by Adetunji Adeniran
In my article last week, I examined the crisis currently rocking the People’s Democratic Party and why there is an urgent need for a better opposition party in Nigeria. I also stressed the fact that the current leadership in PDP is not in a position to offer any good to Nigerians. Her founding fathers have abandoned her long time ago and she has lost her roots. PDP has become an orphan ready to adopt anybody just for a show-off in gatherings of children with parents. The sad note is that she is yet to realize that her foster parents do not have the capacity and credibility to lead her anywhere further.
In this second article in the series, I will be highlighting some salient points which the Nigerian youth need to know and what has to be done. We are in the era of promises made, promises broken. Gone are the days of promises made, promises kept. Just like what the respected Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka said about his generations failing Nigeria; our Nigerians fathers have failed us and they are still failing us. Their adulterous nature is in fact very worrisome. It is not uncommon to see them change parties just to achieve personal political goals and when elections are ‘rigged’ in their favour, they are apt to tag it as the wish of the people. They forget that you can only fool people one of the time, you cannot fool them all of the time.
The mass exodus of PDP fathers at this critical time is a big enough lesson for youths to know that they were first of all in the party for a selfish interest. Now that the party is in shamble of its own making, they are beginning to seek greener pastures on other platforms. Although quite a number of them are interested in the youths- some for the right reasons and others for the wrong reasons.
It is sad to know that 16 years of our lives have gone by without a solid plan for our future. It is equally sad that the people we trusted most to give us a future are the ones who broke our trust. We wasted our time, resources, youthful energy in their campaign trains. They promised us equal opportunity of basic amenities. They promised to rebuild our dilapidated institutions and citadels of learning. They promised our mothers basic health care and safe delivery. They promised our younger ones qualitative education similar to what their children get abroad. They promised to bring ‘oyinbo water’ to our hometowns and villages. We trusted them and here we are broken, shattered and bewildered.
Now that we have new fathers whom we are struggling to trust because of past experiences, would it make sense to turn to our ‘ex’ for succor? It even seems now that our new fathers have started towing their footsteps. Our new fathers promised us monthly stipend because they cannot provide jobs. Close to one year now, both the job and the stipend are not forthcoming. They also promised to make us competitive by making a US Dollar equal to Naira, but it seems the US is giving them the battle of their life. THEY ARE FAILING US AGAIN.
Should we then wait here and continue to be fooled? It is time we took the bull by the horns. In the business of our lives, indifference is never an option. Until we realize that our destinies lie in what we make of it, we will continue to be victims. Instead of waiting for the government’s stipend, I challenge you to embrace entrepreneurship and start something. No matter how small, just start and don’t ever stop. Pick up a venture you can do at home and continue to work at it until the world sees you. Little drops make the ocean.
I also encourage you to ask questions and don’t ever take a ‘NO’ for an answer. Challenge the status quo and don’t settle for less. If you go to any ministry and are poorly served or cheated, speak up. If they are not listening to you, go on social media and make your case. Trust me, the world is listening. The revolution starts with you doing the right thing.
We are no longer comfortable with being the leaders of tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come and even if tomorrow comes, it is never going to be what we want. We want to be leaders today, make our own fortune through our hustle and hard work. We want to be included in decisions that will determine our existence. We want youth participation in all tiers of governance and make our opinions count.
We are not revolting; we are only trying to make common sense.
Adetunji Adeniran blogs at hopefieldnetwork.org and tweets @hopefield_net