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Mr President: Yes We Are Not Educated and Lazy – I wonder whose fault that is, By Ismaila Yahaya Ismaila Kana 

Of course Nigerians are ill educated Mr President and I wonder whose fault that is. Nigeria is also a mono-commodity economy and Nigerians have become largely lazy as a result of the free proceeds of the so called black gold. Again, I wonder whose fault that is.

While we may not readily blame you for single handedly laying the ground works for what Nigeria has turned out to be, there’s no removing you from fault. You and your generation, all of whom Nigeria educated with love decided that the benefit you enjoyed because of the selfless efforts of some heroes past should be an exclusive of your children. You all designed a succession plan that has your children firmly situated on top of the food chain.

This means the multitude of Nigerians must be firmly kept on their knees while your blueblood breed are sent to posh schools in Nigeria built with our stolen patrimony or why not, send them abroad to return with a peacock grin and that born to rule attitude that that stinks from a hundred kilometers away. Even in marriage, your children are contracted within a tight privileged circle so that the benefits are not wasted on the likes of me who watched mama toil to give me the education that is well, not education in your books. But you are right, we all are just about educated and are lazy; I mean, but for our laziness, how in the devil’s name did we elect a president whose generation is almost forgotten to preside over the affairs of a country dominated by youths?

Let’s flashback to budgeting for education. Since you were in office as a military head of state and your transmutation into a democratic ruler, what did education get as funding, What 8.5%? To build schools, procure learning materials, fund researches? Surely you too must see that this is paltry? You must also know that it is peanut funding like this and the grizzly fingers of your compatriot of the old realm that have left these Nigerian youth uneducated, lazy and dependent on largesse…

Well, for every situation, I find a window of opportunity and I want to tell you Mr. President that you are right on all fronts, we the youth are everything you said we are and you and your friends at the elite club have contributed in no small measure to make us who we are but you can change all that. Correct all the mistakes of the past generals and their cronies, educate the Nigerian Youth, diversify the economy so that we may shift our gaze from oil.

Evidence abound to show that the typical Nigerian youth can succeed in virtually every field of human endeavor if only he is connected with the capacity to do so, and the conducive environment to thrive. But if you are in doubt, create and ecosystem that will accommodate the high spirits of Nigerians from Zaria to Enugu, Agenebode to Ibadan and if they fail, we will let you go to your grave with this damaging assertion about the Nigerian youth. But until then, nobody, least of all you and your friends from the old world have the moral standi to pass this damaging verdict on us.

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