We’ve Taken the 1st Step
Great Nigerian Youths! Great!!
The level of coordination and achievement of the #EndSARSPeaceful Protest before the guns were turned on us is the first step in our journey towards a New Nation. What is needed to start a journey is the first step. The brutality we were raising our voices to end was what was unleashed on us on #BlackTuesday, October 20, 2020. While this has shattered our hearts beyond imagination, it has given us a very clear understanding of what we are up against.
We are up against a mindset that is not ready to engage in dialogue. But for progress to be made and objectives met, there has to be dialogue; i.e. the free flow of meaning from parties involved in a conversation. So when we have not been able to conclude our conversation before the gun-chase, then we need to device another channel for our voice to be heard. What is important is to achieve our objective, which is a New Nation.
We are up against a mindset that is not ready to engage in dialogue. But for progress to be made and objectives met, there has to be dialogue; i.e. the free flow of meaning from parties involved in a conversation.David Adegboyega
Let’s Take the 2nd Step
So, let’s use what we have to achieve our objective of a New Nation. We need wisdom to use what we have for a New Nation. What do we have? We have Youth, Voice and our Vote. We, the Youth, must have a dialogue amongst ourselves, so we can have one Voice and can galvanize ourselves to harness the opportunity Democracy has given us to birth a New Nation. To have our dialogue, we don’t need to be on the physical street(and continue to endanger our lives), we have being meeting on the social street, so let’s continue there.
We have Youth, Voice and our Vote.David Adegboyega
We need to live to bring about the positive change we so long for and are clamoring for. We as Youth must imbibe #soundcharacter. The second step we need to take is to hold conversations around integrity of purpose through honesty, hard work and patience amongst other sound character strengths.
Raising a Mass Action for Sound Character
We need to raise a critical mass of youth to imbibe sound character if we are to have a New Nation. Why is this needed? A mindset of team work so that everyone will not justle for what we call the ‘juicy positions’; but have imbibed needed value system to support and deliver at every level. Let’s know that beyond the President, Governors, Senate President, Speakers, Committee Chairmen, etc, people are needed to run the workings of Government. We need men and women of sound character at every level of the nation. Russian Poet, Boris Pasternak, says: “It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to new and better days but… someone’s soul, INSPIRED and ABLAZE.”
The wisdom for a New Nigeria is to raise a critical mass of young people who have imbibed sound character. If we have that, there would not be fellow young Nigerians who would be used to scatter the peaceful protest. I believe the Government has heard our 5 for 5; while we wait for action, we need to have dialogues on how to inspire the youths to imbibe sound character so this caliber of youth can arise to vote, be voted for and work as citizens of the New Nigeria. We should do this by 2023. This is the wisdom for a New Nigeria!
Author & Sound Character Coach