Youth, if the so-called elder statesmen who looted the past, present and future of Nigeria are the ones telling you the way forward and how you must vote, you’re of all youths the most miserable. No “respected” intellectual ( some of whom you’ve never read their books) should remote-control your destiny with twisted logic. Think for yourself. Look at your circumstance and that of your fellow travelers who are struggling to make sense of the state of our nation. Ask yourself, is it worth it to keep fighting for these people who ensured that your dreams are perennially deferred, delayed and destroyed?
Young people are making changes around the world. Don’t just read the newspaper, social media posts like this one, get involved Taking to the streets in protest has its benefit, but you may also be exposing yourself to wanton police/DSS brutality and harassment with orders from the ogas-at-the-top who serve at the pleasure of those you fight. With those men, the life of the poor is expendable. But in any case, get involved at the party level. They need you, and you can use the access to undermine and change the course of party politics with your youthful exuberance, innovative ideas, and numbers!
If you’re tired of how you’re being led. Go to your local government, get started even, as a councillor. You can also aspire to the highest position in the country. Don’t say the godfathers will never let it happen. Politics is a game of numbers. Unite and wrest power from them. Some of them “ruled ” Nigeria when they were your age or even younger. They’re still ruling. Know that they will never give it to you. That’s the reason they’re the leaders of yesterday, today and if you’re not careful, tomorrow and the day after. Imagine, Buhari is still running for another four years. Just think about that for a moment. Ask yourself, what else can he do to salvage the mess he compounded? Don’t just get angry on social media, get involved if you can.
If you can’t run, become a part of those parties. Become a card-carrying member, run for party exec or as a delegate that can actually vote during party primaries. If you can’t do any of these, look at those young people you can encourage and support with your vote. Volunteer and campaign for them. Financially support them. And remind them you will use every provision, opportunity and everything possible to demand accountability and hold them to the task.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on Nigeria. It is your country, it is your Nigeria.