Youths and moral degradation: Getting it right
By Rabiu Adeyika Mohammed
For quite some time back, there were a lot of concerns and expectations on youths to an extent to which the belief was that they are considered as the future leaders of the nation. Such concerns and expectations were genuinely muted because of the vision and hope that they (the youths) would be ready to face the challenges ahead.
No doubt, the leaders we have today were once youths, but one needs to dig down for the kind of commitment they were having and the labour they engaged in before attaining to their current position.
They may have sacrificed all joys to work extra or hard to aim to become relevant in the society. They passed through schools (not such schools or colleges passing through them) and later picked up jobs in their various careers and rose through the ranks to excel.
But in today’s society, a number of the youths have derailed from taking such steps that will lead them to success. A number of them abuse drugs today thus limiting their chances of becoming prosperous in life. Some of them turn to something else that even the society is not proud of them.
A lot of guidance was given to them on how to forget about abusing illicit drugs and substances but to no avail. Some are even taken to reformatory centers for reforms, but to the surprise of all, the menace among the youths seems to be on the increase with Northern part of the country taking the lion’s share of drug addicts who are mostly the younger generation.
So with this and many more revelations, one may wonder if at all the youths of today can actually lead the country right in the future. Setting our priorities right, as youths, has become a great challenge.
There this understanding or belief that the youths are the pillars that hold every country, but I am afraid, the youths in the nation may be the erosion that will eventually sweep it away. This is because moral degradation is taking course now thus eroding the future. And with the youths that have been beclouded by delusion, the future of the country may be bleak.
One may not imagine tagging a show which is far from the reality. Its organizers may put forward a cajolement that they want to empower youths. After penetrating all hearts, the motive may change into something else.
In fact, it may be described as so repugnant to say that the youths of today have the habit of prioritizing frivolities, and show no interest in important issues.
Is so annoying that when it comes to election period, they (the youths) go extra mile to vote for someone who may not have any concern on them. They do this without genuine focus and vision, but just to keep their favorite in the show. By so doing, they may end up making the rich richer and them becoming poorer.
I am afraid, the coming generation will have no moral value to exhibit. This is because; the future parents who will inculcate morals into them are yet to acquire one. Youths of today see anything that pops out money as good. There is great danger ahead, only few that reasons will sense it.
On the contrary, a lot of beneficial programmes are there fading out by the day due to lack of sponsorship. I once heard of a teacher’s reality show which the overall winner took home N1 million. That is so despicable, when someone was being rewarded with huge amount of money for being unethical.
In order to get it right, moral education is imperative. Sensitisation is crucial. Youths have to be enlightened on preferences, to tell them what to prioritize and what not to. They need to be shown the reality and how to make the best out of it. So that they can take charge as the future leaders that they truly are.
If they are to tackle this virus that has found its way into their moral life, parents, government and society have roles to play. The parents have to bring back the virtues and rigorously teach their children.
As Africans, we have our norms and values therefore, the government should constantly make policies that strengthen and further propagate the moral tradition of past generation. Also, the society should discourage any form of immorality and always celebrate the good ambassadors.
With these I believe we have a headlight.
Mohammed is a student of Mass Communications, Bayero University, Kano and can be reached via his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.