Not too young to contest for public office


Obviously, not everyone that goes to social media to discuss politics really knows and understands the game of politics. Some post there on their wall for it not to be empty, while some post to know how relevant their posts are, through the number of likes and comments they gather.

Some post because their friends are doing the same, while some do so for social media recognition. As it’s now the habit of Nigerians to wail and lament on social media. Some would even go as far as copying from the walls of other intellectuals or points they hear from various arguments and interactions.

However, I’ve got a lot running through my mind lately and it has made me sat down in the four corners of my room to put this together.

I’m very happy with the latest development by some progressive youths who are ready to revolutionise our government from its menopause state and save it from our Methuselah-like leaders. But my fear and points are these:

1) How prepared are the youths for this?

2) How are they planning to achieve this?

3) Are youths from other tribes or regions in the country ready to embrace this?

4) Don’t it look like it is just the educated youths who are ready for this?

5) How far can this go if eventually achieved? “looking at the historical information of some of the youths clamouring for this, from the little positions they’ve been tested with.

6) And lastly, will this ever be achievable?

My points:

»We all know how Nigeria politics has always been. Your emergence is often determined by your political party, your financial buoyancy, and sometimes your personality. I will say this clear and loud that, as it is in our dear nation, no matter how good your manifestos are and how beautiful your visions for the electorates are. If you don’t contest from a solid political party, you can’t get to the position to showcase your good deeds and intention.

So also we all know how primary elections are conducted. The delegates prefer to vote for the highest bidder as the flag bearer of the party, rather than someone who has lots of good to offer but not financially buoyant.

My concern now is that, which of we youths has the millions to spend on elections or will flagging a new political party for the youths be the better option here? Though we have the Youth Democratic Party (YDP) already.

» Also to achieve this, our youths need lots of education. Even though some are University, Polytechnic, and college of education graduates. But as we all know that education is categorised into many categories, that’s why we have some educated illiterates.

It’s very worrisome how some of these revolution crusaders have started chanting the name and throwing support for one of these old leaders as the preferred candidate who would bring a solution to all the mess we are going through presently in the nation. Even after 8years opportunity to prove what he could offer which he failed.

We are the problems of ourselves. Ain’t we? Rotating same set political masquerades out of lack of knowledge.

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» Unapologetically and fearlessly, I noticed that this development seems to be welcomed majorly by youths from the southwestern part of the nation. So won’t it be very hard for just one region to achieve this? Because one tree they say, cannot make a forest.

As we can see some youths from the south-southern and southeastern parts of the country are busy agitating for the freedom of BIAFRAN republic. Do you think they are ready to be in support of this and leave behind, the interest of the Biafrans?

Or the Northerners who believe they are the real citizens of the country and they should be considered first in every activity taking place in the nation.

» Won’t this agitation be supported by the literate youths alone? Statistically, I can say that the present figure of the uneducated and school dropout youths in the country is higher than the educated ones. Looking from the most populated region in the country which is the north that has a very high percentage of uneducated youths.

Remember some of these uneducated youths serve as bouncers and thugs to these tyrants and get their daily bread from them. Which has blindfolded them to seeing the brighter tomorrow and to know that these leaders are indirectly taking their glories. When will such youths ever think of joining a revolutionary movement?

» How long can this last if achievable?

I laugh and at the same time cry before getting angry at some set of wailers who go to social media to lament on how bad the government is. Even when they have no clean records from the few posts they’ve attained as beginners. Yeye people hiding under the umbrella of being comrades doing hanky-panky. Most of them are even being used as weapons of destruction against their fellow youths.

People who can embezzle a huge amount from association dues. Or try to break the school rules to contest for a Student Union Government position without meeting up with the required criteria knowing fully well what the modalities are. Doing all sort of unlawful things like smoking marijuana, having unlicensed arms in their possessions and sending miscreants after anybody that opposes their ideologies. And yet these are the same set of people that want to join this train of revolution.

Hmm, I sigh deeply and shake my head for the aftermath of this movement if these types of people are fully involved. The cub will surely look like the lion. Some of them have their role models among this demonic leaders, and when this is achieved what do we start facing again? A continuation of what their role models left behind and take it to the next level.

»We don’t need to deceive ourselves judging with the necessity of money and how youths are so eager to become rich these days, that the problem would begin when money starts getting involved. Even my Yoruba elders always say “owo loun boju ore je” (money ruins friendship).

In a nutshell, the aforelisted points are my observations and concerns.

“All dreams are achievable if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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