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When is tomorrow ever going to come?

20 August 2012, 11:02

The slogan ‘We are the leaders of tomorrow’ now sounds more like a cliché and not something to instil some form of consciousness cum discipline into one anymore. A statement that should naturally drive home core sense now sounds more like sarcasm.

If you have ever painstakingly taken your time to read through the history of our dear country from independence, you will agree with me that little or nothing has changed as regards the people who have been ruling us. It has always been a case of tossing the baton of leadership around a particular cycle, leaving us with the consolation in the slogan ‘we are the leaders of tomorrow’.

As much as we might see it as being unfair, we as followers have got our own share of the blame as we do not bother making enquiries into the lifestyle of the people who campaign for our votes. Little wonder they always say ‘If you want to hide something from a Nigerian, just put it in a book’. Also, most often than not once they are contesting under a particular political party, we feel all is automatically well.

If you are still wondering why this has come to be, then let me take you down memory lane and you can now decide afterwards if you will agree with my first paragraph or not.

Bello Halliru was commissioner in the old Sokoto State {Now Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara} and 33 years after, he is today the minister of defence. Major General David Mark {rtd} was the Military Governor of Niger State in 1984 and 28 years after, he is today the Senate president. Governor Murtala Nyako was the governor of Niger State in 1976 and 36 years after, he is today the Governor of Adamawa State. Ogbonnaya Onu was the governor of Abia State in 1992 and 20 years after, he is today the National Chairman of ANPP. Governor David Jonah Jang was the governor of Benue State in 1985 and 27 years after, he is today the governor of Plateau State. It may also shock you to know Martins Elechi the Ebonyi State governor is over 80years old....sighs.... Only in Nigeria are all these possible.

Gen Muhammadu Buhari was head of State in 1983-84 while IBB was the president of Nigeria from 1984-1993, but today IBB and Buhari are still contesting for Presidency....Is tomorrow yet to come? Does this mean the youths of today have no hope for the future? Where then do we go from here?

No football teams again, no athletes, no living National heroes {just a bunch of National looters} no good schools, no proper hospitals, no good roads, no emergency response facilities and above all, no justice. These are all signs of a failed State if you ask me.

People have lost faith in the system and if we critically look at this slogan we were consistently told as we grew up, you will join me in drawing the conclusion that its either our elders lied to us way back or tomorrow has not yet come. Will stretch it further by saying the trend on ground clearly shows that that tomorrow will never come!

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