FREEDOM WILL NOT BE SERVED ON A PLATTER OF GOLD: FELLOW NIGERIAN YOUTH, THE TIME IS NOW!
You may be sitting as you read this, but by the end of this speech, will you still be sitting or standing up for your right? If today will be your last on earth, what possibly could you wish for? An hour fame or luxury- a box of gold or diamonds- or a trip to the world's seven star hotel? If any of these is your wish, am dissappointed you have one of the most useless souls parading this 21st century.
My names are Akolawole Shoremi. I am patriot. My religion is humanitarian. I am embarking on an adventure of fate tied to the destinies of all Nigerians across the globe. I have dreamt and I've seen. I saw a man at the end of a journey- a journey of faith and redemption. That man is our freedom, and the journey is 'THE REVOLUTION!'
Your history teacher might have told you so many stories about this failed state, whatever, am less concern about the past as I was trained to deal with the present and help create the future. All I want you to know is that you are a victim of human-to-human injustice, which is the greatest crime on earth. Your birth rights have been sold. Your human rights have been shattered. All you have left is your future right- that right is your right to a secured future- that right is the revolution meant to change your entire life and that of your unborn generation.
I don't share the belief that the world is ending soon. Men who forecast so are only seeing an end to their own lives. And I am not disputing that Nigeria will not be great as prophesied by some men of God. What I don't know is if God promised to come down on earth to lead a struggle for us... Many nights ago, while the moon was up with the evil minds set to work, a voice came across the continent of Africa. It was a voice from above. The awakened youths in Egypt, Libya, and Cote'd Ivore heard the words at the speed of a breeze. They've acted and the giver of the voice have supported. Here in Nigeria, the voice was almost trapped but there was an echo. My fellow youths were not only asleep, many have snored off. The few of us who heard the echo was able to pick the words amidst the reverberation. The words were- "ARISE AFRICANS, YOUR DESTINIES ARE IN YOUR HANDS!"
My heart bleeds that millions of Nigerian children have not seen the walls of a school. Millions are wandering in poverty. Millions have no place of abode. Millions are uneducated. Millions are surviving through prostitution. Graduates are graduating into robbery. Good certificates are tied to examination malpractices. Air planes have become disasters. Road transport is claiming unaccountable lives, and the political influenced 'Boko Haram' is taking away from us our loved ones with periodical bomb blasts. In a nutshell, an average Nigerian has become a corrupt individual being a victim of a configured and polluted economy under the leadership of a first-class corrupt government.
The truth however remains that there is nothing criminal about an average Nigerian. A guilty man is only a product of a guilty environment. An average Nigerian would no more be corrupt if the society he lives permit him no access to corruption. Hence, it can only be better with a leadership that abhors corruption. Sadly, the actors of our government just as their predecessors, from the military to this era of civil-dictatorship rule, are products of corruption with their antique experience tied to the weariness of shallowed thinking. We are the majority while those who manipulate us, though powerful and disastrous, are minority. But they can never be mighty than our strategic and physical coalition.. We must hold them accountable and ensure none of these bandwagons get away with it, ranging from the presidency to those in shadows. What sort of comfort is it you have that makes you forget the poor ones, the powerless, the voiceless, the beggars, families without homes, the orphans, and those whose lives are being torn apart by political violence? Be aware you will be part of those to account for their blood if you take no step to stop their pains.
If you are not yet inspired to demand from your fellow black man your freedom of rights, you absolutely have no reason to complain if being ridiculed for being a Nigerian. So I am starting as the man in the mirror- I am volunteering to be among the men in the arena, whose face shall be marred with tears, dust, and blood; who is making effort to solicit for a profitable freedom for my people; who shall reclaim the birth and human rights of the voiceless; so that I will never be among those cold and timid souls who knows neither victory nor defeat. We must stand up for our rights because our freedom will not be given to us on a platter of gold. No messiah is coming from heaven because we are the heroes we seek for. What you are about to witness is a mutiny between the oppressed and the oppressor. This event will be historical. This event is about to be triggered in your brain. Are you still sitting?
Welcome to the revolution...