Dear Nigerian Millennial, Are you awake?

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Dear Nigerian Millennial, Are you awake?

Dear Millennials

If you are not, now would be an awesome time to snap out of the daze and wake up!

Apathy would no doubt be the death of us.

“I don’t care” you say?

Then you are like one who hands over the keys and steering of a motorcycle he is on to another person and then promtly goes to sleep. Perhaps you will awaken when you are driven into a ditch.

We have to care, we have to care about everything.

We have to care about what goes on in the House of assembly, we have to care about the ASUU strike, we have to care about the value of the Naira, we have to care about Central Bank policies, we have to care about where the president is and what he is doing. We need to care about the threat of civil war, and what it will mean for us all if it comes.

We need to care about internet fraud and drug smuggling and immigration scandals which daily smear what little reputation our country still has in the international community.

We need to care about rape and robbery and fraud, and vandalism and all the other things that make investors pass us by and set up shop in other african countries.

We have to care about everything.

We have to care enough to want to fix things when they go wrong, to write petitions and carry placards. We have to care enough to start up discussions, to spark debates and shape public opinion.

Our concern should last longer than the lifecycle of a mosquito. It is not enough to post memes on Twitter and Facebook for two days and lose interest once the ‘gist’ is no longer hot.

We need to light a fire under our own butts, a fire that burns out the larthargy that makes us close our eyes to the wrong doing both of officials in public places and of the bank security man who embarasses the pregnant lady on the ATM queue.

We have to care enough to ask questions and to demand answers to those questions. We need to question the unfinished project that was commissioned in our city and then promptly forgotten by government and contractor alike.

We need to care enough to read and understand the budget and to demand clarification where the allocations appear ridiculous.

We need to care enough to keep asking and demanding, even when we are ignored. To keep speaking and conversing even when we are told to shut up.

We need to care about international affairs, about the bomb threat from North korea and the genocide in Rohingya. We need to know about virtual reality, floating cars and all the other strides the rest of the world is making while we sleep.

We need to care about all these, because if we don’t care, then we don’t act and if we don’t act, then our country goes to pieces and us with it.

Yours Sincerely,

Fellow Nigerian Millenial.

 

Omeghie Okoyomoh
Omeghie Okoyomoh
Omeghie Okoyomoh is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. She is a seasoned public speaker with Media experience and an advocate for women's rights. Omeghie is an editor and contributor with TheTransverse.

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