I had therefore asserted that
anyone older than the republic Nigeria has no business whatsoever
ruling in whatever capacity, thatwe, the youth of this country, have
had enough of them, that they have failed to solve even issues that
their wantonness created lest we talk of the challenges of our time,
that they have over-stayed their (stolen) welcome being antiquated
and obsolete in all their ways.
I had therefore urged that
we break forth, start our own businesses, but realise limits, and
stay safe. But I have also seen how that is not the reason we are
where we are (poor, jobless and thronging ourselves to death; Boko
Haram joblessly working on our National security, sovereignty, and
sanity; and the Government dutifully procrastinating, denying, and
politicking), how we indeed break forth and set limits (that we do
not court save conquer), how we are easily quietened, silenced,
satiated; for we quickly lose focus, loose grip and, in not minding
our business, place it in loos.
For it is no longer news that to survive in the days and weeks and
months to come one must break forth and start his own business, set
boundaries and realise those limits (as) set, and mind one's
business. That we must shift gaze from the ambitious, ambiguous,
Agenda we are asked to look unto, and look within. That we must hold
our destinies in our hands and defend our sovereignty, security and
sanity. That hope comest not from the Centre, not from the House,
not from the Court, not even from the Rock - the only water in this
wilderness is Mara and Moses is yet in Sambisa to bring back our
Hope comest from within us, andis ours
forever.It is held in our arms, heldby our hands, close to our
hearts. Unlike us, itis not threatened by Boko Haram, it is not
starved by the incredibly high cost of living, it is not shut
without to live on, and off, the streets, it is not clothed in rags
and fades, it is not denied admission by JAMB nor is its stay in the
institutions lenghtened indefinitely by Unions' strikes. Andit is no
longer subsidized by SURE-P norparalysedby paralytic PHCN, or
whatever it is now called (even Airtel has stopped changing names;
for by their changing names yeshaltknow them).
Our hope is sure, factual, fastidious, and forever so; and cannot be
denied or taken away as usual.It is not attached to the politician
and his cronies. It is not injured by the utterances of the Dame. It
is not misguided by the calculations and political correctness of
His Excellency. It cannot be kidnappedby blood-sharinginsurgents, it
does not require rescue by American Forces, andit is never bothered
by whether there is God o, or not.
Our hope is our ingenuity, it is our industry,
it is our business; after all,
there is God o, He is for us, and we Nigerian youthsare an
I have since
realised that youth can be turned to advantage, that things are
easier when one is young (contrary to popular opinion and everyday
observation); that when one is young, the
‘whole world’ typically rallies around to help, advice is easier to get and
experience, to garner, and the ancient
argumentum ad misericordiam
holds sway. Ironically, that is when one is interested in
camaraderie, looking-good, feeling-fly, wasteful spending; rather
than in investments, digging-deep, taking-root, securing assets
(land other/more than cars).
I have since
discovered that youth is when many a potential is wasted, that youth
is many a potential wasted, that there is more to life than
potential; that, to succeed, the one with potential must invariably
mind his own business, however young he may be.
If only the
youth of this country had woken long before now, if only we had not
allowed ourselves to be thugs in
those election violence we haD to be part of because our
(literal) grandfathers still wallow in politics and will not just
dive in and be swallow for the fish, if only we did not oblige when
they’d rather we wore life vests
– riddled with the holes of their mischief
– and dived in to save their sinking, stinking, political
careers, if only we had stayed true to our vision of leading this
potent nation to actualising her potential in tomorrow’s greatness, if only we had faced our business of investing,
of acquiring, of replacing, of succeeding...
...Then many a youth will not be jobless, frustrated,
or thronged to death, then Boko Haram will not be within our
boundaries, then our gramps and grannies will be in the Homes and
not the Villas and Lodges, then Nigeria will overtake and take over.
And it can yet be...
If we will
choose our own path and be stuck to it, if we will outline our
journey and set out in earnest, if we will not allow ourselves to be
distracted, if we will decide in our youth what to do and stay true
to it, if we will displace and replace - rather than ally and align
with - those who set our country still to draw her back; then will
we surge forward and reclaim our place among the nations.
As is said,
when the bush rat ages, it suckles at her offsprings' breasts.
Nigeria is of age, and it is high time we nurtured her, it is high
time we stood up for her, it is high time we chased away those who
exploit her, who devastate her, who strangleher
We must start
(to mind) our business and help each other up.
It is our
business is to save Nigeria.
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