The “Lazy Youth” feud
By: BAMITEKO Anthony Dare
Since the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari for 2019 presidential election, the major opposition party and those that are highly disappointed with his performance since he assumed office have been venting their anger out more than before. It is no more a hearsay or speculation that many are really angry with the way we are being governed in Nigeria.
Undoubtedly, we all know that President Buhari is not a good public speaker. Many believe that he still has a lot of questions to answer simply because he derives so much pleasure in attending to pertinent questions outside the walls of Nigeria.
Truly, the bread and butter of journalism is rumour/crises. The media knows how to use sellable caption for their articles and by so doing, people that easily jump into conclusion and find it difficult to read the full story arrive at a wrong notion and also mislead people thereby causing an uproar that is unavoidable.
It is crystal clear that there are many loopholes in this APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari, and many things they promised and used as their campaigns mantra have been going unfulfilled. What they are good at doing is propaganda and resolve for excuses and blame game. But that does not justify the assertion by many that this government is a total failure. However, there are laudable things, we have commendable and giant strides gestures as well.
When people are bottlenecked angry, and when one of the people causing the anger also lack how to address issues, nor good at using the right words, such a person will continue to commit blunder of the highest order and as well tarnish his image. In Yoruba Proverb, It is often said that ‘eyin lohùn’, which simply means when one utters a word, its like a broken egg and is irreversible. Even if one withdraws the statement and apologizes for it, that does not change the fact that the statement has been explicitly expressed. And the damages caused by such statement can never be easily forgotten in many’s diary.
Reading the full statement of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday 18th of April, one could expressely conclude that the President of the most populous black nation in Africa does not have the moral and academic compass to denigrate his own people. In his words: We have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. More than 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free. Without mincing words, this is what happens when government derives pleasure at giving unnecessary excuses and propaganda.
I believe we have some basic social amenities that is solely the responsibility of the government to cater for. And if the head of this country could mention healthcare and free education that many of them enjoyed in their own time, including free food as well, I am ashamed and afraid for my dear country. And another issue to ponder on is that, are we truly not a oil producing country? Are youths calling on this APC government to build house for them? Is it true that a lot of youths below 30 have not been to school? Where do our President get his statistics from? Who are those people that write his speech for him? What made them to paint youths in bad light that we want free things without lifting a finger? Many youths are on the streets in the nook and cranny of this country ridding okada, graduates inclusive. I have seen graduates doing odd jobs like in places where houses are built and a host of others are forced to do menial jobs in factories. Some youths even hawk in the cities and villages so as to earn a living, while less than 10% are truly idle and waiting for a mirage miracle, but where do our Presidency get their statistics from that a lot of us are idle when many have also resolved for twenty thousand naira private teaching school salary at the end of every month? This is a blatant lie and blasphemy from the pit of hell.
I can rightly say that Buhari government is continually digging its grave and if they continue to trend on this part in which they’ve chosen since the inception of their administration, their waterloo is certain and close at hand. Inasmuch many hate PDP, but I’m convinced to some extent now that if APC should field in Buhari in 2019, PDP might be having easy ride if they should present a quality and remarkable young candidate with great reputation and achievements. As industrious Nigerian Youths appear to be and also contributing to the economic advancement of their country , It is appalling and totally disheartening to hear the ways and manners in which their reputation and respect were tarnished before the whole world. Nigerian youths are doing great in music and movie industries, many have received commendations from international communities and organisations. All of these achievements have brought them nothing other than dejection from the President and putting them in bad light in the outside community. I met many great youths while on campus, most saw themselves through school . Most were good in soap making, beads making, hairdressing, barbing, working in factories like bakery at night just to earn a living and people that are part of the problem cannot help their situation but to aggravate their pains the more. It is appalling and totally uncalled for, and I am demanding an apologia from Mr. President and his cabinet and they should come to the streets of Lagos, Anambra, Port Harcourt Ibadan, Kaduna, Sokoto etc and to check some factories and ask few people questions so as to ascertain their qualifications and they will agree with me that their figures and statistics are inaccurate and they have stepped on the toes of the hardworking youths that earn their living with stress and sweat.
APC propaganda and blame game should stop for goodness sake because they were brought in because there was a problem. And if they still find it difficult to solve the problem uptiIl this moment, I believe Nigerians will send them back to where they belong.
- God Bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria