The Sierra Leonean Youths are the future problems of tomorrow

The political machination of takeaway packs and how it has been used to steal the consciousness of young people.

Still the same. August 12th, the day set aside for the commemoration of youth day is always met with long and boring conferences, seminars as well. But that’s not it! The assurances and promises by politicians have not been forthcoming. Young people are the most marginalized, deprived, and frustrated set. But, do you know why?!

You don’t? Okay, let me inform you. This is because the silence of the most fortunate and privileged ones are bought with takeaway packs. Well, I don’t mean food packs alone. Their silence is bought with unmerited or undeserving certificates, accolades, or even mere snapshots with politicians. Has there ever been a youth uprising since the 70s and 80s? No! So the most popular and high achieving young person you know is probably tied to a political party or system. When that party is out of the political race, he assumes the role of an activist. When his favored government is in power, he becomes a public speaker and an accessory to opportunities and spotlight.

My point is: we have consecutively had useless youth conferences with empty talk. Another, is that we have the most insincere crop of them who are moved by acclamation and applaud— whether for the right or wrong reasons. This explains why we have a significant number of ambassadors, but young people who opt to be commercial bike riders due to lack of opportunities are molested by the police. Guess what! The politicians are actually breeding a new set of youths who will inherit their selfish character. I for one witnessed and saw it.

The youth are not the future leaders of tomorrow, they are the potential problem.

Author: Delvid Stanley-Coker

Delvid Stanley-Coker is a dedicated writer and editor for The African Dream. His passion and desire to publicize the appreciable department of Africa and voice out the prevalent ills of society have adequately contributed to the promulgation of stories of different sorts. Email: WhatsApp: +23276737886 Facebook: Delvid Stanley-Coker.

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