By Saheed Ibrahim
Aclarion call has gone to Nigerian youths to use their creative energy and abundant technological endowments to create jobs instead of seeking temporary sojourn in other countries under the guise of Japa.
This challenge was thrown to them in Akure by the Chairman/Editor in Chief of Owena Press Limited, Sir Ademola Adetula while receiving executive members of the Akure Chapter of the Junior Chambers International JCI.
Adetula expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerian youths to change the current negative narrative of the country as the poverty capital of the world.
“Running away from Nigeria will not solve the problems bedeviling the nation, and our youths must replicate what others are doing in their respective countries, he stated.”
Adetula said the youths are the ones taking over the world and finding solutions to global problems, stating that Nigerian youths must also respond to the problems in the country and use their creativity to provide solutions.
He said jobs could only be provided when we are ready to solve internal problems, saying those running away from Nigeria are only used to solving problems of other countries.
The sage journalist appealed to the Nigerian youth to use their energy and resources to help their society rather than channeling them to dubious acts.
“We must open our eyes and be responsible and do the needful. The foreigners see Nigeria as a marketplace. They won’t wish we can develop even if we want to.
We are already in chains but must free ourselves from economic slavery. Nigerians can make a lot of money by solving the problems in Nigeria or West Africa. Our internal problems are gold mines that the youth can use their brains to solve.
“For those that have not yet Japa, I appeal to you, all that glitter are not gold. There is no gold mine anywhere. You will only be used to solve the problems over there.
“We must stop our over-reliance on religion. God has endowed us with abundant resources, the black man must change his attitude. No miracle will help Nigeria unless Nigerians are willing and prepared to be more creative,” he explained.
He appealed to JCI to galvanize its members and the youths, in general, to be problem solvers.
Sir Adetula further said that many social misdemeanours in Nigeria stemmed from the uncontrolled use of drugs that have permeated every stratum of the society and thanked the NDLEA for cracking on drug barons.
Earlier, the local president of JCI, Mrs Abimbola Odoginyon had solicited for the support of The Hope newspaper to enable the organisation achieve her lofty objectives
Mrs Odoginyon, said the group, as it has been doing, saw the need to sensitize the youths on several social debacles in the society and how to channel their energy and resources to make the society a better place for everyone.
While highlighting the pervasiveness of rape, Yahoo Yahoo Japa syndrome, incest, parental abuse and other social vices, she pleaded for collaboration with the first and only Ondo State print medium to sensitize the youth against such vices.
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