Three gbosas to my fellow Nigerian youths who directly or indirectly took part in the #EndSARS protests within the 13 active days before the disruption of our so-called leaders.
Gbosa! Gbosa!! Gbosa!!!
My fellow youths, ever resolute, dogged, real, hardworking and loyal; I salute your courage and efforts in making sure our beloved country doesn’t continue in her rotten stage where those we look up to have put it.
Thank you for bringing to honour the deaths and sacrifices of our fallen heroes decades ago even before we were long born. You made it possible for younger generations to believe that a new Nigeria can still emerge. Yes, it can still emerge.
The Amalgamation on January 1, 1914 led to the unity of this country by Lord Frederick Lugard, the governor of both the Northern Nigeria Protectorate and the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria.
Lord Lugard signed a document consolidating the two, thereby creating the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. Forty-six years later in 1960, Nigeria became an independent state.
We can’t blame him, he never envisaged that Nigeria would be at this stage of high economic destruction and corruption. Should we keep on mentioning our past leaders who put their lives at stake to ensure Nigerians gain free access to quality education and healthcare?
Past Heroes of Nigeria
These people fought for the freedom of Nigeria but are the present leaders fighting for the sustenance of the great legacies built by former? We can mention few of them, which include Herbert Macaulay, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, and Chief Anthony Enahoro among others.
We also have past female leaders who were not relegated by their gender; but fought tooth and nail to ensure freedom in Nigeria for their children and unborn generations. Women such as Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Margaret Ekpo, Gambo Sawaba, and Kudirat Abiola among others.
These were leaders who sacrificed their freedoms so that the present generation can live in liberty and pass on the batons of unity unto others.
Angry But Resolute Youths
I would not deny the fact that Nigerian youths of today are angry, having been despised, neglected and the leaders have purposely shut their ears to the painful outcry of these young minds.
Despite the yearnings of the youths that Mr President to address them, especially after the #Lekkimassacre, he eventually bowed to the request and aired his speech after 72 hours. Well, as a humble youth, I accept.
But my concern is why didn’t Buhari mention anything about the Lekki tragedy? Why didn’t he say anything about the alleged army who brutally shot at the unarmed peaceful protesters? It looked like to Mr President, nothing happened? Or did nothing actually happen, my fellow Nigerian youths?
Was the killing and endless shootings staged and full of fake news across the social media platforms?
Well, I believe that the truth shall be unveiled one day and the deaths of the innocent ones on this very day of 20-10-2020 shall never be in vain.
No To Vices!
My fellow Nigerian youths, however, I have this against you. In as much as we are making efforts to ensure a change in our country, I do not in any way support destruction of properties, vandalism, looting, brutality of any uniformed officer, rape, alcoholism, drugs, violence and immorality.
If we must win this fight, the good fight of justice, revolution and transformation, then it must be done the right way.
Say NO to vices. We shall win this fight together and alive to enjoy the good of this land. I need you to know that no matter how much we journey abroad, we all cannot depart this country, we have our families here.
This means that we all need to build our nation to what we desire. Yes, we can travel abroad, but we should not forget to share the values and assets we learn from other countries into ours.
My fellow Nigerian youths, Nigeria will be great again. Peace and unity. We pledge to uphold her honour and glory, and so help us, God!