Mixed reactions have been trailing the appointments or ministerial nominees of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, since the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, read the names out on the floor of the upper chamber. Chief among the reactions, as far as I and concerned, is the question about where the youths are.
Some expected a relatively young team and were, to an extent disappointed when the team produced had people who are mostly between the ages of 45 – 60 or just a little close to 70. When this issue was discussed earlier in the day on a live television programme, a caller simply named Rev. Dominic reminded the discussant of the apathy that most educated young Nigerians have towards politics.
Everyone wants to become a doctor or engineer or broadcaster and so many other things. When you mention politics they will tell you it is a dirty game. They have refused to get involved in the so called dirty game and whenever appointments are made, we are quick to judge how many men or women and people of average age and youths that are represented in the list.
Later in an evening news bulletin, the President’s media aid, Mr. Femi Adesina, was live on television and among many other questions, he was asked why the team didn’t adequately represent the youths. His answer, to me, was both shocking and profound. He said, ‘power is not ceded, power is taken.’
That simply means people will not give up power and we, the young people will have to wake up and take our rightful place in the scheme of things. We can’t wait for power to be given to us while those people who have been in power keep taking everything.
There was one other important thing that the Rev. Dominic said when he called into the live programme. He mentioned the fact that we should not expect some people to work tirelessly for the people in politics to get into office and hope that when they get there people like us will now be appointed.
We also have to get involved as youths and when we don’t, we should not expect much from the process. The more we stay away, the more things continue to elude us. We keep hoping that it will be our turn someday while some people are busy taking power.
Young people either in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Australia, Uganda, Ukraine, Canada or in the United States and every other part of the world will need to stop hoping to be invited to power and get involved ~ in political processes and the real politics.
Until we do that, we will wait for a very long time in anticipation of power. Meanwhile, power is very sweet and will be very hard to give up by the elderly people who have tasted it.
Are you young and still wondering when we will ever get into power or when the government will duly recognise us? Stop waiting and wondering. Get involved!
Fola Daniel Adelesi
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