Today, there is a clarion call to making a difference in the world over. Unfortunately, the youths who are supposedly the leaders of tomorrow are complacently oblivious to this timely call. Should the labours of our past heroes fade into nothingness? This anomaly begs the question: WHO WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Of course the answer is not farfetched: the youths. It follows that youngsters must awaken from restiveness and contribute their quota in making Nigeria a better place by imbibing these three indispensable traits that makes for change.
Firstly, having the right attitude to life is the foundation to any lasting change. When youths realise that they have a purpose in life it will help to shape their lifestyle. They will be able to put their priorities aright and will be more than willing to give their best in serving others and stand for what is right at all cost. It is ATTITUDE not ABILITY that will take one to one’s zenith. Therefore, youngsters need to have a proper perception of themselves. They are not here merely to occupy space but rather to be a positive plus to their society. They should take a cue from the youths of the recent century. These youths were intellectuals, dogged and above all, disciplined. The likes of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Funmilayo Ransom Kuti among others. They had the right attitude to life and the legacy they left behind still rings through Nigeria today.
In addition, the reading culture of the average Nigerian youth is abysmally poor. That is why it is often said “if you want to hide a thing from an African, write it in a book” And true to that remark, many a youths in our country will rather than spend ample time in their study, busy themselves on the internet browsing obnoxious sites, engage in endless small talks on the social media as well as posting ‘selfies’ on facebook almost around the clock. Those in school read their books not because they want to know but just to get good grades at the end of the day. But if truly leaders were first readers and this bad habit is left unchecked, our youths will wound up as blind leaders leading their followers to doom. Ben Carson the great neurosurgeon once revealed that he began to make definite progress in his academics shortly after he abandoned himself to reading. And the spectacular feat he has so far achieved in modern medicine shows that reading does not only pay off but also makes one outstanding. Nigerian youths must without delay tune off from the world of frivolities and read themselves out of the cocoon of mediocrity.
The last but by no means the least, young graduates should look out for something a lot better to do with their lives than to be chasing after white-collar jobs where they only settle down to carry on the same routine every day. They must realise that there is more to life than what we get out of it, what brings fulfilment is what we are willing to offer it before our exit. Remember, Edison gave the world electric bulb. Alexander Graham Bell left us a gift that took telecommunication to her next level; the Wright Brothers made history through their incredible invention; Bill Gates made a difference through his revolutionary invention: Microsoft. Nigerian youths should quit their appalling craze for money through get-rich-quick schemes and begin to look inwards; they have what it takes to change the world positively. Our youths are prodigiously endowed with great talents that if properly harnessed will turn Nigeria around for good. Young engineers, educationists, lawyers, economists, and medical doctors should not just work for remuneration but they should be driven by the desire to make a difference in their own niche.
In conclusion, the call to making a difference is timely. If young people will resolve within themselves that they will put up the right disposition to life, give reading its proper place in their life and channel their ability aright they will, without an ounce of doubt, make a difference that will reverberate in the centuries yet to come.