I bet we all grew up hearing these popular statements:
“You are the future leaders of tomorrow”
“You will rule Nigeria one day”
“The fate of this country lies in the hands of our youths”
I’m actually very tired of hearing this. I bet we all are.
But are we (the youth) really the leaders of tomorrow?
I don’t see any young man or woman in power today.
Let me expatiate.
Ogbannaya Onu in 1992 was the first executive Governor of Abia State. Now, 20 years later he is the Chairman of All Nigeria’s People’s Party (ANPP).
Governor David Jonah Jang, in 1985, was the Governor of Benue State. Now, 27 years later, he is the governor of Plateau State.
Not enough to conclude?
I’m not done yet!
Major General David Mark (Rtd) was the Military Governor of Niger State in 1984. Now, 28 years later, he is the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Bamanga Tukur was the Governor of the Gongola State (which is now Adamawa and Taraba) in 1979. Now, 33 years later, he is the chairman of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party.
Governor Murtala Nyako was the Governor of Niger state in 1976. Now, 36 years later, he is the Governor of Adamawa state.
My last example….
Wait for it…
Governor Martins Elechi of Ebonyi State is over 80 years old!
Is that even allowed?
But then again, it’s Nigeria. In this Nations democracy, anything goes!
20 years later, 27 years later, 28 years later, 33 years later, 36 years later, our Nation is still being run by old men with the same old mentality, same old methods, same old mistakes, and we Nigerians live the same old story, and yet we expect changes.
So, with all this said, are the youths really the leaders of tomorrow? Do we even have any hope to lead tomorrow?
Either we have been lied to, or tomorrow is still very far away.