Reviewing President Buhari’s Speech to Commemorate the International Youth Day on August 28, 2015



Can it be said any longer that the youths of today are the future of tomorrow? Sometimes we are made to ponder hard on the state and circumstances surrounding the youths of the 21st century. Are the youths excelling as much as they strive? Or is laziness a factor in their present predicament?

Considering the speeches of past and present leaders in Africa, the same agenda is been discussed over and over again with worsen figures of failure in the sector. Youths faces the same problem continuously; hunger, unemployment, poor education and educational facilities, poor health care and sensitisation among others.

The present administration had promised while seeking power and after attaining such, that the youths will be compensated and considered as they are necessary in order to accelerate economic growth and sustainable development. This made it essential to consider the words of President Buhari as he addresses the youths on 2015’s International Youth Day and the changes so far as we approach another International Youth Day, August 12, 2016.

President Buhari became the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 27, 2015 after successfully overthrowing Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Nnamdi Sambo. President Buhari during his election campaign stated that Nigeria is blessed with enough to visualise the economic growth and sustainable development. He further assured the youths in his campaign that his administration will increase the stipends giving to the NYSC, National Youth Service Corp, and also pay some amount of money to all unemployed youths in the country. Other pledge includes; job creation, qualitative education, and good health facilities among others. Since his admission into the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Nigeria youths wonder where the promises had journeyed to.

The International Youth Day was initiated to celebrate and appreciate the contributions of the youths to their various communities.  This is in accordance with the United Nations Resolution 54/120 on December 19, 1999. Each year, August 12 is marked out to celebrate this course. This initiative is targeted at promoting the general well-being and livelihood of young people with its priority focus on education, employment, poverty and hunger, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, intergenerational issues among others.

In Nigeria and other countries within the continent of Africa, August 12 come and go as other days in the year. The best this day could offer are seminars, summits, symposium and open letters from political figures. In 2011, African leaders at the Malabo 2011 summit committed themselves to providing employment, whether directly or indirectly, for at least 3% of its unemployed young people each year. We have others as  such, the Youth Decade Plan of Action (2009-2018) and the Ouagadougou 2004 Plan of Action on Employment Promotion and Poverty Alleviation, as stressed by President Buhari in his speech, are efforts of Africa leaders in giving voice, visibility and platform to the youth to advocate for more investment in their future.

Consequently, the President continues to assure youths that his administration will place high premium in tackling challenges facing the youth sector. There are 60 million young people who make up the majority of population. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, unemployment remains a major concern in Nigeria, with rates rising from 6.4% in 2006 to 24.20% in the first quarter of 2015, and in 2016? The unemployment rate among youths is considered to be over 50% due to the sheer number of youth who have had no chance to go to school roaming about the street. So I wonder, how scraping out NYSC (National Youth Service Corp initiated to encourage integration and empowerment for all young graduate) will be good to the nation, and on the contrary, against his initial promises of increasing the salaries of youth corpers and the creation of jobs for all graduates and unemployed. The President during the last International Youth Day stated that “Unsuitable qualifications limit our young people’s employment prospects and potential to contribute to national development.” Considering this statement, one would marvel over what these “unsuitable qualifications” are.

Could it be that, Nigerian educational system is not buoyant to produce qualified graduates or there are no serious minds learning in Nigerian schools. How then would companies and organisations not ask for lots of years experience from a new graduate, if the President could have no regards for the qualifications obtained within the country? Would you then blame banks and other commercial ventures for firing workers?

Promises have been shared over the years during International Youth Days, such as; development of small and medium scale enterprises, skilled and educational empowerment, strengthening of academic and vocational training institutions as well as significantly improving the health care delivery system.

 I can’t stop thinking of how easy it is for the less privileged in the society to travel outside their shores to get medical care in the hands of suitable and qualified doctors in foreign lands.

Well, political figures do this no matter how little the health challenge is.

Imagine your President restricting citizens from travelling to overseas for medical treatment with the claim that it country can hand all its citizens medical needs, and when he is having the slightest of pain or uncomfortable feelings in his body system he takes the country’s official aircraft to the best of hospital in the world.

 How will education be realistic when teachers and lecturers are looked down upon and made to beg for their income? Doctors in this part of the world go on strike and abandon their patients. How will the small and medium scale enterprise grow when the revenue charges are overweighing?

The youths should no longer be seen as a board where leaders come to play word puzzle, but a vital part in the decisions making of today and the ultimate future. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Now that youths are not just idle, they are hungry. A hungry man can be the devil himself.







Life is not a resting place; so he who wants to rest should take heed

Life is a food for dsdsthought; you have got to graduate colourfully

Life is not a military camp; spend less time training and work hard

Life is not easy; so stop pretending to live a simple life.

Life is complex, understanding it is the hardest

Life is a puzzle; only when solved it makes a meaning

Life is a poetic journey; you just keep moving until you end somewhere




Inside the heart, outside the heart, in the brain, within the living lies your body without the spirit.

The well wishers all seated, the music all gone, odours fills the place – is this heaven or earth?

Could this be hell?



This is a pun. I work up this morning with an excitement in the inside and decided to play on the first word I come across. And hey! It was FACELESS. This pun is therefore titled faceless, though I have a face and my face is lovely if you haven’t seen it already.


I’m faceless

The reason why I’m shameless

But never heartless


I speak-less

Read and write morals

Is the reason why I’m so bless


I’m timeless

I’ve learnt my lessons

Now see my blesses


I am harmless

Yet I lit their spirit

Now they worry-less


You can call me a child

My parents were never childless

Now that I’m grown they can care-less


I’m wireless

I remain fruitful cos I’m never faithless

Only faceless


The State of a Child: Child Trafficking and Abuse

Ayo Animashaun’s article “HELP THE CHILDREN” on page 70 of HIPHOP WORLD magazine, discussed the rate of helplessness of children and women in Nigeria making use of data based analysis. A quick review of his analysis states that, the statistics of mother, newborn and child mortality in Nigeria is scary. According to UNICEF, USAID, Federal Ministry of Health and WHO, every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria, giving a total of 53,000 per year. For the ones that survive, extreme poverty and child abuse (which can be physical, physiological and psychological or any act or failure to act that endangers a child) awaits them. Out of all 70 million children in Nigeria, an estimated 15 million of them work, most of them in the informal sector, where they are exposed to dangers of accidents, violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking and HIV related disease.

This information gathered has inspired a part of me to write about the state of children around the world under the popular discussed topic “child trafficking and abuse”.  Mostly, we pretend we do not know things like this happen in our localities and often we just do not care enough to address this situation. Many tag this activity to a business that have surfaced based on the vast spread effects of poverty and now becoming a legal activity in our minds even though the government frowns against it. I really do not have to dwell more on this issue, because it is a well discussed issue that have been dwelled and explained extensively by the press, bloggers and others over time. However for those who truly haven’t had the opportunity of reading or hearing information or about the activities of child trafficking and abuse, I will at the end of this provide a list of sites, books, articles or movies that will serve you better. This topic is coming up as a reminder that we still do have the issue of trafficking and abuse which is going to affect the nearest generation to come. We would also be discussing various ways in which children are been abused and possible aftermaths of this abuse. We will also be finding faults i.e. who to blame, because taking a good look at this activity, there are who to be blame.

In Nigeria, there are those who we refer to as “house girl” “house boy” or better still we call them “house help”. The people that fall into this category are significantly women and children. These children include young boys and girls, but of a truth, female gender is of a larger fraction than the male. UNICEF NIGERIA accounted that the trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic services, prostitution and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria. Children and women are recruited with promises of well-paid jobs in urban centre within the country or abroad, realising too late that they have been lured into a debt bond.

Majority of trafficked children and women are abused. Ayo Animashaun said that this abuse can be physical, physiological and psychological. They are use as prostitutes in clubs and hotels and many other social gatherings, they are also use as a medium of transporting harmful substances such as weapons, drugs and information etc. Aside this, terrorist groups around the world adopt women and children for this purpose. Those who manage to find their way out of trafficking do not find their place in the society. They are either self isolated or isolated by the society. This is because they lack the care and support needed to relate with their immediate environment.

Every trafficked boy and girl, including women end up been abused. However, there are those children who were never trafficked yet they suffer severe abuse within their home and environment. There have been increases in the rate of rape and child right infringement. There are several instances of rape within the family which involves the father, mother, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties etc. Other rape instance outside the family such as been kidnapped and raped by terrorists or armed men is another violation. It is obvious with the situation in Nigeria and the case of the Chibok Girls in the hands of Boko boys.

Only few number female house help escape molestation from the hands of their masters and guardians.

Another level of child abuse is overlabour and rejection of children from home. Many parents have a way of making the home uncomfortable for their children. This they make happen through various ways, one of such is maltreatment and obnoxious disciplinary approach. In a situation whereby a child have to work for the entire day after school and most often than not, without going to school, such a child might want to escape such abuse and there after fall into another level of abuse. The streets have never been a decent place for any child to grow. Children who run away from their home due to the rate of one abuse or the other end up on the street where they strive to survive and again get abused. Children on the street are faced with situations such as crime, kidnap, theft, threat among others as in the case of Fofo and Odarley on the street of Ghana pictured by Amma Darko in her novel “FACELESS”.

The obvious truth is that our women and children, most especially those who do not have access to education (western) and exposure fall victim of selfish business minded and money seeking husbands, mothers, friends and strangers, who promise to give the best of life to them as a reward of a short time labour, which unknown to the victim is the start of living a life of hell on earth (modern slavery). For instance, watching “Skin Trade” produced by SC FILMS THAILAND, THOR PICTURES, and BMP in the year 2014 tells us what kind of hell it is.

It is therefore necessary at this point in time to redeem our future, our mothers from the hands of the devil himself (Human trade). Trafficking of human was made legitimate in the past and has been one of the major causes of setback in African societies and other Asian and Latin American countries. Now that it is officially illegitimate, let us put hands and forces together to see that human trafficking and child abuse is indeed a past event among humanity.

The Nigerian government have put in place ‘Trafficking in Persons Prohibition and Administration Act’ and likewise, establish ‘National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP)’ in 2003.

It is important to note that human trafficking is a new model and modern approach to slavery which we have experienced in the past and we are still reaping the ill benefits of this trade till date. If truly you want to save the children or help the children, then help stop human trafficking, fight against child abuse, give the children a voice in the parliament, educate them, feed them, protect them and employ them. The causes of trafficking continue to remain poverty, desperation to escape violence, corruption, unemployment, illiteracy and ignorance.