Nigeria: World Recycle Capital

Feb. 2, 2013

When my friend forwarded this piece to me that he found on Nairaland, I believe originally composed by Akinlolu Olugboji, I realized why I had unknowingly signed up as a member of the SNP Youth party.

In 1979, Bamanga Tukur was the Governor of the defunct Gongola State (now Adamawa & Taraba) and 33 years after he is today the Chai…rman of the ruling Party; The PDP; Dr. Bello Halliru was commissioner in the Old Sokoto State (now Sokoto, Kebbi & Zamfara) and 33 years after he is today Minister of Defence; Major General David Mark (rtd) was the military governor of Niger State in 1984 and 28 years after he is today the Senate President;Gov. Murtala Nyako was the governor of Niger State in 1976 and 36 years after he is today the Governor of Adamawa State; Ogbonnaya Onu was governor of Abia State in 1992 and 20 years after he is today the National Chairman of ANPP; Gov. David Jonah Jang was the governor of Benue State in 1985 and 27 years after he is today the governor of plateau state; and Martins Elechi the Ebonyi State Governor is over 80 years old! Only in Nigeria is this possible, where the youth of today have no hope into the future! Where do we go from here?

anenih_diezani-PTPeople Deceive People (***), 1985, IBB was the president of Nigeria and our teachers told us that Buhari was the former Head of state..Our teacher also called us the leaders of tomorrow..27 years later, IBB and Buhari are still contesting for President.. Its either our teacher lied to us about being the leaders of tomorrow..Or tomorrow is yet to come.. Who’s fooling who?Let’s stand and fight for our right ‘cuz we are the leaders of Today… Pls let all youth form alliance together and fight for the unborn. We can’t continue like this. Pass it to everyone if u believe in the NIGERIA DREAM… Note: Don’t Just Get involved in Politics, let’s Live d Dream and Make it Real… #Yes We Can!!!

Yes, that is our beloved Nigeria, but the unbelievable tale above is not even the half of it. Nigeria was ruled by general Obasanjo in 1976 when he ruled for 3 years, and then, guess what? Nigeria was so defunct of viable’s, or better put, the coalition of elder politicians who rule Nigeria had no ‘better’ choice than to return same Obasanjo to power again in 1999 to again rule Nigeria till 2007! Little surprise, OBJ graduated Adbusalam, so Abdusalam returns the favor.

It beats the imagination how Nigerians allow these things happen to ourselves. Are our youth, the teaming 100 million of us, so prosaic, we continue to allow the same people who wrecked and keep ruining us, determine our fate and recycle their idea-vacuous cronies into all offices?

Musa Yaradua, Nigeria’s 13th head of state was a member of the 1988 Constituent Assembly. He was also member of the party’s National Caucus and the SDP State Secretary in Katsina. In 1991 he contested the Governorship election of the state.

Buhari contested for president again in 2011, and still promised to contest in 2015 when he will be 72 years old! This clearly indicates one thing. Unlike G. W. Bush senior who at least trusted his son and supported his candidacy, our Buhari can not even offer his son or daughter and the product of his nurturing for the top job. No! He campaigns for himself over and over. What does this say about how the elder generation rejects capacitating the youth with office?

Nigeria’s youth must be blamed and no one else. All we do and think of is Man-U, Arsenal, Arsenal, Barcelona. The youth must truly be weak and bereft of aspiration. We youth must love fighting and killing each other as hired political thugs and suffering and smiling as our hopes and aspirations to live decent, endowed lives as human beings are continuously trashed by the recycled goons whose best achievements over the decades are as Wole Soyinka described: “moral insolvency, stagnation in national development and increasing societal decay.”

Our existing political platforms are vestiges of the old colonial divide and rule, exploitation mentality. Like the black hole of Calcutta, anyone that is a part of them or comes close, becomes a chronically filthy nidus of deadly germs of corruption and fountain of inebriation.

The philosopher Plato said- The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

The is a youth coordinated platform upon which our best new generation candidates will emerge and be chosen by us to contest in all future elections.

I am not into politics or a politician, but I am a member of the I have declared my full independence from the old way of things. I believe every youth should come together now on this single platform and win or lose, let it be known that we have departed from the old way of things.

I am intelligent.
I am capable.
I am ambitious.
I am courageous.
I believe that corruption is a fancy word for thief.
And I can damn well lead a council, state and Nation better than these old fellows.
What about you?