Japheth Omojuwa: We all want to blow! (YNaija Frontpage)

 Nigeria must look at herself and ask if it has bred men who would rather blow through a just path or those who would through the path of evil.

Whatever went through your mind when you saw the title of this piece is your business. My business is to make the body of this piece justify the fact that whichever way you look at it, we all want to blow. Between 1999 and 2009, Nigeria produced about 10.5 million young people who were willing and able to go to University but got turned back because the infrastructure available could only take about 300,000 students per year.

Going by that average and the fact that the numbers have been rising at an increasing rate (marginal increase) over the years, it is fair to conclude that number is at least 13 million today!

Add these numbers to those who got admitted into University but ended up without gainful employment for years. Take Yobe State where 6 out of every 10 people are unemployed. In a poll by the International Rublican Institute (IRI) released just weeks ago, 1 in every 5 people questioned identified unemployment ahead of corruption and other national challenges as the most important problem facing Nigeria. Add the pool of the disgruntled, the rejected, the unemployed and what you have is a pool of people all over Nigeria available to have their idle hands engaged in something.

We all want to blow like we like to say in Nigeria. What makes you think the dude up north who did not have the advantage of university education wants the society to run well? What makes you think the area boy in Lagos who believes the society is responsible for his personal failure would care if we all go up in flames? Why would they not listen to anyone able to convince them that “to blow” they must work against the regular workings of the society. These are causes of certain effects. We are obsessed about their effects but we have neglected the causes. You are probably familiar with some of the effects. Are you aware of terrorism in the north of Nigeria? Have you been privy to the kidnappers’ activities and militancy in the South of Nigeria? Do you know that you could get robbed at any time on any road in Lagos? Are you aware all of these are increasingly on the increase?

We all want to blow. We all want to succeed in life. Some of us will do so succeeding at things that make the society progress. Some folks will succeed at making the society pay for its own failures. The failure to cater for the common good instead of that of a few in government able to make public wealth rest in their private accounts lazing about and earning billions.

We can continue to excuse the spending of some N3 billion/ day on security but the effects of unemployment and the non development of our national human capacity will not elude us. If action equals reaction, the fact that more of the same problems described above are still the reality means that Boko Haram is only the beginning of a mortal reality that may take a generation and more to deal with. I pray not but we need more than prayers.

Nigeria must look at herself and ask if it has bred men who would rather blow through a just path or those who would through the path of evil. Boko Haram members are terrorists who are not in power, while there are terrorists in power who are guilty of economic, political and social terrorism producing more terrorists outside power. It is a cycle of disaster, a cycle that if allowed to continue would consume Nigeria before the bigots of division have their way.

Who does not want to blow? Who does not want to succeed? Like politicians who chose to blow by looting our common wealth, terrorists and militants chose the path available to them. Am I justifying terrorism and other crimes? Need I even answer that? For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every criminal outside government, there is a criminal in government whose activities are breeding more criminals.

This is @omojuwa


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Comments (5)

  1. @Divine Edim: You are entitled to your opinion, besides, I can't see any correlation whatsoever.

    @Omojuwa: This just another insightful one. Keep the Flag flying….

  2. @Payme's 2cent: what's the personal attack in making a valid observation. If there's anyone to complain about a personal attack, the last is @omojuwa. This is a clown who spends all of his time on Twitter insulting everybody in government or who disagrees with him. This is a sad human being, Omojuw. @toluogunlesi among others have said that he is mentally ill. Seeing his picture here for the first time makes me want to puke. The apples don't fall to far from the tree – apples being his handy work and the tree him. This dude looks like someone who grew up in a motor park, who didn't have any loving parental upbringing. No wonder he tweets about regular stuff like attending a workshop like he's made heaven. Omojuwa looks like one agbero that stands at Ojota busstop.

  3. @Candy, so after reading the article, that is all you can come up with? A personal attack? That's quite low! Learn to contribute positively to things..if you don't agree with his points, positive criticism & stating your opinions won't make you seem so petty!

    @Omojuwa, as long as Nigeria continues to play with the future of the people, the problems will not cease to exist. Nice article.

  4. I celebrate your candour. My interest is mainly on the closing sentence…For every criminal outside government, there is a criminal in government whose activities are breeding more criminals…

    In as much as you raised salient points that gives a lot of credence to the above, I urge you to realize that there are still honest people in governance. We could all try to celebrate this people more and who knows the light of positivity may just shine on the critical mass of the Nigerian youth.

    All the same I admire your stance. Twitter: @blcompere

  5. Jesus! Is this how local Omojuwa looks? He looks like a bush champion. My God! No wonder he operates like an agbero on Twitter. This twitter dey cover person sha!

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