Dear Nigerian Youth, Especially Those Of Us From Niger State By Yahaya Mohammed
Posted On Aug 22, 2017
I am not a millionaire not to talk of billionaire, I don’t even have a hundred thousand Naira but, every other time while doing those little things that pay my bills, I devote time to think of ideas that will change the world, fetch me income and move the world forward, I think of Zuckerberg a young 33 years old with Networth of 69.6 billion US dollars, I think of the Nigerian youth and my day is saddened.
The Networth of Zuckerberg alone is equivalent to 4 times Nigeria’s current budget with a population of 180 Million people, that is Zuckerberg alone, that is what sound and innovative ideas can do. Ideas even our leaders lack but only play with sentiments and our emotions as it suits them.
Unfortunately and painfully the Nigerian youth has not realised that he is racing against time, and the competition he will face is global and not local, he has not realised that his future is hazy, his today is uncertain and his past is very poor, his unborn children are at risk, this is especially youth from very modest background like ours, where you will have to triple effort for whatever you have to get that others get effortlessly.
In Nigeria and in my state, you hardly find those who will Inspire you, those who lay claim to billions mostly cannot show you how they made It mathematically, mostly they are mysterious, without empirically explanable analysis, they cannot lay claim to production of anything tangible or intangible, no single Idea or innovation that they patented to make those monies but they are billionaires without businesses and most youth just want to be like them, how? they can’t tell.
I see youth talk back at each other over football stars, political leaders and several other issues but I don’t see the desire or the drive to work towards being like or better than them.
The system is also built in a way that favours a few, yet the youth have accepted their fate like that, they refuse to challenge the status quo, challenge wrong for right and break down walls for success. I feel pain that youth are consigned to the Web of N-Power and some skewed public service employment that only guarantee meals with no security on retirement. I see youth chant slogans of failed leaders and emperors of their sufferings, I feel pain.
The youth of Nigeria and Niger state, let us ask ourselves are we the same with the youth of Saudi Arabia, USA or UAE and or UK?
Why then are we not seeing our Zuckerbergs, and our Neymars, why are we not seeing our Burj khalifas, empire state buildings or Dubai malls springing up, why are the youth celebrating mediocrity, why are the youth not part of decisions on their future?
Why are we not thinking? Why is it not paining us? Why? Why? Why fellow youth?
Stop now to ponder, read! read!! read!!! Is the only reason you will know we are in state of pity. Nigerian youth please spend an hour this night to read and another hour to think this night, you will feel the pain I feel and may fight the kind of fight I fight.
It is really painful and that is why I want to be Governor so as to move my state forward and #LetTheYouthDoIt.
Yahaya Mohammed (Sai Baba)
Journalist /Niger Guber hopefull 2019.