Thursday, 15 October 2015

#MustRead: A Generation Of Confused Youths

by: Joe Onwukeme

What I find disheartening is the seeming inexorable rise in demonstrations and protests among the youths in solidarity with politicians supposedly painted with the tar of corruption.

It is becoming very difficult to fathom the bone of contention of some species of humanity in youth forms, whose stock-in-trade is to barricade the streets and institutions to wail in support of our permissive and profligate politicians, regardless of what the person is being accused of. Could such acts of unflattering servility be passed as foolhardiness or unquantifiable stupidity?

The one that defies not just logic but also philosophy was the inexcusable manner a generation afflicted by the worst side of corruption the other day, barricaded the National Assembly complex and queued desperately like pipeline vandals in support of the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is facing trial in a 13-count charge. After watching the show of shame, I wept for those faceless and incapacitated youths of my generation who could best be described as “slaves in love with their chains.” They have without any modicum of shame allowed themselves to be used as an object of public ridicule by desperate politicians who are on their way to public odium.

To those incongruous and venial youths, who have not only sold their conscience but have constituted themselves to crass supporters of impunity – nothing is wrong in such social opprobrium, as long as something will come out of it, no matter how meagre it is.

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