This Generation of Africans Must Not Leave Its Battle For The Next Generation
Can you imagine a presidential aspirant in the United States of America, or his counterpart in the United Kingdom, making promises to provide electrical power, good road infrastructure, quality education, standard health sector and the other promises,we keep getting from African politicians, when they woo us for our votes during campaigns, since the days of yore? Your guess is as good as mine that such manifestos in advanced countries are dead on arrival.
This is for the simple reason that their predecessors have sorted out most of the issues that make a country a home indeed.
Examples of promises that can land political office seekers in positions they desire include making university education more affordable for their youths, creating more jobs, medical insurance, taking care of their senior citizens etc. Good infrastructure that is the toast of our politicians’ manifestos are now taken for granted in those places.
Now to why I am writing. Why are we having the same manifestos from our politicians election after election? There are several reasons as to why. Our politicians are not held accountable for the redemption of their pledges; our people largely vote sentimentally – tribe and religion are played up to a ridiculous proportion while voting; most elections in Africa (especially my dear country, Nigeria), had been mere selection until recently; politics have been seen as a vocation of thugs and consequently, abandoned to rascals by those who could see their promises as their bonds. We could go on propounding theories why the campaign promises of our politicians have been a boring monotony but they all boil down to postponing the battles we face to the next generation.
If the founding fathers of the advanced countries have not delivered on their campaign promises, those pledges would have become hymn books refrains, from politicians during campaigns in those climes.
The point I am making here is that every generation has its own battles. It is grossly unfair and irresponsible for a generation to leave its own battles for the next one. We must put behind our infrastructural, tribalism and other challenges. The coming generation must not be saddled with how to have ceaseless power supply, well equipped schools and hospitals and other challenges we face today, the bulk of which we inherited from our predecessors. Let everyone give a good account of his days while on earth.
This counsel also applies to the family. Parents should make their shoulders the runway for the take off of their children. If you became a landlord at 50, aim at leading your children to have their houses before age 40. Shelter has been your battle almost all your life, raise your children in such a way that shelter becomes the least of their bothers soonest. Your grandchild should own his own house before 30! This is not a tall order. At 21 a young man can become a landlord since he ceased to be a minor at 18. If he can go into a contract, he can as well own his own and in his own right. (I hope that blows somebody’s mind. Inspire Africa is about blowing the minds of its friends).
Let us not turn our battles over to the next generation. Such crass irresponsibility bogs down progress!