It is said that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow. It is also noted that tomorrow never comes because tomorrow is today and today is tomorrow. If we continue to wait for tomorrow to come we will not take our rightful place in life but will continue to live in fantasy. Therefore, it is mandatory for us to make use of our ample time of tomorrow today.
Take a look at the world all over today, you will hardly see a youth in leadership position. The elderly ones have totally dominated the leadership position not because they are not competent but because they are greedy and selfish. The youths are not even asking to take leadership positions now. All they ask for is the opportunity to be nurtured and mentored by these elderly ones so that when the time comes, they will be fully equipped to mount on the leadership wings that they have been nurtured and mentored to ride on.
The youths that are so called leaders of tomorrow are fraudsters, armed robbers, suicide bombers, gangsters and cultists. Many of them are graduates and many of them do not opportunity to go to school for various reasons. Some are not financially capable to further their education; some don’t even have the interest of going to school and some fail to pass their higher institution examinations etc.
To prove that it poverty is not really the issue of youths delving into fraudulent or questionable activities, over the years and even currently, many youths who have been caught in cultist and armed robbery activities were the children of the rich and mightily placed in the society. Will you now say that they were not exposed to the good things of life by their parents or their parents and guidance did not send them to the best schools on earth? These have to do with a lot of issues that needs to be addressed.
First of all is the upbringing of children before they get to the stage where they can make decisions of their own. Many parents are guilty of this, because they never have time for their children. All they do is work from morning till night and come back home when the children are fast asleep and when the children wakes up in the morning they just see their parents briefly before they dash off to work again just to repeat the daily vicious circle. They leave the children in the care of their teachers, nannies, cooks and security and thereby exposing them to improper care and even child sexual abuse.
Secondly, some parents have time to train up their children but never do it correctly. They don’t think it is right for them to educate their children about what is right or wrong. They believe that the children will find out themselves. They use this scenario as an example: By the time a child puts his or her finger in the fire and it burns them, he or she would remove their hands. They believe that when the child experiences it, they will learn from the experience.
Thirdly, the government has also thrown away her responsibility of creating an enabling environment for child care and development. Everywhere you go in our country, you will see gigantic structures mounted and roads constructed everywhere. Our children no more have playgrounds like it used to be in time past all in the name of building a mega city? In time past, there were playgrounds where children could play games socialize.
Many talents have been discovered right from childhood due to the enabling environment created for the children. All we have now is social Medias and the internet that has been a blessing and at the same time a curse. Our children have free access to the internet anytime they want and they visit porn sites and read several mind polluting contents that channels them to the wrong side of life.
The government needs to reconsider and re-adjust the working conditions of worker (parents) so that they can have time to cater for their family’s emotional, physical and even spiritual needs so that they can be able to build and imbibe most especially in their children a formidable family values so that when they grow up, they would have been formed to be the youths that we so desire today.
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The government has failed in creating jobs for the thousands of graduates that leave school every year; talk less of the youths that did not attend higher institutions of learning. All they do is make empty promises. After graduation, the youths from the wealthy parents already have jobs waiting for them in their father’s conglomerates of business while the unconnected ones roam about the streets looking for jobs that don’t exist.
This is a challenge is a call to all the young people. How long shall we wait for the transformation that we so desire? When and how can we take our destiny into our hands? How can we fight this menace that besieges us? It is time to stop being dependent on the government to help us.
We can help ourselves to achieve the transformation we have been longing for by looking inside of us and discovering our potentials. There is so much abundance that God has blessed us with, He wants us to dig them out and use them for our own betterment, for the betterment of humanity and to His glory.
We can also be self-reliant by learning or to acquire a skill(s) even while we are still in school so that you don’t have to depend on anyone after graduation. The ball is in your court now, what would you do with it?
Instead of complaining and whining we must make a decision today and not tomorrow because our tomorrow begins from today.