LAMENTATIONS OF A YOUNG, CONFUSED & ANGRY PESSIMIST FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, NIGERIA.

How on earth do I have to say “l gat no worries” when I haven’t achieved anything yet? I’ve been going through sleepless nights lately. I’m not suffering from insomnia and neither did I suffer any heartbreak. Basically, Where to go next, what to do next, how to do it, and when to do it are what has dominated the larger part of my heart and I must confess it has not being easy thinking about the uncertainty of the future.

Thinking about the milieu itself-the other side of the world; where nothing works; where you are impelled to succumb to the law of the jungle (survival of the fittest); where futures of the bright, eloquent and brilliant ones remained in seclusion-characterized by emptiness, hopelessness and uncertainty; where the populace are left in oblivion on how their affairs are run. Obviously the future looks so bleak and it seems as though there can never be an iota of hope for those who are not fortunate enough to be raised in an affluent home. It wasn’t like this in the olden days where a son of an illiterate lower class farmer from Oke-Oluokun, a son of a blacksmith in Ikere, a daughter of a clothe weaver from Igbo Owu could succeed seamlessly and make exploits, even without them knowing someone who know someone that is close to an official in any of the top echelon of the state.

We the contemporary generations are completely complacent, comfortably sitting our asses on these skeletoned cushions, lustfully pressing our phones waiting for hustle to pay and hoping for miracle to happen suddenly. Arrant nonsense that has become an unspoken tradition! We chose not to learn from the ordeals and failure of our immediate predecessors. We’ve forgotten that We are young and able. We are capable of making the future we’ve pictured a reality. But here we are, tamed, dehydrated, devitalized, weakened and castrated.

A country where the leaders of tomorrow are admitted to a University at age 19, spent 5 or more years to study a 4 year course, mandated to serve their father’s land for a year but are despicably rejected for being overaged to be employed after surviving a hell-on-earth-like educational system.
I won’t blame the cabal, I won’t blame the system and definitely, I won’t blame God for this. I’m no more optimistic about the future of Nigeria because I’ve scrupulously reminisced on what’s contained therein, how it is run and where those who are leading are leading us to.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see anything working out for good here. Argue with me on this but I won’t change my perception. If you really wanna change my mind, then, come up with a possible panacea to this tumult. But remember, a lot has been said in the past, solutions has been formulated by experts in CONFABs and other national programs but all to no avail. I’ll be happy to listen to what you wanna suggest that has never being suggested before.
I won’t be surprised if anyone result to suggesting we should pray for Nigeria. That’s the only thing we’re good at, Praying some clueless prayer points for Nigeria. God won’t lissen to us. He’s blessed us enough to cater for our own needs. It’s now left to us whether to stand akimbo or figure out the needful and do it with immediate alacrity.

Nigeria 🇳🇬 my motherland, you’re all but skewed. Literally doomed with no remedy! Shiooor!! Tueh!!!
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“When an individual is no longer a true participant, when he no longer feels a sense of responsibility to his society, the content of democracy is emptied. When culture is degraded and vulgarity enthroned, when the social system does not build security but induces peril, inexorably the individual is impelled to pull away from a soulless society. This process produces alienation-perhaps the most pervasive and insidious development in contemporary society.” Martin Luther Kink Jr.
I rest my case….

• Ajayi Ifeoluwa

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