The only catalyst to making our world a better place lies in the collective efforts of every individual at all levels.
“Thus shall we live, because we will have created a society which recognizes that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance.”
Nelson Mandela (Former President of South Africa)
To every living being who are good observant of the happenings in our world, there is no doubt that over the years, our world have been faced with various challenges from poverty, war, inequality, hopelessness, peril, increase in mortality rate (probably due to hunger), restlessness, insecurity, terrorist attacks, among others. So many Nations have tried diverse means to overcome many of these challenges but have proved abortive.
The world that was created peacefully for us all, where every human should sleep without fear, where every human should pass through each day with something good to eat, where every human should be his own brother’s keeper, where every human is entitled to equal rights and opportunities, where every human irrespective of their age, gender should have a dream of their own and so on. However, it is so unfortunate that those rights have been denied to a large number of the world’s population. From African to Europe, Asia, North & South America, Oceania and Antarctica, each of these continents have been faced with different challenges of their own. The ones who aren’t faced with the problem of good infrastructure have the constant problem of terrorist attacks, war, racial abuse etc. The ones without some of these problems are either faced with the problems of what to eat, poor drinking water, assess to good roads and other social amenities, or are either faced with various forms of injustice melted out on its citizens.
The reasons for all the above mentioned could be termed under the following headings: Injustice, Nation building that fails to focus on (corruption, economic development, production, power, diversification into agriculture, education, standardization of internal democracy, employment, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation), racism and the Underdevelopment of the youths.
Firstly, I would like to start with “justice” because this is the first and most important thing that is lacking in the world today, the reason our world hasn’t been the best it is supposed to be. What is justice and how does it apply to making our world a better place to live in?
According to the advance learner’s dictionary, justice is the state or characteristics of being just or fair. I personally see justice as a situation in which everyone is granted their rights accordingly even when a part of them are powerless to demand for it, even though it shouldn’t be something to be demanded for. Due to continuous injustice and systemic hypocrisy in international politics and relations, global peace has now been severely affected, thus bringing so many countries to the brink of perpetual calamities. For example, the lack of justice have brought about several intra and inter-tribal/ religion conflicts in parts of Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and many parts of Africa and the world in general. How do we truly define justice when it is only the powerless that are suffering from injustice while the powerful ones are being freed of the same offence or even a greater one? How do we truly define justice when the little things entitled to the children of the poor are still diverted to the children of the rich who have enough in their possessions already? How do we truly define justice when a large majority of the people especially in many countries of Africa live below one dollar per day while minority are even wasting resources in their disposals? How do we define justice when the innocent ones are being punished for offences committed by the guilty ones just because of political or monetary influence? These and many questions are still begging for answers and they only bring nothing to a country but restlessness because in the long run, the latter tends to stand up to his rights forcefully. In some parts of Africa as a case study, a poor man who couldn’t provide for himself and family could be punished severely for stealing the little things he thinks will be okay for him to eat while the authorities in power squander billions of dollars that is meant for that poor man being punished and several citizens that couldn’t fend for themselves.
Often time, the issue of injustice often results in conflict among individuals of a particular country. Political injustice could result from some citizens being denied their rights to vote for candidates of their choice. Economic injustice could result when a large number of the populace are being denied access to good food, water, shelter, education, among others. Abbas Agbaje, a commonwealth scholar observed, “Justice may be expensive, slow, and uncertain to get, especially if you do not possess power, wealth or good social status. Money and relationships can now buy justice in certain corridors of the world. Justice should ordinarily be everyone‟s right, but right is sometimes by might, military or monetary”. He stated further: “The world is in disarray because of nepotistic justice and hypocritical duplicity that currently characterize the administration of justice in many parts of the world”.
If we take a critical look at the current situation of all that is happening in Syria, the Middle East, Europe, some African countries and many countries of the world, we would see that the major cause of some of the happenings is INJUSTICE. It is either one country tries to usurp the right of another country unjustly with regards to the natural resources such as oil, gold, bitumen etc. that is found on the land of the latter or the citizens of a particular country are trying to fight against injustice melted on them by the so-called government in power and the result is always brutal. For example, a report by Al Jazeera on the Arab spring in Syria of March 2011 has it that “15 boys were detained and tortured for writing graffiti in support of the Arab spring. One of the boys, a 13-year-old, was killed after having been brutally tortured”. Another report by the same network cable stated that in 1982, “Bashar‟s father ordered a military crackdown on the Muslim brotherhood in Hama, killing tens of thousands of people and flattening much of the city”.
As I would not like to go deep into the history of the recent happenings in Syria or any other country, we would see clearly that many of those things that happened could have been prevented if justice prevailed over our selfish interest. Owing to the absence of justice, wars that started as late in the 1980’s still continues and more lives and properties are still being destroyed. Countries faced with such turmoil in the past haven’t got the strength to live above it and more is still on the increase till today. This is in conformation with the saying of Aristotle which goes thus: “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst”. This simply tells us that with truth and justice, we can still bring our world back to that order we have always desired of it. People can be still be made to live in their own world devoid of evil acts.
It is even so disheartening that despite the numbers of religions and their followers we have in the world, we still could not follow what these religions preached on justice in bringing peace to our world. Instead of that, every part of the world where these religions are being concentrated is facing one problem or the other. Taking a glossary look at what some of these religions preaches on justice; Allah says in the Holy Qur’an; “O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do”. (Quran 4 verse 136).
The Bible says in Zechariah 7 verse 9-10 thus: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: „Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother”. “Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother”.
“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? (Buddha)
“It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen that is the common right of humanity” Seneca the Elder (54BCE-39CE) JUDAISM
“Reciprocity with God makes the world go round. Without it, your life becomes an offense to the universe. Apart from a proper system of justice and reciprocity, everything else is bondage” (H.D. Goswami) HARE KRISHNA
“By refusing to stand up for the rights of someone else, you are declaring that you don‟t wish them to stand up for yours” (The Sagacious Atheist)
From the foregoing, it is clear that even every religion irrespective of the origin, values justice as a means of creating orderliness in the world. In the light of this, it is imperative that we all follow the path of justice and shy away from injustice. As Martin Luther King Jr. observed, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, it is high time we learnt to administer justice on everyone irrespective of their political status, ethnicity, religion backgrounds, gender or the color of their skin. The legal system of every country should be made to know that everyone deserves justice accordingly and only through that can our world be the better for it. The quicker we realize the importance of justice, the better for our world.
Secondly, another major problem that seems to engulf the world emanates from corruption. Most problems of many countries among which are improper economic development, poor education, increase in poverty rate, lack of infrastructural development, high rate of unemployment among others could be easily traced to corruption. Looking back from where I started from, one of the major causes of injustice could be linked back to corruption as well. We now have voluminous books on constitution and more advanced legislative systems but with corrupt judges at the helm of affairs administering justice. Reports across parts of Africa and many countries of the world in the past years is so disheartening where judges are being accused of having collected money in form of bribes from offenders and the ones who are charged with the least offences are being punished severely just because they have little or no money to offer in form of bribes. How do we expect a better world?
Corruption has entered every nook and cranny of the world especially in Africa such that a Continent that is supposed to be regarded as the wealthiest continent of the world is now termed “the poorest continent” in the world. It is no surprising that the start of civilization originated from Egypt and that most of the world’s most useful natural resources originated from Africa. Then why should the continent of Africa still remain the poorest despite the fact that everything needed by us to be among the best is in abundance. When I read some piece from the book of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo titled “what is wrong with being black”, I began to weep inside of me for my Mother Africa. From page 53 of the book, some interesting but pitiful facts were presented as follows;
- Africa is not only rich in gold and diamonds; it is a continent whereno nation is bereft of national One third of the world’s bauxite reserve is found in Africa. This particular ore is used in the making of aluminum.
- The Democratic Republic of Congo has over a million metric tonsof cobalt Morocco has a similar cobalt metal.
- Beryllium is found in Madagascar, Mozambique, the DemocraticRepublic of Congo, and
- Chromium is found in most of South Africa and parts of West Africa.
- Manganese is found in most of West Africa as well as in the Kalahari
- Gabon has oil fields and vanadium, a rare element used to makesteel tougher and shock
- Nigeriahas not just oil fields or oil Nigeria has 32 trillion tons of natural gas. It has been burning away for the past 30 years, and the deposit still remains at 32 trillion. Nigeria also has titanium, and a metallic element tanatlom, a metallic element resembling titanium.
- Lithiumis found in large deposits in the Democratic Republic of Congo and This is used in some cases to make mobile phones.
- Platinumdeposits are found in South
- Uraniumis found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the largest deposit of uranium is found in Niger just above
- Most of Africa’s copper is found in Central Africa, particularly Zambia,Malawi, Central Africa Zambia has 36 million tons. The Democratic Republic of Congo has 26 million tons of copper. Botswana, a very small country, has 530,000 tons of copper metal reserves. Mauritania has the largest reserve of copper in West Africa, 740,000 tons. Uganda has 200,000 tons of copper.
- The whole of Africa has a billion tons of lead reserve. North Africa,though, is the largest producing Zinc deposits in Africa is 16.5 million tons. Morocco and Algeria have large deposits of zinc.
- Limestoneis found in Kenya, Tanzanian, Uganda, Zambia, and South
Surprisingly, this is the least of so many abundant natural resources the continent of Africa have been blessed with, yet its citizens kept on wallowing in poverty. What could have caused it if not for corruption? Nigeria as an example of an oil producing nation according to the International Energy Agency still produces about 2.53million barrels of oil per day and is an important oil supplier to the United States. In addition to producing such huge barrels of oil per day, the country has other natural resources as gold, diamond, bitumen and so are other African nations. Isn’t it surprising that more than half of the population of Africans live below a dollar per day?
I could remember vividly when I went for my compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the Northern part of Nigeria. Sometimes, I watch with amazement how seven children would gather round a single plate of food just to have something put in their stomach. If one would look at the quantity of the food compared to the number gathering to eat it at once, one could easily conclude those aren’t feeding on up to a dollar per day. Some don’t even have the access to good drinking water, hence the increase in the number of deadly diseases from typhoid, tuberculosis among others.
It is so funny that some of the regions with the poorest people are regions having those abundant natural resources surrounding them. But what happens? Some of the resources are being tapped into by the government of the time without returning benefits to those poor ones living around the regions, thus leaving them to depend on little or nothing. In turn, the so-called government officials of the continent of Africa empower other nations who are developed already leaving their own continent to lack the basic things. They squander billions of dollars and build some of the best hospitals, industries, companies and so much more in those countries while theirs don’t even have good ones. The amount of money of some of the already dead and living government officials of Nigeria in Switzerland and other foreign nations could not even be accounted for again. Some go as far as buying a whole estate in the UK and other foreign nations. Others are being heard keeping millions of dollars in septic tanks, burial grounds and so many more that couldn’t be accounted for. Many of them go on to buy six or more houses abroad while many of its citizens don’t even have roofs to take shelter under. They travel abroad to seek medical attentions (when they should have built better health care in their own countries) while its citizens are dying from varying degrees of diseases that could have been prevented with good medical facilities in place. Their own children live in abundance while those of the poor ones live on hopelessness. No wonder Africa is sometimes termed “The richest continent with the poorest people”. With all these, the various poverty alleviation programs intended to be done by different governments might not see the light of the day.
In my seven months so far of being in China, I have seen infrastructural development in its first class state. As a citizen of a supposedly great continent like Africa, I was perplexed at how far behind we are when compared to a country like China and not even the continent of Asia and other continents of the world. I have not been opportune back in Africa to witness a one-week uninterrupted electricity despite all the available resources to generate electricity of our own. Here is my seven months in China and I never got to see darkness at nights unless you decide to switch off the lights in your room. The use of the internet especially for the youths is something that is very important because in it lies the so many tools required to improve individuals. So many youths in the continent of Africa don’t even have access to good internets. No wonder many of those youths in Africa lacked access to valuable information that could have make them productive thus, contributing meaningfully to the continent and the world at large. I have personally improved as an individual because the use of a good internet service became something of the past and one that becomes a normal thing here in China.
Over a long period of time, the road transport of many countries of Africa has led to several losses of lives and properties owing to various road accidents. Apart from the good road transport system in China, the train transport seems one of the best in the world. You could travel distances inside the train comfortably moving from one city to another and that is how you would likely find it in other continents.
What happened to the agriculture of Africa? Nigeria and so many Africa countries are where you would eat fruits or crops, throw them away and they grow naturally on their own. In so many countries like China, Saudi Arabia among others, a lot is spent on irrigation to bring these fruits and other crops back to life. Africa is so blessed with weather that makes our vegetation green and blossom. Still, the continent of Africa couldn’t provide enough and cheap foods for its citizen as compared to those nations that spend much on bringing about the growth of those crops. Thus, to make Africa a better place again, there is the need for diversification into proper agriculture where the local farmers are empowered to make them flourish. The over-dependency on oil has brought about a setback for agriculture in Africa. The money seen in the export of barrels of oil is only been heard by the populace but not being utilized judiciously because if such a huge amount generated from oil and other natural resources are utilized well, Africa should have been the better for it.
We should therefore know that poverty, a widespread social problem mainly caused by corruption is an issue that needs our collective responsibilities to put out or better still reduce to a less significant percentage. With poverty, nation building becomes an onerous task thereby faulting the building of a better world. Its effect leads to several other social problems like robbery, prostitution, illiteracy and of course modern slavery. Instead of nations to put up real binding forces to fight against poverty, several unions and world communities do not give out assistance to sovereign nations to help out of poverty. As a positive way forward, policies (both written and unwritten) should be reviewed to assist nations with records of higher percentage of poverty on a track of building a better world. Our case should not be a case of people overlooking opportunities repeatedly– POOR.
Another major cause of the world being at the state it is now is the poor funding of education in some parts of the world. The concern for education as a tool for combating world’s biggest problems in some parts of the world is on the decrease every year. What we fail to realize is that education in any form has a lot of impact on our world. Many of the so-called terrorists and suicide bombers in some parts of the world don’t even have a proper orientation of what they are doing as bad. If we take a critical look at some of the play-back videos of some of those children and youths that are being used as an agent of attack in most countries, most of them are being educated by those sending them to see everyone they meet as a potential enemy and therefore should carry out such act. Is that not a form of education? What if enough had been spent to educate those children and youths in the proper way? Then, some of those problems faced by the world at large would have been averted. When we say education, it doesn’t end in the four walls of the classrooms. More is needed by every nation to organize meaningful programs outside the classrooms to enlighten people and to let them know the impact of whatever they do today and the effect it could have on the world starting from their immediate environment. How much is invested in proper education is very important in tackling this.
Bill Gates, Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the National Economic Council in Nigeria dated Thursday March 22, 2018 has this to say to the government of Nigeria; “The most important choice you can make is to maximize your greatest resource, the Nigerian people. Nigeria will thrive when every Nigerian is able to thrive. If you invest in their health, education, and opportunities—the “human capital” we are talking about today—then they will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity. If you don‟t, however, then it is very important to recognize that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow”. If every nation at large could follow this principle of investing properly in the education of its citizens, many of the problems the world is facing today would be a thing of the past. If communities could thrive, a nation would thrive and the world in general would thrive.
Education of a man broadens his scope of life and jolts his thoughts to doing the right thing in service to man and humanity. However, education is different but in tandem with knowledge and this boils down to the point that some individuals are educated but ignorant of some basic things that ought to make the world a better place. In solving this, there is the need to facilitate a person-person sensitization matrix to orientate and re- orientate individuals: educated and ill-educated towards things that could be done to help their immediate community which is a nucleus to the entire world. If a proper education, economic development, employment opportunities, poverty alleviation, standardization of internal democracy etc. is not available in the underdeveloped nations, the effect is that the citizens tend to find all means to immigrate to a more developed countries thereby bringing about an increased population to share the available limited resources.
Furthermore, it should also be known that RACISM is a disease that needs to be cured to make the world a better place for all to live in. According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, “Racism is the unfair treatment of people who belong to a different race; violent behavior towards them”. One question that begs for an answer is why should a set of people feel they are superior to another set just because of the color of the skin, race or where they come from. Racism has eaten down deep into the heart of the world from time immemorial and it seems to be on the increase almost every year.
Racism however small it might be had led to loss of self-worth in some individuals while many have suffered from marginalization, segregation and other harms in the name of racism. In some children and even in adults, it had made some lose their confidence and most cases of racism have been linked to the black nation. Imagine when you realize your brother was denied of a job or opportunity just because he was black or of another color. Imagine when you see your brother being punished for what another man did wrongly all because of where he comes from or a situation in which his rights were withdrawn from him in the name of racism. All these and many more are sure to take away some level, if not all of the confidence of his brother having the same skin color.
My journey so far in China has made me realized there has got to be a stop to racism. There was a time a group of us; all black entered a train and sit down. We immediately noticed some Chinese standing from their seats and moving away from us like we aren’t humans. One of us immediately felt bad and I had to build up his confidence telling him it is almost everywhere around the world and only then did he count it as normal. Even legally, the black man have been deprived of jobs in so many occasions even when they are more competent than the other person having skin color other than black. No matter how fluent in speaking English he is, the English language teaching job is sometimes not given to him and hence given to that man of other color even when he is not vibrant as the black man. It is demeaning when someone looks at the color of your skin with the word “hei ren” meaning “black man”. You definitely know inside of you that it is a word of mockery. There can’t be more less- regard for the color of your skin when you have no one to sit with you on the same row in the lecture hall.
I didn’t mean to say the problem is only in China. In fact, it is even very low in China when compared to some countries according to statistics. In some other countries, the black man has been imprisoned sometimes for what he didn’t do wrongly. At some other times, he had been denied of his means of livelihood, medical care and rightful entitlements. The color of his skin has been termed as dirty, impure and anything that has to do with being black shouldn’t be appreciated. Recently, I got the opportunity to talk to some Chinese students who came for a culture exchange activity in my school. We talked, played and ate together. After that, I told them if we could be this close within few hours without considering the color of our skins, then we can always achieve greatness together. The color of our skin shouldn’t be a barrier to finding peace within ourselves, I concluded.
In his book, Beyond the Rivers of Ethiopia, Mensa Otabil writes, “The spirit of racism thrives on mis-information and stereotyping. Instead of portraying people in the likeness of God, it seeks to devalue the worth of people that are different from us or as not being as good as we are”. This is in conformation with the commandment of God in the Holy book, “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other, not that ye may despise each other” (Qur’an 49 verse 14)
This shows that the issue of racism was only coined by a group of people who just think they should be superior over another because of their skin color and just like cancer, it spreads everywhere and instead of the world to fight against this together, so many are shying away from it. It is thus the responsibility of everyone to fight against this menace to the present and upcoming generations in accordance with a saying of the Great Muhammad Ali, “Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn‟t matter which color does the hating. It‟s just wrong”
People like Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher who is a central figure in modern philosophy never got it right about racism when he said, “The Negros of Africa have received from nature no intelligence that rises above the foolish”. Only if he realizes that even there are Africans who have gone all the way to surpass their white counterparts in academics, businesses, sports, innovations among others, then he would realize the above is only a hate speech towards the black skin. Are those results achieved by those blacks not a result of intelligence or shall we say their white counterparts they succeeded above are foolish? The same philosopher went on to further to say, “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”. Then why should we be cruel to human because of the color of his skin when it isn’t proper to be cruel to animals. He even mentioned the word “man” without a preference to color. So, why should we consider color in dealing with a fellow human? One of his famous quotes also reads: “It is not God‟s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy”. I would have dared to ask him if I got the opportunity that; how do you get to make your fellow man happy when you have counted him as an inferior being and seen him as worthless because he comes from a totally different race from you? The fact is everyone ones to be treated as important. In light of the above quotations by Immanuel Kant, I will boldly conclude that racism from time immemorial is something that was intentional to destroy our world and not in any way important.
It is therefore in the capacity of everyone at different levels to find a lasting solution to the issue of racism as it affects different colors. Not until we realize that; the color of our skin does not have anything to do with our level of intelligence, knowledge and uprightness, the color of our skin should not have anything to do with administering justice, the color of the skin shouldn’t prevent people from getting their entitlements, the color of our skin should not determine how safe we should be in anywhere around the world, the color of our skin shouldn’t be a yardstick for equality and good conscience, the color of our skin shouldn’t make one man superior over his fellow man, our world might not be the better for it.
When we decide in our hearts that every man irrespective of their color, religion, background, ethnicity or their countries in general should be treated fairly and accordingly, and that no nation or color of the skin is older than being human, our world would be a better place to live in.
To round it up, as the theme of this write-up is centered on “strong youths make a strong nation”, it is thus necessary to define and interpret the roles of youths in the building of a better world. In the building of a house, we all know how important it is to have a strong foundation. Without this, it would be assumed all efforts in getting the building erected are in vain. This is exactly the case with building the youths properly if we are to witness a strong nation.
The youths could be seen as the “backbone” of every nation as they make up almost 60% of the entire population. Thus, the strength of youths can make or mar the progress of nations depending on what use they are put into. A recent happening in Offa, a province in the
north central part of Nigeria was terrifying when arm robbers numbered thirty robbed five banks at once and went away with millions of naira and killing scores of innocent souls in the process. It was so disheartening when it was confirmed from the video playbacks the robbers are young individuals who might likely fall within the age limit of 18-25. If one investigates well at many of the terrorist attacks being carried out around the world, there is no doubt the youths would form the largest number of the perpetrators of such evil. If elections in so many countries are to be disorganized, if communities are to be disturbed, if the number of rapists are to be counted, if the number of drug addicts are gathered, if any evil at all is to be mentioned; the youths would form the largest part of them.
However, it should also be known that many youths have done things to bring about an improvement in our world. Some examples are given below:
- Mark Zuckerberg was 19 years when he started Facebook along with his three friends.
- Ashish Thakkar, Africa’s youngest billionaire was 31 years who escaped from the Rwanda genocide and relocated to Uganda where he started an IT business.
- Adam Horowitz, 18 years old entrepreneur, started 30 website in 3 years before he became successful.
- Colin Thornton made his millions by fixing bad computers and setting up a Dial-a-Nerd. He was 35 years.
- Jason Njoku, a 33 years old and founder of Iroko TV received 8 million dollars investment into his company just a few years ago.
- Kamal Budhabhatti was deported from Kenya but while on the flight, he thought of the opportunities in Kenya. He found his way back after 6 months and today his company is valued at 30 million dollars. He is 36 years.
- Chinedu Echeruo, a young Nigerian business person recently got paid 1 billion dollars for developing an application. He moved to New York in 1995 and found it difficult to navigate the city with ease, so he developed “HopStop” to fix the problem.
- Sim Shagaya, a Nigerian entrepreneur and business mogul founded “konga” the largest trading site in Africa at the age of 37.
These are just a few of the many youths whose works have gone on to make meaningful impacts in making our world a better place. In comparison with some of the evils also commonly perpetrated with youths as the larger percentage of them, then it means the youths can be influenced positively in bringing about progress to a nation or negatively in bringing about doom to a nation.
I believe it is time to let the youths know of their place in bringing about prosperity to their nations. As at the time of independence of Nigeria as a nation, the people who made meaningful impacts then were all youths; Obafemi Awolowo (37), Akintola Williams (36), Ahmadu Bello (36), Tafawa Balewa (34), Okotie-Eboh (27), Enahoro (27). Under them, Nigeria as a nation witnessed one of its most successful years. I think the same is currently ongoing in France, North Korea and many countries of the world. Recently Nigeria also tried to pass to law the “Not too young to rule” campaign and this if done, would bring prosperity. It is time youths are carried along positively in every aspect of a nation from politics, economic development, employment opportunities and all.
As the world is moving and as we realize the youths are tools for building a prosperous nation; it is required to let the youths know that they are capable of doing whatever they put their hearts to. Let them know that the success of every nation lies in their hands and therefore they hold the most vital key in transforming nations. Tell the youths that they can always win without having to go through the dubious means. Let them know they are stronger than the codeines, heroines, alcohols and other unlawful substances they absorb in their body. Let the youths know that they are the most appropriate catalysts to transforming the social and economic developments of every nation. Let them know that discrimination towards their fellow men won’t take them to anywhere higher but would only decrease them in everything good. Let them know that it takes a nation to live together in the spirit of brotherhood to witness true progress. Let them know that no matter how long it takes, they can always achieve success if they don’t give up. Let them know that they are the backbone of every nation and that the world at large is counting on them. Instill the confidence in them that they can do all these and even achieve more.
In view of this, I would love to end this with a quote from the president of China, Xi Jinping in his book titled “THE GOVERNANCE OF CHINA”, page 59, line 6-25 in one of his messages to the youths thus: “Everybody is young once in their life. Now is the time for you to make the most of your youth; and the future is a time for you to look back on it. The path of life is sometimes level, sometimes steep; sometimes smooth, sometimes rough; sometimes straight, sometimes crooked. Young people are faced with a wide range of choices. But what is important for you is to be guided by a correct world view, outlook on life and sense of values when you are making your choices. The life experiences of countless successful people suggest that young people who choose to endure hardships will be duly rewarded, and those who make contributions to society are the ones who deserve respect. Tribulations, setbacks and tests have proved to be good for young people in their later life. You need to have strength of character to be undaunted when confronting good or bad fortune, have a firm will to keep pressing forward in spite of repeated setbacks, remain optimistic in all circumstances, turn your failures into a driving force, and learn from your experiences, so that your life is raised to a higher plane. In short, the only way you can have fond memories of a well-spent, warm and lasting youth with no regrets is to work enthusiastically and energetically, tenaciously overcome all obstacles, and make a contribution to the people while you are still young”.
If these kind of wonderful inspirational messages are sent to the youths regularly and paths are being created for them to display the potentials in them, they would definitely give more to making our world better. Just like UNICEF has always tried in her effort to protecting the rights of children across the world every year, a day could also be set aside every year across the world to celebrate the youths and constantly remind them of their importance to building a better world. Let our motto be “Build the Youth, Build the Nation”
In conclusion, even though what would make our world a better place seems to be more than the aforementioned, it should be known that if the above mentioned points (justice, nation building, racism and youth development) are taken seriously, making the world a better place is definitely on track.
In the end, then, one thing is clear: The only catalyst to making our world a better place lies in the collective efforts of every individual at all levels. We all need to be an agent of change in order to bring about a positive change to our world. This present generation needs us. The next generation needs us. We might be long gone someday but history will never forget our contributions towards a better world!
Ismaeel Olamilekan Adebayo
I am Ismaeel Olamilekan Adebayo, a Nigerian studying Masters of Chemical Engineering at the Nanjing University of Science & Technology, Nanjing, China.
I am an ardent believer in the fact that there is nothing anyone can’t achieve in life in as much as the required effort is put in place.
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