” Are Nigerian youths truly ready to run or just ranting?” – Dele Momodu asks in new article

” Are Nigerian youths truly ready to run or just ranting?” – Dele Momodu asks in new article

Writer, Dele Momodu in his new article, The Pendulum, ponders on the sincerity of Nigerians demanding to be a part of the political house and clamoring for political places of work.

In his piece, Momodu stated many Nigerian youths have misplaced it. In accordance to him ”The one type of expression they love and revel in is to conceal behind computer systems and smartphones to launch unbelievable assaults on folks they see as their enemies. It doesn’t matter in the event that they lack any iota of proof or proof, everybody, each politician, each profitable man, even when he has by no means served in authorities or obtained contract awards, each journalist who can not practise kill-and-go sort of journalism is their enemy. Each interview or report on somebody they don’t like, and don’t need to examine, attracts verbal and written assaults. Logic has been thrown to the canines. Too many incoherent analyses have taken over. Many are consultants in each subject or topic. Instantly, the elders know nothing, however the children know every little thing. This improvement needs to be worrisome to all proper-considering folks. Cyber-thuggery has just about and at last taken over”.

Fellow Nigerians, let me begin on a private be aware at this time by repeating a narrative you might be in all probability conversant in. Anybody who has adopted my trajectory a bit would have heard this story for the umpteenth time. I moved to Lagos from the traditional metropolis of Ile-Ife in 1988 on the age of 28. I had spent most of my grownup life in the historic township however all of the sudden reached a useless finish once I couldn’t even discover a job of a trainer, with a Grasp’s diploma in Literature-in-English. All my mates had one thing to do besides me. It wasn’t that I used to be boring or lazy, however there was embargo on appointments and promotions in increased establishments on the time.

Let’s now quick ahead. I began writing articles on the behest of my greatest pal, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, who was instructing Regulation on the Obafemi Awolowo College and my items quickly ignited hearth in the Sunday Tribune and The Guardian and I grew to become identified right here and there. Due to joblessness, I used to be suggested to attempt my luck elsewhere in Ibadan or Lagos. My choice was to work at The Guardian newspapers, however I couldn’t safe a job at Rutam Home. I used to be then launched by my late pal, Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo to the Editor of African Harmony journal, Lewis Obi, who agreed to make use of me immediately. However this isn’t the principle story. The meat of it’s that I used to be reluctant to work at Harmony Group, which was owned by Chief Moshood Abiola. And my grouse was primarily based completely on unsubstantiated stereotyping and false tales that ignited uncooked sentiment and silly emotion in me.

Chief Abiola had been demonised by a number of highly effective forces. His main offence was his opposition to Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Presidential ambition in 1979, and the function performed by the Harmony media conglomerate in not supporting a person who was virtually deified in Yorubaland. Abiola was thus seen to have dedicated heresy and had to be nailed to the cross. However by far probably the most potent and deadly assault got here from the one and solely irrepressible Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who produced and launched a monster hit, Worldwide Thief Thief, in which he referred to as Chief Abiola all method of unprintable names. I nonetheless don’t have particulars of what led to their skirmishes. After all, as a Fela devotee, we by no means noticed something good in Abiola thereafter, and we blocked our minds to ever liking a person who we had been advised was an oppressor, a non secular fanatic and a looter of Nigeria’s wealth. We by no means bothered to crosscheck the details or fiction however we believed every little thing hook, line and sinker. Fact was I secretly admired the person and wished I could possibly be like him however rumour made us dislike him. It was starvation that saved me from hating a person I didn’t know.

The primary lesson I learnt was that starvation doesn’t discriminate. There’s a Yoruba saying that “if you end up hungry sufficient, you’ll settle for meals out of your enemy.” I used to be too hungry for a job to have a selection, so I accepted the Harmony provide most reluctantly however with computerized alacrity. The second lesson got here after I resumed work at Harmony. Opposite to the hearsay that Chief Abiola was a non secular bigot, I found that he was too liberal to power his religion on anybody or group. He was completely detribalised and gave everybody his due. The nearer I bought to him, the extra I gained perception into one of many best Nigerians that ever lived. I grew to become a fan, and later his adopted son. I made a decision to be part of palms with others to rescue his battered repute which had been truly firmly rooted on the altar of politics and private squabbles. It was such an uphill activity as a result of detrimental notion is usually most troublesome to change. However I thank God for the unusual alternative to come shut to Chief Abiola, a uncommon privilege that made it attainable for me to purge my thoughts and soul of acquired and gathered bile.

Since then, I’ve remained on the facet of warning and tolerance. Journalism has additionally taught me to mellow down my temperament in coping with folks. I’ve imbibed the authorized aphorisms that you should all the time pay attention to the opposite facet and {that a} man is harmless till confirmed responsible. Furthermore, I’ve been in a position to differentiate between my routine job and my private opinion. I realised that many journalists have failed, and nonetheless failing spectacularly, as a result of they might not distinguish between the enterprise of journalism and their private sentiments. For instance, journalists are seen and anticipated to be the lamb of God who take away the sins of the world whereas all different professions and careers are at liberty to do enterprise with everybody, together with saints and sinners. The truth that Thisday or Punch newspapers report authorities actions day by day or transact enterprise with completely different governments doesn’t imply they’ll’t write opinions and editorials in opposition to the identical authorities they’d promoted or projected, if and when the federal government is misbehaving. It’s the top of illiteracy, and hypocrisy, to deal with the folks you criticise as enemies and vice versa. The very essence of freedom of speech and democracy is to communicate to energy as a corrective measure and never as vendetta. Thereafter, you should let the music play on.

My main baptism of fireplace got here after Ovation Worldwide agreed to cowl the weddings of Basic Sani Abacha’s daughters, Zainab and Gumsu, in Kano. Many individuals queried why I might attend the occasion of a household that almost ruined my household and lots of others. I used to be anticipated to stay eternally bitter and vengeful and never many realised that I had a job to do, dispassionately, and that vengeance belonged to God. On a lighter and constructive be aware, the Abacha authorities did me a favour by forcing me out of Nigeria. Ovation would by no means have been born if I used to be not in exile. Such is life. But somebody stated Ovation should die for committing such hara-kiri by attending the marriage that was lined by just about all media organisations in Nigeria. I’ve nice information for you. Regardless of the blistering assaults, Ovation didn’t just survive, we offered out utterly. Each mates and enemies of the Abacha household wished to see the content material of that particular version that warranted and attracted such fatwa. The methods of God should not the methods of Man.

Later as I got here throughout a number of books and articles on the lifetime of The Madiba, Nelson Mandela, I couldn’t think about how a person who spent 27 years in jail might come out of jail, change into President and but show such unprecedented magnanimity by eschewing each act of vindictiveness and vengeance. I used to be so touched and realised the true price of a Christian life is that he should forgive his enemies seventy instances seven instances, in accordance to the directions of our Lord Jesus Christ. The principle lesson I want to draw our consideration to is that being bitter, oftentimes, is a waste of time and power. Many issues will be achieved via passive resistance and delicate persuasion.

The aggression and anger I see throughout at this time is the principle motive for this epistle and sermon. A lot of our youths have misplaced it. The one type of expression they love and revel in is to conceal behind computer systems and smartphones to launch unbelievable assaults on folks they see as their enemies. It doesn’t matter in the event that they lack any iota of proof or proof, everybody, each politician, each profitable man, even when he has by no means served in authorities or obtained contract awards, each journalist who can not practise kill-and-go sort of journalism is their enemy. Each interview or report on somebody they don’t like, and don’t need to examine, attracts verbal and written assaults. Logic has been thrown to the canines. Too many incoherent analyses have taken over. Many are consultants in each subject or topic. Instantly, the elders know nothing, however the children know every little thing. This improvement needs to be worrisome to all proper-considering folks. Cyber-thuggery has just about and at last taken over.

The new development is that politicians now not marketing campaign with details about their efficiency. Their efficacious technique is to set the proletariat in opposition to the privilegentsia, by telling the poor that the wealthy is the explanation they’re impoverished. Individuals have been so brainwashed that many have stopped aspiring to greatness due to this glamorisation of poverty. Gone are the times when leaders promoted prosperity and downplayed penury however at this time politicians gloat about how they’ve succeeded in killing the companies of corrupt folks with the attendant collateral damages to thousands and thousands of dependants and the nation. In branding, no matter you emphasise about your self repeatedly is what could be remembered about you subsequently. But authorities is just not in a position to present various technique of livelihood to these multitude of paupers roaming the streets. Authorities might win elections utilizing this crude methodology however the nation will finally lose the battle to terrorism and self-immolating violence.The younger women and men who help authorities in perpetuating this parody are merely doing themselves a terrific disservice. The roles, and the great life they desperately crave won’t ever come when the economic system finally collapses on all due to unguarded utterances. I’m but to see any nation that intentionally de-markets, and unrepentantly scandalises, itself like Nigeria.

Our youths who’ve been moaning that they’re “not too younger to rule” would relatively dissipate power and assets on wars of attrition as an alternative of working onerous on how to take energy from the traditional leaders they’ve all the time grumbled about. The enemies of the youths are the youths themselves. The previous folks have mastered how to preserve them manacled and enslaved perpetually. The youths would by no means assist any of their very own. Once you aspire to the best workplace, the identical youths would say you might be too younger and inexperienced. Should you plead for donations, they’d ask why you need to contest when you haven’t any cash of yours or even ask you to pay for his or her assist. Should you ask the youths to step down for one among their strongest aspirants, they’d refuse even when they already signed a memo of understanding to agree on a consensus candidate. Should you ask them to comply with a younger man who has ample expertise and publicity to trendy methods of working a democratic authorities, they’ll let you know he’s a rogue and looter (probably the most abused phrase in the Nigerian lexicon) and can’t be trusted with energy, as if nations are ruled by saints and never by performers. Once you lose election, the identical youths will tease you endlessly about what number of votes you bought, as if that may enhance their lives. There may be nothing you are able to do or attempt that may please the generality of our youths. It’s like we’ve been utterly hypnotised and mesmerised and sentenced to everlasting servitude. Or might or not it’s a curse?

Nigeria parades a few of the most sensible youths on earth however we’ve not been in a position to propel one to the best workplace like America did for a primary era American, who was in his early forties, Barack Obama. From what I foresee, in the close to future, Nigerian youths are neither ready nor ready to seize the mantle of management from the geriatric era they declare to detest however clearly love and assist, blindly or inadvertently.

Actually tragic.

AT HOME WITH THE GOVERNOR OF NAIROBI MIKE SONKO

I used to be honoured to be invited to the nation residence of the Governor of Nairobi, Hon. Mike Sonko. The event was the third memorial service for his beloved dad, Mr Gideon Kioko Kivanguli (1949-2015). I used to be privileged to lay the wreath at a particular mausoleum constructed for the nice man.

I’ve been in Kenya numerous instances and have met a number of politicians, together with the Vice President, Mr William Ruto (born December 21, 1966). I’m but to meet the the 2 time period President, Mr Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, a businessman, and son of Kenya’s first President, Pa Jomo Kenyatta, who was born on October 26, 1961. I’m older than each of them. Regardless of my expertise or publicity and private success in my chosen profession, it will be troublesome, if not close to unattainable, to attain such spectacular feats in my pricey nation Nigeria. Kenyans didn’t vote for them, twice, as a result of they thought they had been saints from heaven. Kenyans voted as a result of they signify the longer term they envisage for his or her nation. As a matter of reality, each leaders attracted a lot controversies earlier than attaining energy, however they managed to climate the storm. It’s essential to salute their knowledge in reaching out to the Opposition and therapeutic their divided nation.

As for the Governor of Nairobi, he was born on February 27, 1975, a yr earlier than I wrote my WAEC examination. He was additionally a businessman earlier than he ventured into politics. He controls the Kenya’s largest metropolis, a megacity like Lagos State in Nigeria. His recognition is unbelievable. He loves Nigeria very dearly and hopes to faucet into the boundless power and the by no means-say-die spirit of Nigerians. I used to be touched by his respect and type and beneficiant phrases for Nigeria, and Lagos metropolis in explicit. He advised me he has heard a lot in regards to the ongoing beautification in Lagos and he appears ahead to linking up along with his counterpart, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in the close to future.

I met a number of different younger politicians in the course of my go to this week, and it was such an eye fixed opener. I’m hoping that our personal youths would finish their complacency and take the bull by the horns.

It’s not unattainable…

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