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Dealing with social issues plaguing our youths – Part 3

By Austen C. Ukachi
12 December 2021   |   3:27 am
The Lagos State’s White Paper on the EndSARS panel report is hardly surprising. As predicted by some pundits, the conservative elements in government can hardly accept any wrongdoing during the EndSARS...

Austen C. Ukachi. Photo: HEISALIVEBLOG

The Lagos State’s White Paper on the EndSARS panel report is hardly surprising. As predicted by some pundits, the conservative elements in government can hardly accept any wrongdoing during the EndSARS incident, and therefore, cannot assent to the injustices meted out on the youths.

Paul accurately predicted some of the signs of the End Time, which concerns youths of this age. He wrote, “But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (II Timothy 3:1-2 NKJV. According to Paul, the love for money and the craving for materialism will be some of the signs of the End Time. Paul’s accuracy in describing the present generation is so baffling.

The craze for money and material possessions has driven the actions of many youths in our time. Be it banditry, kidnapping, lawlessness, rebellion, pools betting and drug addiction, among others. These are all signs of this age, earlier predicted by Paul. However, the get-rich-quick syndrome, which propels their behaviour is universal and not limited to our environment.

Aside the challenges the youths face, some of which are systemic, our youths are a tremendous asset to the nation. Their potentials are simply enormous and must be commended and encouraged. Their outstanding talents and skills, if well harnessed, will take the nation to a higher economic and technological pedestal.

Youths are by nature very energetic, creative, adventurous and versatile. They possess a tremendous passion that makes them want to succeed. Therefore, any attempt to find a lasting solution to their problems must be holistic and pragmatic. We must seek ways to harness their untapped potentials to find lasting solutions to the nation’s problems.

It could be argued that the problems of youths were inherited from their forebears. They are products of their parents and the environment in which they live. We all emulate our leaders and predecessors. If the youths are accused of being corrupt, it is because their leaders are corrupt. If they are accused of stealing, it is because their leaders stole. If they cheat, it is because they watched their leaders cheat and were let off the hook without being prosecuted and sanctioned. They do what they see their leaders do. If our leaders were sanctioned, that would have served as a deterrent to others.

Complex as the problems facing our youths may seem, they do not defy solutions. Other countries have found solutions to the problems of their youths. It takes courage and determination to put the right policies in place that would tackle societal problems.

The nitty-gritty of the issues facing our youths borders on employment, righteousness, justice, equity and economic opportunities. Isaiah 32: 15-17, addresses one of how these values could be introduced in society. According to Isaiah, “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remains in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” (Isaiah 32:15-17 NKJV). A Holy Spirit-led revival brings about the transformation of the society and the establishment of righteous standards, equity, justice, godliness, industry, hardwork, which are fundamental to economic development. A God-sent revival will create the right environment for our youths to thrive and for a just and equitable society.‬‬‬‬