Because our generation needs a voice

An era of change

ndukweIn just a little over two weeks, our representatives-elect will be sworn into office.  After months – for some vigilant few, years – of gruesome campaigning, these apostles of change or continuity will start – or continue – the task of building Nigeria into a country worthy of the appellation “big brother of Africa.”

Thanks to Professor Atahiru Jega’s insistence on the use of Card readers, for the first time in our 16 years of democratic experimentation in this 4th Republic, the votes of the ordinary Nigerian, to a great extent, mattered.  With the exception of states like Abia, Rivers and Delta where the People’s Democratic party took electoral manipulation to new heights, Nigerians were allowed to vote make their own electoral choices.  For the first time in about half a century, ‘non-indigenes’ won freely and fairly in states of ‘non-origin’.  These are indeed interesting times for Nigeria!

In many instances, ‘poor’ candidates were also able to roundly defeat their much more ‘endowed’ rivals.  If this is not the winds of change, I don’t know what is.

It is therefore, in the light of this era of change that I urge young, patriotic Nigerians to step up to challenge of building a Nigeria we can all be proud of.  While social media gives us the platform to frankly – and quite brutally – take on the issues that most affect us, as well as those our representatives that can best shape them, we must step out from behind the veil of the largely anonymous social space and step into the harsh limelight of representative politics.  We must begin to identify with those that share our passions and work with them to create a better Nigeria.  To be anonymous is to be cowardly, and cowardice will not create the nation we all long for.

It might seem far, but 2019 is just, politically, around the corner.  As the march towards a new Nigeria begins on May 29, so must our march towards changing the face of Nigeria’s representative politics.  The next States and National Assembles must have more young people who will actually do their jobs!  The government houses must be staffed with young professionals who understand the new world in which we live, and  who have the requisite knowledge to navigate it with the changing technologies of our time.  From Abia to Zamfara, younger, more energetic voices must begin to be heard.  This indeed, is an era of change, and we must be its champions.

1 Comment

  1. May 13, 2015    

    Absolutely true. There’s a burden of history on everyone, especially the newly-elected and the young people that must insist on progressive governance.

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