Nigerian Youth: When will your tomorrow come? – Viola Okolie

Nigerian Youth: When will your tomorrow come? – Viola Okolie


But wait first, before we venture into the topics of self-preservation and at what point in time all the double standards today’s society exposes us to are going to turn around and suffocate the owners, I want to ask one small question please.


The kingdom of God, suffereth it not violence any longer? Or is it no longer the violent that shall taketh it by force?


Or something like that?


Because if you ask me o, this our proposed new Comptroller General of Customs just stood up and took his own kingdom of God via violently peaceful means.


In case you missed it. One Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Nura Dahiru, woke up one morning and decided that enough was enough. He has probably been told that he is the future of his generation. He has probably been hearing that since long time Imo river. Yet, the way between him and the number one position was still very far.


In spite of all his labor and hard work, he had probably seen paddy paddies getting promoted. Meanwhile, those who opted for the “shuffering and shmiling” bouquet were stuck in one post forever. I mean, check it. Where did the present Comptroller General of Customs come from?



Nigerian Youth: When will your tomorrow come? - Viola Okolie



Was it not the same way this our new Comptroller General of Customs came?


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Matter of fact, the new one is even more justified. He rose through the ranks. The out-going Comptroller General (H. A) was sitting in his compound collecting shade under the mango tree. President Buhari just came out of the blues and dashed him CG of Customs. Over and above people who had been sweating it up the rank and file of Customs internal hierarchy.


Nurturing their “career”, all the while aiming for the top. But not knowing that the President had other plans.


Check it!


So, if the message that was passed across to people who had believed in the system and were consistently building a career, is that all that is a pile of crap and what works is “man know man”. Then who am I not to stand with Nura Dahiru?


At least until he receives psychiatric evaluation, I stand with him.


Nigeria’s complexities are even enough to ensure that out of the alleged 170m of us, less than 1% can boast of having all their wits about them 100% of the time. So, let us stand with our fellow victim of Naija craziness.


That said, I think that one major problem we have as a country, is this double standards thing. In fact, it permeates every strata of society.


The President declares that Nigerian youth are lazy. Yet tells us there are no jobs for us and advises us to go and farm. He then turns a blind eye while the umbrella association of which he is grand patron – the MACBAN – unleashes their cows to eat up the crops we have sweated to farm.


While we are lamenting that, he closes his eye while people in power fill choice administrative and career positions in ministries and parastatals with their kith, kin and cronies. I am honestly still awaiting an explanation as to how we arrived at the Nigerian Ambassador to the US. Is that the best we could offer on the international space?


Then fiam, out of the blues we have a new CG – Customs.


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It is not funny o. I stand with Nura. Until someone can explain to me once again (and using small words), how Hameed Ali is better qualified than him.


All is in the spirit of fighting corruption. Then people that advise other people to “carpe diem”; are also blaming Nura for seizing his own day? I hope hypocrisy and double standards doesn’t finally finish us off in this country.


As far as I am concerned, if we the “future of tomorrow” have already entered our twilight years. If we can see that we are slowly entering our yesterday. Furthermore, even our children have no tomorrow because yesterday’s yesterday are still desperately clinging to and perpetuating themselves in power. Then what other option is there?


Carpe diem.


I said this when that brilliant young man asked Wole Soyinka to stand up from his seat. The man had simply asked the Prof. to look for his own seat and sit there. I said it then that we need to begin to take what is ours. Reason? The ones who have occupied power for ever are not in any hurry to open their hands. Indeed, they are not ready to let go any time soon.


Let us see how many of us they will send for mental evaluation.


This is what you get when you have a country ruled by misfits. A state of anarchy. If you can’t smell it, you need to get your head out of the pig sty trough and take a deep breath.


After all, let us not pretend Wole Soyinka did not hijack a radio station in his hey-day.  He temporarily collected back what belonged to him from the oppressors.


Nigerian youth, don’t allow these dream killers stop you from achieving your fullest potential. I remember the APC threatening a parallel government if they were not allowed to rig themselves into government in 2015. Why are they now acting like they are afraid of parallel governments?


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Vacate or we occupy!


Because our tomorrow is fast fading into yesterday, we do not want to stand in the way of today’s tomorrow.


Finally, I stand with my new Comptroller General of Customs – CG Nura Dahiru.





Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.
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