 the plan is simple! God must rescue us from wicked generations that have no plans for us. God will deliver us from dangerous men who wish to give us a heritage of “slates and chalkboards” while our mates are writing computer programs on smart phones in other nations. Right now we are putting together 7 million signatories to make a demand that the presidential candidates of the parties must make a special presentation for youths under 30 years to show us the plan for the future. Should the ancients fail to persuade the youths that there is a future there shall be certain consequences.
The pass mark for the presidential candidate will be based on 2 simple tests that show that we are on the right path.
1st it has to be proven that there is a future for the average citizen that has no special political connections to have a hope for the future because …. “We youths hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with gifts, talents certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, Self-fulfillment and the pursuit of Happiness … irrespective of religious persuasion or tribal heritage.
The 2nd litmus that the presidential hopefuls must pass is the presentation of a practical socio-economic agenda with a measurable plan that can restore vision to the generations of hopeless youths disenfranchised by the years of wastage, mismanagement and confusion. The plan must present a minimum 4 year action filled foundation that will enable Naija youths to sit at the table of equals with all first world nations of the world. Failure to persuade the youths of its viability will signal the end of an era because …… “to secure these rights aforementioned, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new form of Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to produce a prosperous and stable nation.
On a final note we must alert the nation that the youths are not interested in shedding the blood of our soldiers (mostly youths) at any war front to defend the loot, corrupt wealth or religious oppression that is prevalent today but would be prepared to lay down our lives to defend the integrity of a worthy dream that will provide for our children’s children the identity, love and care we were denied.
*** Hint: We think it’s archaic and foolish to talk about returning youths to the farm when modern methods of industrialized farming can be introduced to feed Africa from Nigeria alone. If the leaders cannot understand the structural planning that transformed an equally backward Dubai into a modern city within 20 years and the brilliance that has made the despised India a major destination for medical tourism within 8 years then it would be time to return all old folks to the farms they keep talking about. There is no room for military zombie mentality because our country has suffered enough and no youth is prepared for any uninspiring talk about ledgers without visionary plans. If the old foxes have anything to offer its time to prove it or retire before they destroy us all. Let it be known that we are tired about hearing of the good old days of prosperity because we never tasted it and cannot live on a past we did not experience. As the majority age group in Naija we intend to bring our democratic weight to bear, making all needful sacrifices until a great future is assured.