Nigerian Youths: Misplaced priorities and wasted years

In life, many factors contribute to either the success or failure we experience at certain stages of our lives. The environments where we were bred is one of them as it determines the people we mingled with, the schools we attended, the social events or places we visited, and so on. 
Such an environment also tells to a great extent the kind of jobs or businesses that we may likely take up as our life career. More importantly, elders and leaders are the 'role models' children see while growing up as they accord them their respect and loyalty, hoping to grow someday to also practice what they learned from their respective 'seniors'.
This is what happens in many countries especially in Africa where the youths now follow the paths of corruption, ineptitude, nepotism, lack of vision and direction, misplaced priorities, etc, which they learned from their elders and leaders.
Sadly, my country Nigeria is one of them. With its abundance of human and material resources, the country is among those with the highest level of poverty in the world. A new set of leadership emerges after elections, with the President appointing Ministers and other heads of government agencies. Regrettably, these appointees do little or nothing to justify the confidence reposed in them as they come with the sole agenda of filling their pockets, not service to the people. Rather than solving problems of depreciating standard of education, poor economy, weakening currency, bad roads, and other dilapidating infrastructure, these 'square pegs in round holes' leaders who emerged by exploiting the existing extremely poor electoral system, end up plunging the nation into a very bad state with their actions and inactions which today has bred terrorism, herdsmen attack, kidnapping, rape, election rigging, and vote-buying, cultism, increased bribery and corruption, nepotism, corporate theft, treasury looting, dysfunctional judiciary, waste of resources, etc.

It is disheartening, however, to learn that the youths, the future hope of the nation, are towing the same paths that led to nowhere, like their elders. The youths abandon critical national issues for irrelevant activities. Their passive inclination clarifies their readiness to trade the existence of the nation for unnecessary, insignificant, and morally degrading activities like the recent BB Naija Reality TV program which has literally 'stolen the hearts' of the Nigerian youths, including adults. When well-meaning Nigerians protested against the bad governance going on in the country, millions of Nigerians of all ages felt indifferent, relaxing with their reality show.

On the same TV Show, parents comfortably watch the nudeness and every other nonsense that happens on it with their children, and they do not see anything wrong with it the same way a serving Minister did not see anything wrong in ceding the sovereignty of the nation to foreigners in the name of seeking for a loan - a loan the country does not need as it has all the resources at its disposal to comfortably internally generate ten times the loan amount sought.

With such an attitude, what future does the country hold for us?

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RE: Police use tear gas to disperse #RevolutionNow protesters in Lagos

For the sake of peace, moral values, equity, and justice, we at Moral Digest keep calling on the #UN, #AU, #ECOWAS, and all lovers of #Democracy to call the Nigerian Government to order. 

We wish to remind the Nigerian government and other governments especially in Africa that have been brutalizing peaceful protesters, that protest is an integral part, in fact, the bedrock of any successful democracy.
What these clueless governments are doing is indirectly pushing their nations back to military rule and its brutality and dictatorship.
Peaceful protesters being humiliated by government-inspired security operatives
There is no justification for allowing security operatives to brutalize, dehumanize, humiliate, arrest, and maltreat innocent citizens who are trying to raise their voices against bad and inefficient governance. 

Since those who are meant to speak for them at their respective Parliaments could not do so, then the people have the right to "speak out" through peaceful protest which is allowable in every true democracy.

Nigerian Police use tear gas on peaceful protesters
Moral Digest and of course, all well-meaning Nigerians at home and abroad condemn in its entirety the use of tear gas on peaceful protesters by the Nigerian Police. Various degrees of assaults and human rights abuses by the security operatives on the protesters especially in Lagos and Abuja have been reported.

In addition to the dispersion of the protesters with tear gas, some security personnel was reported having also shaved off the hair of one of the protesters with a knife and broken bottle in the Ikeja area of Lagos while another protester, identified as Damilare Ademola, also complained that he was flogged with an iron rod and chain in Abuja.

Enough is enough for this cruelty. The Nigerian government have more serious problems of insecurity, high-level corruption, nepotism, corporate robbery, unemployment, etc, and should be thankful to protesters for reminding it of its incompetence rather than brutalization.

Peaceful protesting is no problem with any serious democratic government.
  • The new about the brutality of security operatives on #RevolutionNow protesters was first reported by The NationTV360Nigeria and Punch
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A clarion call for African youths

Africa as a continent has dawdled for so long in her path to progress. With all her wealth of human and natural resources, this mostly black-dominated continent had remained behind in terms of human and economic development. Growing up, I, just like many others like me, had wondered why this great continent has been out-paced by her counterparts as she had continued to live in their shadows over many decades.

In recent times, the interests indicated by nations of other continents have continued to bring jitters over well-meaning Africans. Each of these foreign nations always comes handy whenever our African leaders show the slightest signal for financial assistance. The lending nations do not waste any time in asking for access to the country's natural resources as a way of paying back such debts. However, our leaders have remained blind that they could not sense 'danger' in such deals.
Why do Africa and Africans have to suffer in the midst of plenty?

African youths make things work
It has become obvious that the undoing of this great continent is the seeming lack, which had driven the leaders of her nations to seek unnecessary financial assistance outside. The lenders themselves, who are always ready to 'assist' at the expense of the borrowers, enjoy the situation more as it portends for them a future opportunity for exploitation.
These elders have nothing better to offer hence, the gory condition of most of the nations of the continent. Due to their seeming lack of vision, African leaders who are mostly Septugenarians and Octogenarians, have yet to see the reality of events before them. Their declining age has to a large extent impeded their sense of reasoning since they fail to see anything wrong in ceding the sovereignty of their country to another nation, as was recently quoted by a serving minister in one of the continent's populous nations. They still go ahead sinking their respective countries deeper into debts that would give their lenders a better footing to effectively carry out their ill-plans.

We hence, call upon the reasonable youths of Africa, not those that have been brainwashed into believing that public treasury belongs to them, to wake up from slumber in a bid to change this unwholesome and demeaning narrative of this great continent.
It is time that African youths stopped accepting whatsoever 'favor' that is offered them by these "older folks" and their cohorts as such so-called favors look more dangerous than they seem - more like a Trojan Horse.
Let the youths realize that until we learn to say, "No" to those enticing and "unclean" money presented to us to truncate justice, rig elections through various means including ballot-box snatching and vote-buying, promote useless praise-singing, and many other things youths are paid to do that are insanely immorally and dehumanizing, our respective countries and their institutions and indeed the continent at large, cannot move forward.
It is pertinent that we realize that as long as we keep crawling and depending on nations from other continents to 'assist' us, then it won't be long when those 'helping' nations who are already gradually making inroads into Africa through such devilish financial assistance achieve their objectives.
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To you and yours, a happy Eid al-Adha

In the spirit of oneness, we at Moral Digest join our friends and colleagues around the world on this occasion of Eid al-Adha celebrations as we wish them a happy and blessed Eid al-Adha.

You have always remained with us on the side of moral values, equity, and justice and your work for this just course will always brighten up your days as we keep working together to make this world a better place for all.

                                              Happy Eid al-Adha to our Muslim brethren
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Are you pro- or anti- eco-friendliness?

Being green, aka being environmentally friendly, is one of the values we must develop and adapt to supporting mother nature.

It is no more news about how human activities have contributed immensely to climate change.
Since it is our duty on Moral Digest to educate and remind us about these values as we go through the daily hassles of life, sometimes tending to forget the ideals, we have therefore put down a list of habits below, though not exhaustive, which we may find useful in the self-assessment of our attitude towards the environment.
Let us be friends to our environment

Do you find yourself exhibiting one or more of unfriendly behaviors, whether listed or not, which are harmful to the environment? If "Yes", then it is time to make a turn-around.

Top 20 things most people do because they find it to be more convenient than being green:

  1. Buy new batteries instead of rechargeable ones
  2. Use a plastic straw
  3. Pay for a 5p plastic bag instead of remembering your reusable shopping bags
  4. Put fresh fruit and veg in a plastic bag at the supermarket
  5. Leave lights turned on when you aren’t in the room
  6. Buy a plastic bottle of water instead of carrying one you can reuse
  7. Leave plug sockets switched on even when they aren’t in use
  8. Drive when you could have walked
  9. Throw out plastic food packaging instead of washing it out to recycle it
  10. Use a tumble dryer instead of hanging clothes on the line
  11. Put something recyclable into the bin instead of sorting it into the right recycling box
  12. Throw food away which could have been eaten or reused
  13. Boil a full kettle for one cup of tea
  14. Buy paint in plastic pots instead of metal, which can be recycled
  15. Use a new coffee cup with your takeaway coffee instead of taking a reusable one
  16. Still ask for paper bills when you could go paperless
  17. Leave a tap running for a long time/ when you aren’t using it
  18. Have the heating on while also having windows open
  19. Leave the shower turned on when you aren’t it
  20. Wash laundry on a hot wash when it didn’t need it

  • This news in promotion of green environment was first published by the Independent
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