NIS recruitment– A wake up call for all Nigerian Youth – Olukoya Obafemi

Published:18 Mar, 2014

Nigerian Immigration Service applicants | photo credit: Vanguard
Nigerian Immigration Service applicants | photo credit: Vanguard
Nigerian Immigration Service applicants | photo credit: Vanguard

…..One minute silence for the young Nigerians that lost their lives attempting to write the Nigeria immigration Service (NIS) recruitment test

May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace (Amen)

Vision is an attitude of the youth and dreaming is an attitude of the oldMelvin Tolson (1900 – 1966)

….and your young men shall have vision and the old men shall dream dreams—Joel 2 vs 28

When the above is being juxtaposed, the youths become visionless and instead they dream. The elders lack dreams instead they have visions their strength cannot sustain. Vision is the drive that wheels you to your dreams. The drive is regimented to the youthful age because of the youthful potency. Our Nigerian youths lack vision instead they dream to be their dreams without the vision of how to get there. Vision is the pathway, the hallway lined with ups and downs, which leads to the dream. This is why the Nigerian government has consistently taken advantage of these inabilities, to take the Nigerian youth for a canter each time. Cases of Armed robbery, internet frauds, local theft, rape, to mention a few are promoted because Nigerian youth is idle and jobless, dreaming his dreams without the vision of the due process which is supposed to be assisted by the government; thou not at all times.

Vehement decline has been witnessed in the abilities of the Nigerian youth ever since the advent of democracy in 1979. Prior to that, the Nigerian youth in their youthful strength and vision have ran the affairs of this country, Mention it! Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was only 27 when he planned the first military coup, with the likes of Obasanjo, Danjuma, Ifeajuna and the host of them being below 30. Gen Yakubu Gowon was only 33 when he became president and even the likes of Obafemi Awolowo were also in their 30’s. Gen Murtala Muhammed was also in his 30’s so also was his vice, Olusegun Obasanjo. These were youth who took life by its horn and took their destinies into their hands. Not the in the hands of the government. The decline started during the first taste of democracy in 1979.

There are about 65 million youths in Nigeria today. This population can effect a change if they so desire. But we do not realise the power within our capacity and that’s why the government has been tossing the youth back and forth. The government’s definition of youth of course differs; a 78 years old man will be introduced as the Nigerian youth leader. Terrible absurdity. Over 78% of the 65million Nigerian youth are presently jobless, as against the 1.6 million jobs the minister of interior and the minister of economy said they created, for their lineage I suppose. The recent NIS recruitment further exposed them and their incompetencies

Insufficient jobs to balance the growing population of Nigeria has been a lingering problem for years now, no one said it’s the fault of this present administration, but what effort has this administration made to counterbalance this? That is the question. Nigerian population grows by almost 10% every year. Instead, this administration has been extremely amorphous, so much baroque and rococo approach to falsify the truth. In terms of Job creation, this administration has been functionally non-functional. Synonymy and perennial penury of the youth is daily promoted by this administration. Job creation has never been part of the agenda of this administration. This is a fact that is obvious to all Nigerian youth, yet the average Nigerian youth prefers to sell his/her future for an immediate meal. This fact is always palpable during election, youths engage in political thuggery and more, just because they are given immediate food. 50% of the crowd that came out for the NIS exams will still vote for Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 just because their religious leader says they should do so. Religion as Karl Marx once said, “Is the soul of the soulless and the opium of the people”. I refuse to be soulless! The pride of being a youth is everyday prejudiced by these facts. 40% of them will still vote this administration when meal is dangled in front of them.10% will not come out to exercise their constitutional right of voting and determining their fortune for the next four-eight years.

John F Kennedy once said, don’t always ask what the government can do for you, but let’s ask what we can do for the government. Let’s underline the phrase “what can we do for the government?” Not necessarily the literary context of it, but what can you do to discontinue the perpetual oppressions or its antonyms you are witnessing under the government? Is it to rush to the stadium each time to write different recruitment tests? Is it to continue voting for the preferred candidate of your religious leader? Is it to start thinking like Mark Zuckerberg who is a youth and rather an employer of labour? Is it to sit and fold our arms while events keep unfolding deterring our present to future?

In 2011, election was left in the hands of the Nigerian youth; the youth corps members. What did you do with the opportunity? The youth conducted yet another election for joblessness. 2015 is approaching, our destinies yet lies in our hands. Let’s choose to apply astuteness this time. Let’s stop the tranquilizing drug of gradualism, but let’s awaken our consciousness to the fierce urgency of NOW!

Olukoya Obafemi. Twitter:@arcfemi

The views expressed above are solely that of the writer and not of Omojuwa.com or its associates.

  • http://softexistence.com TUNDE, Juwon Samuel

    In fact, You just took the words out of my mouth…. Though more composed than what I would have written.
    Respect!!! Keep it up bro…

  • smalls

    Well said some people may say but you have not been fair to this administration in the area of job creation.find out what IPPIS means and what wonders it has done in the civil service.
    the average Nigerian citizen is as corrupt as the government of the day.let us talk to the man in the mirror.

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