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OPINION: OUR GENERATIONAL YOUTHS – Comr. I. E. Kelly Rufus

Youths are the Generational Hope of the Future, And Practical Catalyst to Achieving the Dreams of a society. On qoute:

There is no developing/Developed society today, Where Directly or Indirectly the Youths of that society do not Contribute to its Communal Development.

Nigerian Youths are not lazy youths, Rather, We are set of Unhappy people but yet, very Comfortable with our Individual plights.

A Nigerian Youth is that Youth who would love to sit and watch a Political/Traditional leader Performs Miracle in Governance and or Leadership without wanting to partake in the Delivery process which is to produce the expected Miracle.

Sometime November, 2017, I was Privileged to have accompanied by Friend and Political Leader, A former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and the immediate past Federal lawmaker Who Represented the Good people of Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru west Federal Constituency in Imo State in the House of Representatives,
” Rt. Hon. Good luck Nanah Opiah” to attend a youth Conference, Organized by the SOUTH EAST EMERGING POLITICAL LEADER’S FORUM as A Guest Speaker, with the Theme: for the program as:

YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IN NIGERIA: STRATEGIES FOR ACTUALIZATION on the 18th November, 2017 at the International convention center (I.C.C Owerri, imo State).

After his Apluading lectures, A question from the Audience was directed to him, and that Question immediately awaken my Consciousness as a young Nigerian.
The question was: DEAR, MR. SPEAKER AND HONOURABLE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE, WHY IS IT THAT, IN NIGERIA DURING ELECTIONS POLITICIANS COME CAMPAIGNING, CALLING THEIR SUPPORTERS AND WITHOUT DELAY PICKING UP CALLS FROM IT’S CONSTITUENT’S BUT ONCE THE ELECTION IS OVER, THEY CHANGE A NEW PHONE OVERTIME AND NO LONGER TAKES UP CALLS AS BEFORE ?

When the Young imolite, whose name I can’t remember, Threw the Question and directed it to be answered by my Friend, Rt. Hon. Opiah, the Audience fell to laughter chanting,
Good question, good question….

In Reacting to the Question asked, Rt. Hon. Opiah Immediately answered by saying:

” Thank you so much my young friend for your question, I want to shock us a little, you see, Here in Nigeria, It has grown so bad that the very day you Conceieve the thought to run for a Political Position, that is the very day you begin to Spend and in spending, it is all about finance.

Once it is certain that you want to contest for an election, voom !!!!!
Your Family wants to Gain from you, your Friends wants to gain from you, Your Community wants to gain from you, Various Political group’s wants to gain from you. And At this stage, no one cares to know if you are having or not, all they want and talk to you about is how to spend to win your election and they make gain from their support.

Been a determined Politician on knowing that your financial Straight can’t see you through the election process, You result to Borrowing, from God knows where, just to fund your Campaign/Election.

Unlike the western societies, where upon convinction of your friends, constituents that you want to run for a Political Position, they start throwing in their support, Letting out Their Car’s for Campaigning, and Will begin to Market your Candidacy even without your knowledge.

My dear friend, how can you juxtapose this Two situations?
In answering your question, I will say, the attitudes of our Nigerian Politicians Changing their Phone lines and not always picking up calls as used to is because, Some of us Borrowed money elsewhere for the election, and when we definitely win, We must pay off the debts acquired in the course of the election before thinking on how to take other calls.

This is not the same in America, This is the simple truth, no one will after spending much just for an election to Represent his people and wouldn’t want to regain His lose, and to most Politicians, at that point, they avoids coming close to the home not until barely few months for another Election you see them coming to re_identify with their people and it is very funny, the people still Accept them.

This same set of politicians who visits home during elections are actually the set of politicians the people fully votes for Reelection and the next minute they begin with the usual him Know dey try Slogan ~ This Rt. Hon. Opiah Answered.

From this, One can actually affirm to my position on the second paragraph of this article, that Nigerian Youths are set of Unhappy, but yet, Comfortable people who Chooses to Complain at all point about a process but have refused to contribute and help change the faulty Process.

2015 as a young Nigerian who understands the Iota contributions of the Commonman in his Society, I Formed a Youth Advocacy group in my place, ” Egbema Kingdom” of Rivers State, With the name, EGBEMA MASSIVE MOVEMENT_E.M.M.

My Family called me, my friends advised me, so close leader’s from my place all said The same thing to me, OHU’ OKWU’ EGBEMA KA’EJA- BA ?
TUZUR’U NKWA’ UHUU”

(Meaning, is it the Affiars of this wicked kingdom as they painted it to be that you wish to involve Yourself on? My Son, my Brother, Forgo this vision.)

Since that time till date, I have faced all manners of Criticisms, abuse and accussation bothering on my Neutrality and alleged involvement with any Cartels of Leadership in Egbema, and further pointed as having a personal Agenda just because of what most person’s fear will be impossible and soon a possibility. but yet, I remained Focused to the Vision and my motivations to continue builds daily.

The Nigerian Youth, Should stop waiting for a comfortable Time to Participate in the Community Building and Development of her society.

While we have much of security infractions in our societies today is because of the independency of our Youths. Leader’s/Politicians mortgaging the future of our Generation while empowering daily, their own children and Relatives.

Our Youths should stop Complaining and start Building Structure’s, Businesses, and Mapping out strategies on how to become Useful to themselves and their societies which has rejected them.

While we Talk about the irregularities in the leadership styles of our leaders, let me say this, ” THE CURRENT GENERATION OF YOUTHS TODAY, IF NOT CAREFULLY REORIENTED, WILL LIVE TO GROW MORE OF VISIONLESS LEADER’S THAN WHAT APPEARS WE HAVE TODAY

I long for a time where Youths can be trusted in our Generation today.

The zealousness to acquiring quick wealth, has Materialized so deep in us a young people.

Until we young Nigerians Changes our Perception towards leadership/Governance and begin to Support by Commendations, Suggestions and constructive Criticisms of the leadership ills and behaviors of our Leaders, we can never achive any True Leadership and that is my opinion.

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