Buhari And Nigerian Youths By Whyte Habeeb
I remain Habeeb Whyte and I still harbour the responsibility I think life placed on me to suggest a path deserving a collective action from Nigerian youths towards the faith of our father’s land and in determining our own future.
I have always looked with a different lens because I have kept my views informed not by parochial considerations or personal gains. This is because am aware that doing so is simply being ….. to myself. My profile, at my age, though not unusual, but in circumstances under which we are growing in Nigeria, makes me to feel I have enjoyed some special grace from God that I must not abuse by leveraging my privileges to enrich myself rather than fight for my country. Those I believe the most betrayed amongst their generation across the globe.
I have consequently approached the issue of 2015 with caution not because I by the idea of those who think I should remain unaffiliated politically. I have always known that only weak minds stay at the middle of the road in trying periods like ours. I rather I appreciate that I have to painstakingly learn with the willingness to unlearn and relearn the politics of this country. More so, I was not born until the crisis had started. I do not want to join the bandwagon of commentators make opinions on issues they know close to nothing about. i think this should be the wisest path for anybody that was only a child through the 90’s.
My position today was informed by wide readership, exposures and tutelage by widely read, patriotic mentors.
When Nigerian youths talk about they being handed over the leadership of this country the same way their colleagues were being handed leadership in other countries, my heart bleeds. This is because, I could picture the future as it would unfold should that happen. Why? Because, we Nigerian youths were not prepared for the role and we fail to recognize the fact that there has been deliberate effort to incapacitate us. This is what I mean whenever I talk about bastardization of our youths.
In recent times, youths of this country have been tamed to deploy their energy and potentials at activities that will undermine the dignity of this country. Through deliberate programme of destroying our educational standard and gross unemployment, youths have been compelled to seek ways and means of survival and degree of notoriety of our youths only confirms how much this country would have developed if these potentials and youthful energy were deployed at constructive sectors of our economy.
Nigerians have excelled in all forms of crimes across the globe with the potentials that should have been tamed positively through proper education and training and a conducive atmosphere for childhood.
How then do we expect our country in down time to be handed to youths who lack proper education and training? Such country will only be lead into catastrophy.
I am not saying youths should not lead. What I am saying is, our colleagues elsewhere are been handed a working country with national development agenda under implementation, and they enjoy the supervision of patriotic elders whose only consideration is national interest.
Our case will be otherwise should we be handed the nation as it were. Only the fool inherits a failed project. How do ‘advance’ or where do we start from? Nigeria does not have a developmental plan. (We only have several documents of plans and agenda intentioned on sentiments and prepared without national interest). We do not have a leader.
There is no country in the world that is developing without a ‘father’ figure. Every nation needs a father figure in whom they derive motivation for selfless national service. This is a person who would have placed upon himself the responsibility to provide the reference point of character, discipline, values, patriotism, humility, and adequate sense of self by extending his limits beyond the average standard that acceptable to his generation. Such individuals succeeded in employing their moral authority to stimulate hope and pride in the corporate purpose of their nation.
Though, they would have started implementation of their self-imposed moral limits from youthful age, their reverence time only comes at old age when their moral authority would have survived several tests and becomes undebatable.
Today, youths of India, Singapore, Brazil, China and Indonesia compete with the world’s best in Information Technology, Agriculture, Entertainment, Alternative energy, Medicine, etc. Ofcourse, those building our bridges and roads are their own youths. The expatriate doctors in our best hospitals are their youths. Those designing and building the phones we use are their youths. Infact, those writing, directing and producing their films, most of the season films we buy are their youths.
We shouldn’t forget that the Indians found this father figure in Gandhi who started living on nicker and wrapper since he was 34, leading his non-violent resistant protests in streets of India. The Singaporeans found him in Sir Lee Kuam Yu, the Chinese found him in Chairman Mao Tse Tung. Infact, Paraguans today found this same figure in Jose Mujica who is described today as the world’s poorest president. He lives on farm in farm house and provide direction for national development. He is succeeding because he has the moral authority to enjoy.
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