It is time for young people in Nigeria to stop complaining about politics and start to change things.
Our parents witnessed the glory and splendour of Rome. We were born at a time when the eternal city was being sacked by Visigoths. All we have seen is ruin and waste.
Usually, election season comes and goes with young Nigerians not really concerned about ballot boxes and voter cards. The last election which took place in 2015, witnessed a turning point as many young people trooped out to determine who Nigeria's next leader will be. Many were optimistic that the country that had hardly done anything for them will finally make them a priority.
Unfortunately, this has not been the outcome. The new administration has proven that is made up of the same old tricks. Now in a recession, and a humanitarian crisis in Borno, young people are questioning if it was ever worth it. The optimism felt last year has shredded faster than the Naira losing its value.
Since the return of democratic rule in 1999, two out of four of Nigeria's Presidents has ruled this country before; Olusegun Obasanjo in 1976 and Muhammadu Buhari in 1983. One of the reasons why young Nigerians are fed up with the political system is because it is more or less a revolving door of the same people that led Nigeria to this mess in the first place.
With the turn of events within the last year, there is hardly any difference between the two main parties in the country. This doesn't create any form hope the young.
According to Christian history when Saint Peter was fleeing Rome due to persecution, he met Jesus on a road outside the city. Peter asked Jesus, 'Quo Vadis? (where are you going?') and the Messiah's answer made Peter turn back and go to Rome where he preached till he was martyred.
Just like Peter, young Nigerians have to go back to a place they have no interest in and play an active role- politics. Millions of Nigerian youths do not belong to a political party. At best we are observers of the fools comedy known as Nigerian politics.
Sitting on the fence is pretty but it is not a way to determine how your life plays out. When we were kids, power supply was a big issue. Ashamedly, it is a big issue till today. The sad part of this is our kids are being born into the same conditions of a poor power supply, bad roads, a dead education system, and no health care.
The quality of life we live in the next 30 years depends on us and not old politicians who bring up the same excuses as to why things never get done. We can't change the way things are by merely tweeting and ranting online. The Nigerian youth has to enter the system to change it from the inside in.
The first step is to register with a political party, and then actively participate in the party's gatherings, meetings and events. It is from this level that young people can try to change the status quo. For those who are not impressed with the political parties we have now, they can go ahead and create a new political party, even though that option is way harder.
The key is to do something. Our voices need to be heard and a movement should be created. The young need to establish an active force that will challenge the corrupt and tribalistic thinking of our politicians.
30 years from now, it will be a shame if our kids and grand kids have to beg for funds for a kidney operation or have to stay at home for months because lecturers are on strike. We are the ones we have been waiting for. The time is now.