Youths and the Challenge of Future Leadership

Topics: Leadership, Recreational drug use, Drug Pages: 3 (1039 words) Published: February 12, 2013

The Youths they say are ‘the future leaders’. The questions that readily come to mind is; are the youths really ready for the future leadership? Are they trained and cultured for the desired future leadership? Which precedence are we bequeathing to the youths to enable them to aspire for the future leadership of Nigeria?

As rhetoric as these may sound, the need to provide answers to these questions is imperative. Nigerian youths are engaged in so many vices that are unproductive, which make their preparedness for the future leadership questionable. It is truism that leaders, elders or and adults prepare the youths by way of showing good examples, as it is also incumbent on the youths to wake up to the challenges and prepare themselves morally and committed to the aspiration of the leadership of the future.

In his drama piece titled “Youths of our land”, Mr Austin Iduh of the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo wrote a song thus:
Youths of our land x 3
Youths of every State and tribe
Listing to my joyful singing
Of a brighter future days
Soon or later
The day is coming
Corrupt men shall be overthrown and,
The future of this nation
Shall be in our hands alone.
On that day we all must labour
For our survival,
No more Monkey de chop
Baboon de work.
As assuring as his tone in this piece is, the day he wished for is now. Are we really ready to struggle for our survival? Are we going to take the leadership role and lead as desired for by the masses? Though, he wrote this piece long ago during the military era, his call for an over throw is not a call for you to over throw our government.

One of the most worrisome issues affecting our youths, more especially from Secondary Schools, is the problem of drug abuse. Taking of drugs, particularly, Cannabis has become rampant among these students. The common believe is that these drugs provide courage, energy and gives added intelligence. May I...
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