Nigerian youths should know that nobody is ready to spoon-feed them anymore in the present day Nigeria – A good number of the citizens are blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the current economic downturns the country is facing – It is high time people thought outside the box and stop to angelise or demonise others One of the things Nigerian youths love doing is to pass the blame for whatever challenges they are facing onto other people. Although, a few people are involved in epicaricacy of these youths, however, one will not shun away from the the fact that these young able-bodied men and women need to look inwards. According to a Chinese Proverb, “he who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived.” The above saying is apt for the Nigerian youths. It is highly instructive. This is because you often hear excuses like, “I turned to crime because I don’t have anyone to sponsor my education beyond secondary school level, or “There is no hope for the youths in this country called Nigeria,” and so many other unwarranted statements. The economic state of any society or country will always be favourable to some people, while others will be discontented. But the main thing for anyone to do is to know how to use his critical thinking and intuition to remove himself from the web of the day-to-day complaints.
Some of the reasons why Nigerian youths have a role to play in their state of unfavourable situation is stated briefly below:
1. Lack of innovative ideas There is a saying that a person will continue to get the same result over and over several times if he continues to do what he does in the same manner. In today’s world, everyone should be IT-complainant. There is hardly any task performed without an input with the use of the computer. In this 21st century, some youths still do not know how to operate the computer. They can not do basic tasks with the computer. They therefore lag behind. These kind of individuals continue to grumble that President Muhammadu Buhari has done nothing since he was sworn in May, last year. While some of their peers dig deep to remove themselves from poverty and do away with complains, they bring no new thing to the table.
2. Unending passion for alcoholic drinks The future of Nigerian youths is really at stake. All sorts of alcoholic drinks have taken over their lives. Some of these alcoholic beverages come with very high alcoholic content which could damage the liver. These youths believe when they take these drinks, they relieve them of all their worries. In the real sense, this is not the case. These drinks add more to their problems, as they think less of how to remove themselves from the pangs of abject poverty.
3. Engaging in different types of gambling activities It is in only in Nigeria an unemployed youth is actively involved in gambling. For instance, a young man who ought to find means to save money in order to start a petty trade will not do so. He will rather prefer to use the money to gamble. At the end of the day, he has no money. He continues to ask for pocket-money from his parents or guardians despite being over 30 years of age.
4. Extravagant lifestyle Some youths live above their means of livelihood. Some of them inherit their father’s or mother’s properties but squander them on women of virtue and bad mates. They lack basic money management tips. This habit of theirs continue until all the money is wasted without any tangible investment. They make a U-turn when they are dead broke and blame their family members and relations for their lack of money. Some of them even say their problems are spiritual in nature.
5. Prostitution/fornication It is disheartening to see the rate at which young females are involved in the trade of prostitution. They are called commercial sex workers. When these ladies are sent to school to better their status in the society, they turn to prostitution business in order to make ends meet. Some of them may become infected with all sorts of sexually transmitted infections and venereal diseases like HIV/AIDS, syphilis and staphylococcus. They later become object of ridicule to the men who used to patronise them.
6. Political gangsterism Nigeria is one of the countries that has the highest number of political thugs. No statistics is needed to justify this. This is glaring during election periods in the country. Every politician who is influential has his own groups of thugs, he can unleash on his feeble opponent at anytime he desires. There are always campaign targeted at the youths informing and dissuading them against this heinous act. These youths never listen due to the peanuts these politicians give them to hack down an opponent. Some of these youths most times are killed. With all these, some Nigerian youths still do not heed to the warning that political gangsterism ruins their lives.
7. Choosing bad societal influencers as role models Who do the youths pick as role models? None, but the musicians who sing music which instigate hatred. They follow criminals and other sorts of vicious people, who made
names through dubious means. The number of youths who see the likes of Professor Wole Soyinka and the late Chief MKO Abiola as role model is few, compared to those who see the likes of 50-cent and the late Notorious BIG as role models.
8. Living a life of illusion and fantasy There has never been a time in the history of the world where all great men and women who everyone adores achieve greatness on a platter of gold. All these important figures achieved greatness by paying different prices. No pain, no gain. But the youths think life is a bed of roses. It is when they find themselves in a difficult situation either in their career or academics or marital life, that they start blaming others. They do not want to make the hay while the sun is shining.
9. Detest for academic brilliancy In some states in Nigeria, the youths there believe it is easier and faster to make money out of school than being in school. Some of them will even cite world’s richest man and Africa’s richest man, Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote respectively as examples. They use both men as excuses for dropping out of school. One thing such youths fail to realise is that these two men had some sort of education and knowledge about what they do, before they became financially successful and renowned globally.
10. Dumping local culture for habits alien to the society Someone might get amused when you see a Nigerian youth pull down his trousers below his waist in the name of sagging. It is not part of Nigerian culture for any young man or woman to imitate the bad things from the West. The offensive ways in which the youths speak and dress show that something urgent must be done by the youths themselves in order to save the coming generation. Credit naija.com
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