Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

What Does Nigeria Offer its Young People? A Review by Nenadi Esther Usman

In 1960, Nigerians decided that they would be in control of their own lives, gaining independence. Yet, since then, the younger generation has been neglected, with the ruling classes enriching themselves. For Nenadi Esther Usman, this is something that must change if Nigeria is ever to reach the potential it can. As a political leader with a focus on financial affairs, but with a background in teaching, Senator Usman understands how important it is to give young people a voice.

For too long, Nigeria has been ruled by corruption. Indeed, for around 60 years, those at the top have been not those who had the country’s best interest at heart, but rather those who had their own, and their family’s, interest at heart. What Nenadi Esther Usman wants to do is take the good of Yakubu Gowon, who ruled between 1969 and 1973, and who aimed to unify Nigeria regardless of their religious, ethnic, or financial background. She also wants to take the good of all the other political leaders the country has had, including Mohammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babngida, Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, Ahmadu Bello, Namdi Azikiwe, and Obafemi Awolowo. But she wants to leave the bad behind.

Nenadi Esther Usman

Offering Nigeria’s Youth What They Are Looking For

Usman believes it is untrue that Nigerians were doomed to fail. That only those who were ruthless would ever be able to free the country from the oppressive white colonialists, and that it was this very ruthlessness that would allow them to walk all over its own people. She believes that they were mistakes, necessary mistakes perhaps, but nothing that defines the country.

Every Nigerian knows that being Nigerian means being smart. And this is what young people are focusing on. They have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They want to know the history of their country, but they want to know this so they can change its future. They want to hold the reins, finally, and steer the country in the direction it should go. This is why Usman wants to put such a strong focus on solving the issue of youth unemployment in her country. She wants to make sure every young Nigerian can obtain an education, and can find work in which they utilize their skills.

She also wants to make sure that young people take ownership of this themselves. She wants them to not just have a voice, but for their voice to be heard. She wants those at the top to listen when young people say that they want and deserve more. Once elected, Usman will look at a resolving the many barriers that exist in Nigeria, including the high cost of further education. At the same time, she wants to break through the faults of governments from the past, beating corruption once and for all.

Usman sees inspiration in people like Nelson Mandela, Madiba, the Father of Africa. He loved his country and his people so much that he never swayed from his convictions. And, as soon as they could, his people made him their president. He was no military leader that forced people to follow him, people chose to do so. There is hope for Nigeria, but only if its young people are engaged.

Author: James Daniel

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