A Generation Of Confused Youths

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When will the goat be strong enough to kill a leopard? Would remain
not just a proverb but a rhetorical question because a generation of
confused youths have allowed themselves to be mere pawns on the
political chess board in our society.

What I find disheartening is the seeming inexorable rise in
demonstrations and protests among the youths, in solidarity to those
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 fool hardiness 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, last week Tuesday, barricaded the National Assembly
complex and queued desperately like pipeline vandals in support of the
embattled senate president, Bukola Saraki, who is facing trial over 13
count charges, including false and improper declaration of assets to CCB
when he was governor of Kwara State— 2003-2011.
After watching the show of shame, I weeped 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 venile youths, who have not only sold their
conscience but have constituted themselves as 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.
Stupidity is when we blame our past leaders for dumping us in this hell
hole we found ourselves but when such persons are called to come
answer corruption charges against them, we make an abrute and
complete reversal of attitude, opinion or position in support of the
accused persons.
It is an unmitigated irony that our political class who widened the
inequality gap in the country to a large degree and those who are yet to
find us a place in our national polity are the ones we have allowed to
always toss us around like the devil’s mail bag.
To those youths that obstreperously trooped out in support of the
embattled Saraki, given their demeanor, it is justifiably stupefied that
mentality of wretchedness was at play.
With such mentality of wretchedness, will the goat (which has been
existing in the same world with the leopard) ever be strong enough to kill
the leopard?

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