By Famuditi Gboyega
Waking up just like every other good Nigerian with a thankful heart to God for gift of life. He hopes that it will be a better day for him. With so much aspirations and yet unfulfilled dreams he sets out for the days task. Praying that each day brings him closer to his dreams. As time passes him by without realisation of his dreams, he becomes a shadow of his true self.
Countless times, he has looked for a better life, a better day in his father land without success. Always coming home with a disappointed face and when he can’t hold it anymore. shouts; ‘ where will my help come from?’; if only I were a German , or a Canadian, or a French, or even one of those refugees in Europe, maybe my life will be better and more fruitful than this ‘ he cries.
This is the cry of the young, Nigerian who has not found succor in his life, though everyday he struggles. In every job opportunity, the chances of being employed is one out of 50,000 or even more as he had no Godfather or money to protect his interests.
It seems as if the system was created for him to suffer in his youth. Countless times he has heard people say that the youth is the future of tomorrow, especially during a political outing, he knew that the adage did not work in his country.
So much promises by the politicians and he had already deduced that it will take a lifetime or a century for such promises to be fulfilled. The promise heaven and earth to the unhappy Nigerian youth into voting for them and when voted, turn to their real color. Give me my daily bread oh lord, he prays each time he falls into this bad mood. For at a time, he doesnt care what is happening around him, all he craves for is a daily bread.
It is a country where dreams rarely come true. Is it so much to ask for that? The say shoot for the stars and maybe you will land in the moon, but those words are the really feasible here?
For many young men and women have tried but only found themselves in the cloud and some never made it out of the atmosphere let alone the stars, while others are still on the land waiting for an opportunity. Do you not see these young Nigerians?
However, the Nigerian youth whom after being frustrated at their fate in their father land have sought for greener pasture in unknown countries and yet the receive criticism and condemnation.
Young men and women of high intelligence quotient and creative mind have been whisked off from the shores of this country when discovered by other countries and are never given a chance to play a part in their country’s development. Frustration and suffering have chased many out of the country, many have turned to criminal activities and yet many more are present, waiting for an opportunity to shine to the world.
Will this opportunity not be provided for this young people? For Nigeria holds the best brains in the world, but what is its use, if it’s not harnessed? What will happen to a young sprouting plant if it cannot be planted on a soil and carefully cultivated? She withers and dies.
Nevertheless, with what is happening in our country today, it’s quite disheartening to know that much has not changed in this country. It seems that things keep getting more complicated as the only solution to our problems is by creating more problems.
With so much teeming young people, few are lucky and yet many are left to rot and die. A country endowed with so much riches and abundance of minerals , she has used them as seen fit for the populace and yet little or nothing have been put in place for these young people who want to serve their fatherland with all their heart.
Many are hopelessly roaming the streets asking themselves “what did I ever commit for being a part of my country? For suffering have turned once young and vibrant men, old men. Year after year, millions graduate from higher institutions only to come to the realization that the reasons for going to school have changed. One frustrated youth is a ticking time bomb let alone when the country is over flowing with them.
Finally, all hands must be on deck for the prognosis of this ailment. This youth who are your sons and daughters should be inculcated into the day to day activity of the nation. Opportunities should be created to suck up these unhappy men and women for a better Nigeria. Different medium should be used to help this young people play a part in their countries development. For If action is not taken to remedy this problem, its only chaos that will be eminent in our future and like a pregnant woman , only time will tell what she will give birth to. Doom, doom, doom, is what awaits a country with no planes for the future generations.
Yes everybody wants better life, better economy, and better means of earning money but do not forget that a nation that has no plan for the future generation is going to be a failed state.
Famuditi Gboyega writes in from Tai Solarin University of Education