The past seven years of our national political history has witnessed a giant stride of agitation from different position and perspection that cut across every sector of the governmental structure. People are unprecedentedly more concerned about how they are governed and ruled. Serious questions are been raised daily to appraise the accountability of both public and political office holders. There is currently a passionate clamour for establishment of democracy in it best form. What necessitated such strident agitation can not be far-fetched, as it is an evidence that stand boldly to confront everyone. There has been truly a wide gap between what the democracy we adopted as the modality for government is and what we are experiencing as the reality of it. Democracy in it most refined form should be a government that is people-centred; an institution solely established by the people to vest their sovereignty on certain people for efficient and effective management of their resources for the common good of everyone. Sardonically, those expectations are mere speculation and contradictory to what we are experiencing. The masses are suffering and are grossly subverted to merely an instrument for democracy without having to have a penchant of it dividend. There is a huge gulf between the ‘have’ and ‘have not’. The meagre, who are privilege by providence or proxy to emerge has public servants are so using the office and power accrued to them to oppress the helpless masses. For many years, these had been the natural trend and the people are rather passive or to say the least, completely silence about the status quo. But recently, there is a paradigm shift, as agitation has intensified from almost every angle to demand accountability from all public office holders and hold the culprits responsible for any trace of corruption and misappropriation of public funds according to the tenet of the law. Contemporarily, the earnest outcry of all well-meaning Nigerians is central at creating an egalitarian society; an atmosphere with equal opportunity for everyone, crossing the barrier of language, ethnic and religious bigotry. It is highly unthinkable that a nation as blessed and endowed with abundant resources as ours is still impoverish and afflicted with abject poverty. The commonwealth of the nation is hoard and shared parochially within a limited circle. According to Chukwemerije Dike in his epic poem titled “The Revolution Has No Tribe”, he pointed out the compulsory demand for all patriotic Nigerians to answer the call when the drum sound to set the nation on the progressive pedestal. As a youth oriented and progressive movement, First Massive Literati (FML), is on the mission to bring together youth of diverse backgrounds and tongues, to unite and equip them to take patriotic responsibility at every level and tie of government. Last year (2017), First Massive Literati (FML) conveyed an Economic Summit, with youths from about 27 states of the federation in attendance, including the Federal Capital Territory. The event was also graced with some of those youths that are today vying for the highest political office in the land. It was indeed a huge punch to set the youths in the right direction. The sole aim of this movement is to initiate a patriotic and progressive mindset that will transcend the nation to an economically stable harbour. “Role up Your Sleeve” is another national program that will be hosted in the Oyo State capital city of Ibadan, which will welcome like minds and greatest thinkers in the nation across the youth spectra to proffer and device a panacea to the national ailment. This is a platform that will present adequate opportunity to equip youths to consciously accept responsibility for leadership and to prove competence beyond skepticism in both private and public sector. Albeit, to achieve this landmark feat, there are some pertinent underlying battle to be won and many critical issues to be tackled from within the youth circle. The most threatening truth surging at the youth camp is undeniably lack of unity. The push that is dividing the youths is stronger than the pull that’s unifying them. And in as much, as our differences will not prevent us from perishing together, there is a need to seek and reach an harmonious consensus. When you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing that science has discovered why they fly that way. Research has revealed that as each bird flaps it’s wing, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flocks adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew in its own. This fact about the geese should serve as epitome to underpin youth for peradventure victory. There is enormous strength in unity, because together we can achieve more. None of the young presidential aspirants will go far if they don’t form a strong alliance. Although FML will gather her population strength to drum support for the most competent candidate. But if we must stand firm and compete with hope and proximity to victory, the likes of Sowore, Fela Durotoye, Ahmed Buhari, Tsado Mathias among others should form an alliance to generate votes that will lead to victory for the youths.
Article by James Useghan