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A Call For Nigerian Youths To Unite.

06/01/12

A Call For Nigerian Youths To Unite.

*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..... )

Clinched Fist

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..... )

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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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8 comments

Comment from: peter amor [Visitor]
peter amorUnited we stand and divided we fall. This is a saying that should be well interpreted to every young Nigerian out there because we youth are the future of our dear country Nigeria and we must stand for that, and be ready to protect our interest also because if we don't we will end up falling for everything just like we always did. God help us.
06/01/12 @ 05:50
Comment from: Jerome Nwogu [Visitor]
Jerome Nwogu@ Adamu: Excellent contribution on which way forward for Nigeria.We have had enough of the born to rule syndrome in Nigeria that the thought of it makes me puke.The retired Generals and good for nothing old politicians have destroyed the future for the youths of this country and have made their generation and those that come after an era of alleluia singers. These old suckers remain in power until their sons and daughters are old enough to be governors , senators etc and the recycling continues ad infinitum. The rebirth is not entirely on stopping them but to retake the national wealth from them. They have shared the parcels of lands(oil blocks) in the Delta region and with the money, they bought and continue to buy our consciences.But Adamu,one thing must be cleared for Nigerians: it is a rape of justice and equity if(1) The Southeast zone is not given the chance to produce the president of this nation and (2) An additional state is not created in the Southeast zone and any other zone that does not have equal number of states with all the zones in the federation.It is not about land mass, it is about justice.Can you ever compare Rhode Island and Texas which are states in the United States? Let this discussions continue and let us quit attacking tribes--it is a diversion.
06/01/12 @ 10:07
Comment from: Fortune [Visitor]
FortuneGood talk Adamu and thank you for this because I dont sleep at nights thinking about the future of these innocent youths whose lives are being destroyed by politicians whose children are all in overseas countries studying with big houses and huge amount of savings their fathers stashed away for them.

At any slightest civil unrest in the country, you see these policians leaving with the next available flight to UK or USA living the tiger to eat the man. We are all in this together.
06/01/12 @ 10:39
Comment from: olawale [Visitor]
olawalethanks for your piece. i think it will be hard to have evryone to accept a view but it is possible and the day this possibility takes place then we can talk of a revolution.
admit the older generation are corrupt but the youths i think are worst. they seem inconsiderate and are somewhat poor policy makers. a good example is our present president. we run a medicine after death form of govt. planning after implementation, thinking after action, yet i will call him a youth. we alway accept the reality of immense resources the country has but yet the govt could come to say that the country is broke.
well as a matter of fact we need to go back to status quo and start over again by reorientating our youth of the impending danger of not being truth and thoughtful for the future. also we have to see nigeria as one and stop being tribalistic wherein u want to give example of a bad leader and you will be mentioning IBB and leaving out people like Obasanjo or Jonathan. when a leader's policy is bad then we tag such leader as bad.
the truth is our leaders are bad not because they are northerners but becos they are inconsiderate and have no interest in the nation's future. moreover the leaders from other tribes are not different from their northern counterpart.
we need to forget about tribe and look at our making.
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06/04/12 @ 16:34
Comment from: Musa Yak. Ibrahim [Visitor]
Musa Yak. IbrahimAdamu, what a wonderful thought. Truly you are one of those who think good about the corporate existence of Nigeria.You said it all. The recycling of the older generation is the cause of our corporate retardation. Youth with good foresight and thought is the type we need for the progress of this country. I totally support your call and the youth should as a matter of urgency wake up to form a social net work to push them out of power. Though there are good and God fearing one among the older generation who can be use as advisers and guide to the younger generation for success.
06/07/12 @ 05:14
Comment from: Adewale Ademola Justus [Visitor] Email
Adewale Ademola JustusFellow Nigerians, Comrade Adamu has said it all. It is either or both of 2 things- Nigerian old Irresponsible and failed Leaders do not want to quit the stage for fear of being exposed by Vibrant Youths; or/and. They think and feel Nigerian Youths will not be able to carry on with the OCCULTIC GRIP $ UMBRELLA being hoisted and foisted on the nation. Before now, I used to think they might not want to quit for the youth because of perceived immaturity and in-experience!!! But it has been the younger generations paddling the economy of the nation. See Banking - Jim Ovia, Fola Adeola etc. Entertainment and Education - Ben Murray Bruce, Momoh of Channels TV; Oil and Gas has Femi Otedola and co; while the Telecom sector possesses the vibrant Mike Adenuga. Nigerians, it is time to go the way of developed and developing nations; Old Tyres cannot drive New heavilly burdened Vehicles and Trucks with enough loud. Nigeria is overloaded, courtesy - Poverty, Electricity, Fallen Education, Infrastructural Epilepsy, Failed Roads and condemned Administrative Structures. They MUST QUIT THE STAGE!!!!!!!!!
07/12/12 @ 01:58
Comment from: Zbiddy [Visitor]
ZbiddyVery good post. I definitely love this website.

Thanks!
08/02/12 @ 08:03

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