Youth Development Group
Who are the Youths?
They are between 16 and 35. They are the fresh, vibrant and energetic individuals with a strong desire to explore.
The youths are not experienced but they see possibilities, they seek attention, they want to be engaged in trying out everything and anything, they also can be easily manipulated and can be time bombs, if not rightly directed. Their potential is being largely ignored and being exploited They are our future leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneur’s, fathers and mothers etc. They are the pillars and foundation of Nigeria so the future rise or disintegration of Nigeria lies with the youths.
With a growing population of 67,000,000 youths in Nigeria over 30,000,000 are unemployed and 9,434,393 are uneducated! These youths represent the most active and vulnerable groups, that are often prompted for social mischief.
Over the years, large groups of these vulnerable group(youths) have been found to constitute themselves into social nuisance; thus contributing to the general hopelessness the Nigerian Nation has found itself in.
Today, the Nigeria youths are armed with characters that are antithesis to its progress. Such antitheses include dreams of getting rich quick without investing in the efforts required. Attraction to an ostentatious and flamboyant life style. Drug abuse, Kidnapping, armed robbery, terrorism, thuggery, cultism, prostitution, and internet scams. This behaviour is a manifestation of the failures in our social and governmental systems.
The role of youths in championing societal re-generation is legendary over the years.
Most nations that have achieved development have achieved it through the participation of sound and active youth who have served as the engine room that propelled such societies to progress. Revolutions and counter revolutions have occurred, leading to change in the status quo of corruption, oppression, exploitation and underdevelopment. But, one thing that is legendary about all these revolutions is the active role the youth played in mobilizing and sacrificing their lives, money and time for the future of their country.
Examples of revolutionary leaders that led such revolutions
are Fidel Castro, Che Guevarra, Amilca Cabral, Thomas Sankara, Mao Zedong, Lee Kuan Yew, Martin Luther King, Ghandi and Mandela etc. One thing inimical about all of them was their sincerity of purpose and the passion to change their societal ills; which they courageously pursued.
Let’s bring it home: Awolowo was 37 years, Akintola 36, Ahmadu Bello 36, Balewa 34, Okotie-Eboh 27 and Enahoro 27 and they led the struggle for Nigeria Independence after the death of Macaulay. In 1966, the first military coup was led by K Nzeogwu who was 29 years and countered by M. Mohammed 28, T. Danjuma 28, I. Babangida 25, J. Garba 23, Sani Abacha 23, and M. Yar’adua 23, and brought into power Y. Gowon 32, Ojukwu 33, Obasanjo 29, and Buhari 24! Most of the military governors who governed the states under the successive military regimes were under 30 years old.
Also, the brief democratic dispensation which interjected the military interregnums also saw some Senators and members of the House of Representatives, in particular, populated by persons under 30! Under 30’s were also not in short supply with appointments – we have examples of MT Mbu who became Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister at 23 and Pat Utomi who became a Federal Adviser at 27 and so on.
Today these age brackets are incapacitated, unwilling, unable and incapable of asking questions and demanding for accountability.
The failure of Nigeria is partly predicated on the failure of sound and conscious youths, who should have been alive to their responsibility of being the watchdog of their society against the ill-informed leaders and elders who are daily destroying the fabrics of the Nigerian society. Is this deliberate? Is this why education is not properly funded. Is this why there precious few industries in the country. Is it a deliberate attempt to stifle awareness?
The failure of our youth to live up to their responsibilities has seriously fractured and fragmented the country into a web of despair and frustration, today, these youngsters fail to realize that the future of this country (Nigeria) lies on their feet, while they sit and watch their destinies being mortgaged by the older generation. It is important to redirect our effort towards activities that make our society work.
REVIVE NIGERIA YOUTH PROJECT
To revive Nigeria we have to begin with the foundation and pillars. The youth. With the outlined problems above it is beyond argument that the Nigeria youth need to be jump started to its right full place, a driver’s seat to steer Nigeria in the right direction. They need to be made aware of their power, civil and political rights and come to a realisation that the fate of Nigeria is in their hands.
To achieve this we have outlined the following project to engage, empower and revive the Nigerian youth.