And so they went to serve their ‘father land’ full of hopes and dreams for tomorrow. These young men and women answered the clarion call to serve the land of their birth with dedication and selflessness. They departed the comfort of their homes to wander to far away lands, supposedly in the same country. Though the future looked bleak for some of them, in a country where consideration for the youths is almost non-existent, they went all the same, labouring in hope, taking the years one day at a time.
And then another call was heard. It seemed like a flicker of hope. To assist in ensuring transparent elections for a country seeking to be healed; to resurrect from a self-imposed slumber which will usher in a new order. An order that will ensure the people have a voice; an order that will ensure the youths find their feet; an order that will usher in responsibility and put paid to the rascality that has ravaged the land.
And they agreed and answered the call. With quick dispatch they took up the task and delivered results that kept us in awe. Even the most skeptical could not help but applaud at the feat performed by these noble men and women. They risked everything for Nigeria. They gave everything to make this project work because they believed so strongly that the future is here. They believed that if they could create this success they would be leaving a legacy; they would be securing their future and our democracy is the only way our oneness as a nation can subsist.
In all the states the elections were held-in the east, south, north and west- the polls were declared free and fair and this was because these young men made it work. The south had some results though, which painted the picture of a ‘one man show’ as the incumbent won by a landslide but it seemed like a reward for outstanding campaigning. In the north his opposite number held sway, ‘capturing’ a large number of the northern states. But Nigeria is one big country, winning in the north was not good enough.
And soon after, the violence began; the killing and maiming was free for all. It was ironic that the perpetrators had as their target, the same corps members who conducted the elections. Did they not win their states? Were these corps members not vindicated? The results in their states show that these young men and women did an honest job. So why kill them if they did it right? What were these people thinking when they went to the residences of these corps members to drag them out, to beat them up, hack them to death with machetes and axes, then burn them to ashes? It is bizarre and unimaginable! And all we get are speeches, speeches and more speeches!
Tell me the essence of this scheme; the so-called National Youth Service? Tell me if it is worth the life of a Nigerian youth when this country is not at war? Tell me this is not war and you will have to explain to me what else war is. It is only in war that people are killed in this way and nobody is tried for it. It is only in war that people are conscripted sent out for ‘National Service’ to places not their choice and when they die, it is accepted as normal. It is only in war that parents and siblings are prepared to accept the death of their loved ones when they go for ‘National Service’. Tell me this is not war and answer all my questions.