Nigerian Area Fada and media/entertainment enthusiast, Charles Oputa, AKA Charly Boy, has called on Nigerian youths to wake up to their responsibilities, speak with one voice and hold leaders accountable in order to secure their dreams.
This was his Independence gift to the youths as the country marked 56th anniversary of British colonial freedom on 1st October.
The Area Fada, as he likes to be called, expressed regrets that Nigeria is still economically and politically dependent, with little or no opportunities for its youths after 56 years of self-rule.
“The youths, who are supposed to ask their leaders questions are the ones carrying brief cases for them. Some of them are still sagging their trousers without being moved by the bleak future that successive leaders have created for them. Why can’t they stand up and take their future in their hands by holding their leaders accountable?” – Area Fada.
According to Charles Oputa, Nigeria has been left behind by other nations that gained independence same time with her, and the younger generation, who can save the nation, do nothing but look in silence.
He said that the country found itself at this cross-road not because of lack of human and natural resources, but because of too many corrupt and self-serving leaders over the years.
“We started with countries like Brazil, Singapore and others; today they are among strong and self-sustaining nations. Nigeria as a nation still imports almost everything, including staple goods. Is it not pathetic to see a 56-year-old adult who cannot take care of him or herself?” he asked.
Charly Boy stated that leaders at all levels in the country are insensitive to the collective interests of the people because the youths of the present generation are passive.
“The youths of the 70s used to stand up and agitate against policies and programmes of government that are not people-oriented thereby holding the leaders accountable. Today, our youths have decided to suffer and smile, while others have chosen to be political tugs, and bodyguards to the same people who have traded off their future,” he said.
However, Charly Boy emphasised that Nigerian youths should remain united and patriotic irrespective of tribal and religious crisis.
“The youths must refuse to be divided as a people with common struggle and destiny so that they can win together. The Nigerian youths have been manipulated too long along tribal and religious sentiments by their leaders. It is time they stood up and save their future together,” he said.