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*A Call For Nigerian Youths To Unite
By Amiru Adamu
A post sent to me via blackberry messenger by a friend, which I re posted on facebook was what prompted me to write this article. I am convinced that Nigerian youths need re-orientation, we need to understand and come to terms with ethnic and other artificial sentiments, or else Nigeria will go nowhere.
The post in question was a food for thought which was meant to point out to Nigerian youth the futility of the continuous support, we give to the older generation of rulers who have one way or the other contributed to the predicament Nigeria is in today. A reference was made with IBB and Buhari, considering their long stay in Nigeria's political arena. The writer of the post tried to wake up Nigerian youth to their responsibilities the overused saying referring to youths as the leaders of tomorrow, and asking why those who lead Nigeria in the early eighties still see themselves eligible to rule. He then jokingly concluded by asking if the tomorrow will ever come for Nigerian youths, considering the present situation of leadership recycling in Nigeria.
This simple wake up call, and the responses it generated on facebook, with some going as far as accusing me of anti-Northern behaviour is disheartening. It shows the total lack of will from us' to participate in transforming Nigeria. Artificial barriers such as ethnicity and tribalism are the major stumbling blocks preventing Nigerian youth from uniting and confronting the problems existing in Nigeria today. We rather prefer to form regional groups and keep trading abusive words amongst us. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Clinched Fist - Power to the youth
I recall a group that was formed on facebook against fuel subsidy removal by some renowned youth activists. That group showed how unity among Nigerian youths can lead to transformation. We spoke with one voice regardless of tribe or religion. Though we all tried to maintain the group for further purposes, the usual problem of religious and ethnic sentiments coupled with lack of tolerance tore the promising online forum apart.
For Nigeria to progress and prosper, we the youths must accept each other irrespective of tribe, race or religion. We must do away with all the sentiments being encouraged by some people who benefit from our dis unity. We must agree that leadership is nobody's birth right. We must stop allowing sentiments to cloud our judgements. We should select our leaders base on character and performance, not tribe or religion. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
I will like to use this medium to call on Nigerian youths to wake up from their slumber and take charge of Nigeria's future. We shouldn't limit ourselves to words on twitter and other social networks alone. We should try and practice what we preach. We should realise that Nigeria is the only country we have and take steps to make it great.
Unity is the first step towards the realisation of the Nigerian dream. Let us all resolve to work together and be our brothers keepers.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
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