The first is to be law-abiding. No drugs or hard substances, no cultism, no crime. That is the obvious first step to a prosperous future, both for you and the country.
The second would be to make sure you are diligent in your studies and become graduates. Many students want to combine studies and business. These two don’t go together. And many end up not graduating.
The third thing you can do for your country after you have graduated would be to create an economic activity. Instead of becoming seekers of good jobs, you should become employers of labour. Nigeria probably has more than 50 million unemployed youths at the moment and there are definitely no 50 million jobs to give to them. And when you graduate, you are going to add to this number. But with our population and the opportunities that the internet creates, we can create millions of small businesses in all sectors. And don’t let anyone tell you this is not possible. Always remember: the person who says it is possible and the person who says it is not possible are both right. Choose the person you want to be. I encourage all of you to become employers of labour instead of seekers of good jobs. There are many low-interest intervention funds today from the CBN, Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture that are not being sufficiently used. Nobody promises you that life is going to be easy. But always remember it is possible. Most of the impossible things of yesterday are now being done. Imagine the kind of economic activities that would be generated with 50 million new jobs in the next five years. Imagine the cumulative effect of that on the Nigerian state. Our country would become one of the richest countries in the world.
The fourth thing you can do for your country is get interested in the political process. It is a misnomer to declare that you are not interested in politics, as we see several of our youths say these days. The consequence of that kind of attitude is clear already. See the kind of people that you have ruling you. You must get interested in politics and get involved in the quality of leaders that you will hand over your fates to. The fact that you are not interested in politics does not mean that politics is not interested in you. Be a member of a political party, become a delegate and make sure that riffraff and thieves do not take over the country. And be bold. Contest for seats in the Houses of Assembly, House of Reps, Senate and executive offices.
The fifth thing you can do for your country is speak positively about your country. You should have a stake in the wellbeing, unity and prosperity of the country. Never say negative things about your country. And anybody who wants to leave Nigeria or secede should come for a sendoff party so they could leave Nigeria for us. The rest of us are here to stay.
These are just a few things you can do for your country to make it the greatest country in the world. The best time to have started all these was a generation ago. But we missed that. The next best time to start is today; now!
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