I visited a family member who lived in his property in Owerri. The man who would later become the king of Owerri asked me: “Ndubuisi, how are you doing with studies in FUTO?” I responded: “Sir, Abacha is causing problems in Nigeria. He is making things very hard”.
Immediately, he corrected me: “Ndubuisi, your Abacha now is FUTO and you need to do well, graduate with good grades, etc. Leave Abacha for us”.
That conversation remains evergreen. Yes, one needs to know what his “real problems are”, and then work to deal with them. This is not to say that young people should not pursue causes and activism. But the key thing is this: understand when you can make impacts.
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Simply, your sentences cannot start and end with Buhari 24/7 because on most of the issues, you have no control over them. Spend some of that energy on things you can control.
I like young men and women who live in Naija – they are better than those living in Nigeria. Some do not pay so much attention to the mess, focusing on building their startups and being in control of what they can control. They do pay attention occasionally, but the Abuja mess is always under control, in their minds. They put the mess where it belongs!
Win your mind on Nigeria; move to Naija.
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