Tuesday, 22 November 2016

RECYCLING READERSHIP: AN ANTITHETICAL APPROACH TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND NIGERIA FUTURE



This article is designed to analyze and proffer solution to socio-economic and political challenges like corruption, nepotism, youth unemployment, bad leadership and so on in the Nigerian state. Using biblical and intellectual approaches.

Permit me to start this way; the best motivation is self motivation. The guy says, ‘I wish someone would come by and turn me on’ what if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life. Are you aware that so many youth in Nigeria has falling into such pit of thought? Okay! Do you also know that if someone is going down the wrong road he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up? What he needs is education to turn him around.

There is a saying that says that when you want to hide anything from a black-man (Africans), print it on a book. This is because the white man recognizes that Africans don’t read books and since they don’t have appetite of reading, things (ideas) can only be hidden from them when printed on books.

It is pertinent for you to know that ‘we must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull in the reading habit of Nigerian youths. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of Negativity will move into the garden (if not already in action) and take away everything of Value.

Permit me to flog this topic Recycling readership: An Antithetical approach to youth development and Nigeria future, first and foremost from the biblical aspect of it, on how we can analyze and proffer solution to the socio-economic and political challenges like corruption, Nepotism, youth Unemployment, bad leadership and so on.

Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. ‘Then you will be prosperous and successful.’ Joshua 1:8.

In the above passage of the bible we are made to understand that the Holy Book (bible) contains everything pertaining to goodliness, prosperity and success in life, that we shouldn’t let it depart from out mouth. Now I have a question to ask, what about in a situation whereby 95% of the youth in a Nigerian church don’t study their bible, don’t attend church bible studies, only pick up their bible and dust it for Sunday service, when they get home they also keep it the way it was and where they picked it from? Well is now up to you to answer if the true prosperity or even the successful Nigeria we pray for will come in our time. Look this people don’t meditate on the book of the law (bible) and by so doing the fear of God which is the 'ABC of wisdom' could not be found in them, that is why they have indulge themselves in corrupt practices, that is why we have bad and corrupt so called leaders today. The church which is an agent of socialization has now been influenced by the society instead of her influencing the society.

I use to say, ‘I hope things will change.’ Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change. And that is what I expect the average Nigerian youth needs to know.

I recommend people in all walks of life, to cultivate the habit of reading especially the youth because a good reader today is a good leader tomorrow. Let’s take for instance how many hours the Nigerian youth spend on the so called social network per day and how many hours they can use in reading? Have you ever consider that as a youth or as a parent, this also concerned you? which ever way you want to put it, it concerns you; do you also know it can lead to the proper development of your children? Well am here to let you know that it is through reading that we enjoy intercourse with the superior minds, in the best books, great men talks to us, give us their most precious thoughts and pour out their soul into us. They are the voices of the distance and the dead, a philosopher said that when we stop reading we stop thinking. O! Only if the Nigerian youth will see to how our government has been lately, they will cultivate the habit of reading for reading is the only way to proffer solution to our problems as individuals and as a nation. it doesn't matter how corruption,nepotism,youth unemployment, bad leadership has actually eaten deep, Nigeria must be better! 

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