The Illogical Idiosyncrasy of Youths Destroying Nigeria By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
That a wild form of Corruption is currently waging a war of attrition against the development, peace and tranquillity and the basic existence of the nation of Nigeria is an indisputable fact. Nigeria has been sordidly, irresponsibly, cruely and barbarically cracked by those saddled with the responsibility of distributing the fruits of democratic governance to the downtrodden. It is also sacrosanct and germane to opine without being hypocritical that financial and character misdemeanors ranging from corruption, sleaze, thuggery, hooliganism, gangsterism, immoralities, absurdities etc are the essential characteristics that pervades leadership and followership in Nigeria. My question is: who’s to be blamed and What is the cause or root of these aforementioned hues militating against the development of Nigeria and the wailing and howling of her common people?
Lateef Raji, an ICT expert and a public affairs commentator, while expressing his view sometime this year on the current state of the Nigerian Nation, bluntly asserted that “The tragedy of this nation is that we killed leadership at the youths and students’ level. The government penetrated the youths and students’ bodies and destroyed them”.
The above bitterly but truthfully uttered statement of Raji could be likened to the present dilemma of Nigerian youths and Students. The frustrated voice of nigerian Students is the most audible at the moment amongst the leagues of the long neglected Nigerians. They are tired of staying at home. The universities students have been confined at home since the 2nd of July this year living amidst redundancy and hopelessness due to the unfortunate strike embarked on by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Most students, out of frustration, and apparently without knowing the major content of the document causing disagreement between the Federal Government (FG) and ASUU, want theirs association, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), to mobilize its artillery and shut down the streets of Abuja and Lagos via violent protest in order for FG to bow to the demands of ASUU, a union that the NANS National President, Yinka Gbadebo, had claimed that she never recognized his existence and that of his organization until the ongoing strike begins.
The graduate youths of Nigeria, on their part, are complaining of unemployment and the lack necessary amenities needed for basic existence of live such as power supply, pipe-borne water, good roads network, affordable housing and education etc.
Dear readers, after many months of research and series of opinion sampling, I wish to declare that most Nigerian Youths and Students are the architect of the woes causing them sorrow, distress and troubles. As they have destroyed their unions, so they are at moment, destroying Nigeria and encouraging corruption, leading to under-development.
Let me start my brief articulation with the activities of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the lamentation of its critics. To the majority of Nigerians, NANS is an ignominious association embedded with corruption. It is an organization of rogues and cultists. It is a union with stained integrity being led by the people of questionable character. Though NANS is guilty as accused, however, let me state categorically that not all it’s leaders are of questionable character.
On the lamentation of the critics of NANS, the research done by me has revealed that most students accusing their leaders of not being alive to their responsibilities are the ones responsible for the perceived derailing of NANS. Most students blaming their leaders in NANS of being stooge of government at all levels are the ones that sold their birthright.
“It is an incontrovertible fact that the cheapest vote during NANS national convention cost fifty thousand Naira (N50,000). You cannot win NANS presidency on the platter of gold”, says a former NANS Senate President who does not want his name mentioned in the print. Please who are the people collecting the money? The students that want their leaders to perform miracle after wining an election! It is wrong for you to collect money before voting during NANS convention and still be complaining of under-performance. The man who paid you before you vote for him cannot be loyal to you. Take it or leave it, his loyalty goes to the person that bankrolled his electioneering campaigns.
“No student attend NANS convention free of charge. NANS senators and the students on their entourage must be lodged by the Aspirants they are supporting in five star hotels and be paid before the voting proper. Failure to do that means you won’t win. The non-governmental organizations (NGO) sponsoring students to NANS convention are also not doing that freely. Those sponsored to the last NANS convention in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State by the Joint Action Front (JAF) are presently rewarding their sponsors by assisting them in blackmailing the government to meet the demands of ASUU. Why? Because ASUU pays her due to JAF, not the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). That was why both the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had not been dogmatically supporting ASUU”, says, a former NANS President on the condition of anonymity.
The youths, both the literates and illiterates are also part of the megalomania and the absurdity of collecting money before voting. I make bold to assert that nobody can win an election into the office of the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) without spending at least N20 million. That is the bitter truth. And after the election, Nigerian Youths will expect their president to always reprsent their interest. No way! Logically, the president must represent the interest of his godfathers.
Furthermore, those shamefully collecting money before voting for their President, Governors, National and States Assemblies members, council chairmen and councilors before voting have no moral standi to chastise them when governing and representing them with reckless abandonment. It is illogical to collect money before voting and complaint of the lack of good roads in your communities. The logical idiosyncrasy is to vote for meritocracy and not money and mediocrity.
Compatriots, let me state with a sense of patriotism that Nigeria will be fixed the day we all agree to fix it. Nigeria will be fixed the day we all unanimously agree to maintain the status quo and jettison business as usual. NANS will continue wallowing in disarray and remained focus-less unless it’s members start voting without being financially oiled. Nigeria will be better the day we agree to place National Interest above our religion, ethnic, political party and personal interests.
Country people, Let me share my own experience. When I was in the University as an undergraduate, I showed interest in contesting for the of office of the Students’ Union President (SUG) of my school. I tactically backed out when I discovered that I cannot campaign in any hostel unless i paid at least five thousand Naira (N5, 000). I must print digital Banners and bill boards that will cost me nothing less than four hundred thousand Naira (400, 000). The cultists must be paid. Numerous unions and associations must be financially and materially settled. on the election day, it was an open sale of vote. The candidate that won distributed one thousand five hundred pieces of suit ties that cost five hundred Naira each. When he resumed office and he was governing with no significant achievement to his kitty, students started kicking. As a frank and factual person, I told them that they have no moral justification to complaint.
Let me conclude this piece by re-echoing the words of Federich Hegel, a German Philosopher of the blessed memory that goes as thus: “not what is real is rational, and not what is rational is real”. My advise to the poor, needy and downtrodden youths and students of Nigeria is to always vote for their leaders either in their union(s) or in the practical political setting without being financially and materially oiled. A nation that kill leadership at the youths and students level is as good as a living coffin. Let’s always do what is rational. Always Remember with nostagia that You cannot eat your cake and have it back. iREP Team Better Nigeria!Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye, a public affairs commentator writes from Magodo, Lagos.
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