“Great Nigerian Youth… How Far?” – Written by Charly Boy


A piece from the Areafada.

One of the many things God
blessed me with, would be the
ability to go to sleep at will even
if my house is on fire. I consider
that as a gift because, this
environment has murdered sleep
for most Nigerians. How can we
sleep when things are all falling
apart around us? It saddens my
heart to see the appalling state of
our nation and the quick
progressive decline in the quality
of governance and the
management of the polity. Naija
as it were has gone to the dogs
and really, it’s only a matter of
time before shit finally hits the
fan. Because, we must hit rock-
bottom before we can start to
think of a Nigeria that is

I have noticed lately that I am fast
losing my gift, being able to fall asleep
at will. It’s no longer happening for me
like it use to. Thank God, I haven’t
gotten to the point of popping
different kinds of pills to be able to get
some sleep. These days, I seem so
consumed with the thoughts of how all
of these injustices, poor leadership, the
frustration, hopelessness, and despair
amongst young Nigerians will all be
resolved. How much longer can we all
go on as if all is well. The situations as
appalling as they are reminds me of
Asa’s song, “There is Fire on the
Mountain, and no one seems to be on
the Run” How much longer will it take
our leaders to realise that they are
sitting on a time Bomb. How much
longer will it take the few good men
and exceptional Nigerian youth to stop
hiding under the bed, while the vile,
the fraud, the gangsters, the 419ers,
the thieves take over the polity?
Yesooooooo, we are all guilty, guilty of
inaction, guilty of procrastination,
guilty of being scared by our own
shadow. Yet, we complain, talking bla
bla bla all over the place and doing
nothing. That is why the youth of this
country are taken for granted. Look at
how our once strong and vibrant
youths have grown powerless, and
have even become willing instrument
and tools in the hands of vile and
wicked politicians. Our young people
have been so battered physically that,
they have lost the urgency to protest.
How can they not know that the
consequences of corruption, wasting
of resources and stealing affect them,
the youth more than anyone else?
They have not realized yet that they
are the ones who can’t go to school,
and that most of their parents have
been impoverished by this shit-system,
and for the millions who graduate
from the university, half baked; where
are the jobs? Unreliable statistics say
that about 28million young people are
unemployed and about 5million join
annually as the army of the
unemployed youth grows, drugs,
violence, despair and hopelessness
have become a permanent fixtures in
the lives of our dear youth. This is the
Nigeria of today. A country so
endowed, yet 60 percent of Nigerians
are living below 1dollar/ 25cents a day.
What a shame, what business has my
country with poverty? How far, great
Nigerian youths?
The old foxes, old fraudsters, many of
those who had been in leadership
position in the past, wrote this tragic
script, they are still very much around,
jostling for position and power. Most
annoying is when they pay lip services
saying, “the future belongs to the
youth”, which youth? The one they
cloned, or the ones yet unborn.
Because all these old foxes that should
be put to pasture are still dragging it
with the young people not ready to
quit the stage, unless they die there.
They have become deaf, dumb and
blind to the pains and sufferings of
ordinary Nigerians. The criminal
nature of most of our leaders is what
has given impetus to criminal gangs,
kidnappers, militants, terrorists, money
doublers, gangsters who prey on
innocent citizens as effectively as the
yahoo yahoo leaders’ prey on
Nigerians. Nigeria has become their
slot machine. This is how they have
weakened our youth, because even the
leaders so far, lack creativity. All they
have produced for the past 38yrs is
mediocrity. The youth cannot make
good decisions and hence can’t make
good leadership, double wahala. These
are the kind of leaders our youth
emulate, being schooled in the arts of
making it by all means even if they
have to sell their mothers. Most of
these yahoo leaders are getting rich at
the expense of the masses and Naija
youth. What can they produce, except
buy houses, cars, posting their new
acquired jet planes on Facebook and all
over the social media, keeping billions
in bank accounts, while the youths and
the masses suffer and the environment
remains in shambles? How far great
Nigerian youth?
I can feel the growing resentment the
masses have towards the leadership, it
is ‘us’ against them. The youth may
seem not ready for a revolution, but
the one thing they have in common
that cuts across ethnic and religious
differences is a genuine yearning for
Change through a revolution. A
revolution that will see the end of this
rampart injustices and authority
stealing that has left us poor and
hopeless. They also want to see how
the mighty and the once untouchables,
those responsible for bringing Nigeria
to its knees face the music if possible
with their blood. The youth obviously
don’t believe in Nigeria anymore, even
the unbelievers know we can no longer
carry on like this. People argue that
the youth are not capable of retrieving
their stolen future ever again. Just like
we never believed that a Nigerian for
whatever reason could strap himself
with bombs and blow himself up. When
Boko Haram started, many including
myself believed that all who were
involved must have been fanatics from
neighbouring countries. Loh and
behold, they were many Nigerian
youth involved. For them, it was better
than dying like a chicken. What about
the naija guy who failed to blow
himself and the plane up, in far away
America? The army of desperate youth
is growing, not to talk of the kind of
arms that have come into this country;
God help us. For those who still think
that the Nigerian youth are too
disorganized and weak to confront
these demons, I say, it’s possible. They
have a common enemy, namely;
hunger, poverty, hopelessness,
frustration and a strong satanic hatred
for our leaders and elites. You may be
asking yourself who will lead this
inevitable revolt. For many youth, the
power is in their hands right now as
you read this; the instrument of
mobilization and you know what? It
has started.
As humans, we communicate by
expressing our feelings, our thoughts
based on how we perceive certain
situations. Most of the youth have
become aware of the problem affecting
them, most of them live on the social
media highway to while away their
time since millions of them are out of
jobs or poses the faintest idea on what
else to do. They are stranded, and most
pitiful is that nobody cares. This is
where young people fellowship now to
escape from the brutality of a harsh
environment caused by those “bigger
“than Nigeria. Once people become
aware of a common need or problem
through interaction and discussion, it
is easier for them to create a
mobilizing strategy towards a common
goal. From the bush, the house, in the
car, or even from across the seas, the
exceptional ones will control millions
through the social highway networks.
I can feel the rage, the anger and the
strong satanic hatred for our
kleptomaniac leaders. I pray for the
seemly fragile, deflated Nigerian
youth, the victims of bad and selfish
leadership. Young Nigerians; no matter
where they are from, all face the same
sad and evil reality created and
perfected by a common enemy. We all
know the problem of Nigeria; they say
a country deserves the kind of
leadership it gets, hmmmmm…
Nigerian youth… how far?
Where are the exceptional youth who
will remedy us from this hopeless
situation? If it’s not road accidents
because of bad roads, it is incessant
strikes because government still has
not lived up to its promise to inspire
the teachers. However, their children
are all abroad while ours study with
candle light and kerosene lamps in a
country capable of providing power
for all. Inflation is tearing families
apart and causing parents to abandon
their duties. Haba, the iniquities are
just too much to recount, it’s not fair
in the eyes of God. As these yahoo
yahoo people continue to rob us of our
lives and future, ironically they are
facilitating this revolution. When the
chips are down, the youth will no
longer think on religious lines or
ethnic differences; they will be so filled
with hatred, vengeance and anger.
They will vent this on all those who
have brought them sorrow, tears and a
bleak future. There will be a spark as
young people pour out on the streets
hunting for their enemies and serving
them a dose of mob justice. The time
and how, I know not. But yes, it is
boiling over; the handwriting is not
only on the walls but on the faces of
the angry youths I see on a daily basis.
Nigerian youth… how far? na una
hand Nigeria dey. Beat the drum for
change and a better life. Let’s stop
blaming our leaders and elders. If they
have failed us, we can’t afford to fail
ourselves. Let us use our strength to
cut off corruption in this land. Make
una no fall my hand…
Na Charlyboy D Areafada dey yarn

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