On Yahoo-yahoo boys and girls – Part I
O you who believe! Protect yourselves and your families from a fire which shall be fueled by people and stones… (Quran 66: 6)
They are youths whose souls appeared to have been sold to Mephistopheles. These are youths who have become scribes and clergies in the cathedral of Beelzebub; the cathedral of materialism; cathedrals where ‘libations’ of blood and death are constantly poured to appease the gods of money, of wealth and the craze for quick fortune. They are usually called ‘leaders of tomorrow’; we often refer to them as futures of the nation. Yes. They do consider themselves as belonging to the future; not to today. They prefer the pleasures of here and now; they prefer the chimerical and the delusional; they constantly run after the ephemeral not the eternal.
Youths of today. Not of tomorrow. These are youths who compete among themselves not in erecting pillars of love and peace but in destroying the flowers of hope. They take drug. They kill. They plunder. They maim. They have chanced upon the magic of life- how to devour, like human lions in the jungle, their fellow humans in the pursuit of the world; how to ‘passionately’ copulate with beasts in the wild in this deranged pursuit of wealth.
But by what do we know them? By their brands and logo. By their names and sobriquets. They bear names of Fisq, of iniquities – Badoo. Eiye. Planks. Yahoo-yahoo. Aye. They bear cognomens that are unknown and unknowable to the loins that bore them.
Where exactly do they reside? In our homes. On our streets. In the underground. In our universities and colleges. In our secondary schools. They live in homesteads without address and direction. They are here and there. Young boys and girls. Yes. Girls. Girls in secondary schools who have incisions on their femininity. Incisions of darkness. They are like birds of Ababil –Ababil- birds of evil, of licentiousness, not of and for righteousness and good conduct. Back at home, they are angels but as soon as they arrive the underground, they become devils with horns of thunder and fire.
Youths of today. Not of tomorrow. These are youths who constantly work in cahoots with the shrine; they have firm beliefs in the extra-physical. They rely on powers of darkness- on herbalists. I never thought herbalists could be found in the north of our country until recently when three agents of hell in search of the unknown murdered a policeman and plucked his eyes out in the knavish thought that eyes of their fellow humans could become the magical wand and the fountain from which naira would flow. But whatever happens in the north does not stay in the north; whatever begins in the south usually end up in the north. Yes. In this instance, two other instances from their roguish and fiendish ways bear recollection. Yes. The unfortunate girl never knew that it had been her destiny. She never knew she already had a destiny with death and that she would first be deprived of her eyesight, in the most fiendish way, before she would be sent to the great beyond. That happened to be the unfortunate destiny of the university girl in the south-south. She was murdered by three young boys who wanted to live life before their time. He was murdered too.
Yes. Victor was murdered by youths in search of lucre and illusions of life. They abducted him when he came to his homestand in Osun state to see his grandmother. Again working in alliance with an herbalist who was reported to have given the prime suspect information about their unfortunate victim, these liquidators of hope and happiness entered the room where their victim was sleeping at night, subjected him to the most inhumane attacks and forced him to transfer three million naira into their account. Out of desire and desperation to prevent the victim from seeking redress, they bundled him into the booth of his vehicle, took him to the outskirt of the town and ultimately sent the vehicle ablaze.
I know you would probably wonder- where have we got it wrong as a society? Why is it that our society constantly produce these elements which remind us of the evil in us as a nation? Where have we got it wrong? I am of the strong opinion that we all know that gangterism and youth violence thrive whenever and wherever youths are attracted by money, power and glamour. Whenever youths dream not of anything else but of riding in flashy cars, of wearing massive gold jewelleries and of having big bank balances; whenever youths dream of becoming the controllers of the underground and the underworld; whenever youths lose touch of the solemn and most profound meanings of life then gangterism becomes the order of the day. Societies that produce become theatres- of murder, robberies and kidnappings.
But this has always not been new. In other words, human history teaches us that every centre of civilization always run the risk of becoming and producing centres of barbarism. Societies and families that produce heroes and heroines are usually the ones that produce villains. But not always by force. Most of the time by choice. By conscious intervention of the critical segments of the society.
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Oladosu is a Professor of Middle Eastern, North African and Cultural Studies
Dean, Faculty of Arts,
University of Ibadan,
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