Nov 20, 2014 – The Era Of Political Zombies: A Revolution Call For Nigerian Youths By Adewale Onagbesan
With a lot of controversies surfacing in the political scene of many nations, especially our great hometown termed ‘the giant of Africa’ depicts a lot, but most importantly, the need for total, massive and positive youth participation in all political scenario come 2015 election.
The youth are vital and inevitable stakeholders in the political activities of Nigeria. Our roles as stakeholders transcend the workings of the social media. It incorporates physical and strong political involvement, engagement and mass participation. A political stakeholder does not voice his/her opinion on social media alone.
According to a political journalist, there is a great necessity for drastic change of the political attitudes of the youth come 2015 election. It is however a pity that most youth cultivate a culture of low expectations, and political apathy. The youths must always remember that all politics are local, although in Nigeria it’s murky; however, there are many opportunities for us to get involved.
The implication of our political indifference is simply maladministration by the zombies in politics. This is so obvious in many students’ unionism and administration most especially that of the erstwhile national association of Nigerian Students’ (NANS) president, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo, who feels President
Goodluck Jonathan is worthy to be the Grand Commander of Nigerian Students (GCNS).
However, Yinka Gbadebo had forgotten that the visionless President Jonathan was the man, whose tenure had showcase many anti-democratic issues, ranging from Nigerian students’ strikes in Universities, Polytechnics as well as colleges of education to insecurity resulting to the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to Dr. Christopher Kolade, the youth are the most active in any activities of Nigeria, but it’s a pity that the youth do not seem to get their position bearings on various platforms of issues in the country. However, a political zombie is believed to be politically lifeless- one that seems to be alive, but not involved in any aspect of politics; as well as someone who is capable of influencing the political scenes, but can’t.
A great implication of the political indifference of youths in the University of First of choice and nation’s pride, University of Lagos is the administration of many faculties within the institution.
Starting with the faculty of Business administration, Science, and most concerned about is the Faculty of education under the control of Com. Rasaq Olamilekan, and Rt. Hon. Adebowale Titus who are great example of vision less Students’ leaders and individuals who are bereft of the fundamentals of politics. The
administration which had been tagged ‘a period with no head, no tail’ had forced a Congress for Nov
11, 2014 2:00pm at the education hall.
According to Aristokrat, a political historian and public analyst, most youths are in the institution of political zombie save a few; most youths are not political contributors; most youths are political liabilities and not political assets; most youths are political spectators and not key players; most youths are great destroyer of political value; most youths are political pace keepers and not political pace setters; and the youths feel less concerned to fight for justice, liberty, freedom and happiness just because; we don’t want to get questioned or crucified.
We must understand the fact that our meagre contributions towards our societal political murkiness will go a great extent correcting the cruds.
Are you politically responsible? If not, it’s a great time when you
can make the drastic changes (Lamentations 3:27). Get involved, and participate greatly.
[Article authored by By Adewale Onagbesan]