There are two national burning issues which are currently being feasted on by both conventional and social media. They have become the talk of the day and subject for group discussions.
Some express their views positively and others negatively.
One of these issues is the President Muhammadu Buhari's speech on our youth at the recent commonwealth meeting in London.
President Buhari said, "We have very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be one hundred and eighty million, more than 60 per cent of the population is below the age of thirty. A lot of them have been to school and they are claiming that, Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare and education free."
Some few Nigerians, apparently out of mischief misconstrued and misinterpreted this statement intentionally and maliciously and derailed it from its true meaning and import. They purportedly said that PMB said Nigerian youths are lazy and unproductive. For God's sake is there mentioning of any word like laziness or unproductivity in the above statement? Is there any word like debasement or demeaning of our beloved youth?
What do we gain from fabrication and concoction of fallacies just to blackmail and defame someone. If such people's aim is to attack PMB's good name and reputation by false interpretation, this cannot work.
They saw 2019 is approaching fast, therefore they are jittery and apprehensive; so they will do everything possible to blemish the President. Majority of Nigerians are very much aware of Mr. President's achievements and sacrifices, as such no one can pollute their minds.
Youths are the hope of every nation in the world. They are the backbone of our development and progress. They are the pillars we recline on for our future. There is no way for the President to disdain them. Our youth played very vital role in bringing the President and his government on board, therefore he will never look down upon them. Our diligent youth please do not be deceived by the hullaballoo of the opponents of your President. Buhari and his government are working day in day out to reposition this country.
PMB dwelled on many Nigerian issues in his speech e.g. devastation of the Northeast by Boko Haram, general security situation, investment and so on. But people did not pick any point out of these very important matters except what he said on the youths. Why is this antagonistic stance? Let me make it abundantly clear to those who want to instigate the youth against the President, that still his fans and cronies are exceedingly larger in number in the country than his detractors and defilers.
And to be candid, some of our youths do not want to work, more especially the graduates among them. They want to be employed by the government. This is not possible in any country. Let our youths engage themselves in manual labour or engage in any venture involving human skill, power or energy. This will go in long way in addressing our employment problem, and at the same time will contribute to our development.
The next issue tackled by this write-up is the issue of snatching of the mace at the Senate Chamber at daybreak. That behaviour was highly condemnable and reproachable no matter who were the perpetrators and for whatever reason.
By and large, to my personal assessment and outlook this did not come from vacuum. It was as a result of the discriminative and segregated treatment of the Senate against their colleagues, and also it was as a result of how the Senate conducts the affairs of the nation vis-a-vis their behaviour towards the executive arm of the government, more especially the leadership of the house. Many things are not moving in this country. Appointments are always delayed and even rejected sometimes just because, that will not serve their personal interest. This arouses the indignation of the people. Majority of Nigerians are not happy with the way they are doing things. It is very rare to see the Senators engaged in any discussion which will benefit the nation as a whole. For instance, up to now, they have not finished with our budget. Some Nigerians accuse the President for slowness. They should know that, if the Senate has not cooperate with him in executing his laudable assignments, how can he be hasty or speedy.
Among the morbids bedevilling the Senate is their discriminative dealing with their colleagues. They don't treat every member in the same way. There are untouchable and sacred cows among them who are beyond criticism, more especially those who are in the good book of the leadership.
We are all living witnesses of how distinguished and revered Senators, like Ali Ndume, Abdullahi Adamu and Omo Agege were treated and sprayed with insecticide, simply because they expressed their views and made their observation which were not in the favour of the leadership and some others, while the chosen ones were sprayed with deodorant notwithstanding their exposing and divulgement of some of the Senate's secrets. No action was taken against them. They made public the huge and outrageous amount the Senators consume monthly as their salary and allowances and that amounts to N13 million.
In conclusion, my advice to the young ones, don't listen to any disgruntled and destructive critic those who talk more and do less. Make sure that in the next coming elections, you voted in those who have the interest of this country in their hearts. Don't be deceived by orators or be carried away by political traders who go to the national assembly to invest, and many of them are as such, though this time around most of them may not go back to their seats. We all have seen this present National Assembly Members have done nothing tangible to this country. They ended their three years in office busy fighting the government. Please Nigerians don't waste your votes this time. Select any person who you deem fit to serve the people of this country. Avoid the unpatriotic, opportunists, egocentrics and exploiters. In my view point, the only benefit Nigeria draws from the National Assembly is that, they are one of the symbols of Democracy in the country nothing more.
Prof. Nguru is the Chief Executive of Nigeria Arabic Village