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Renowned lawyer slams Buhari and Nigerian youths, read what he said

Many Nigerians are uncomfortable with a lot of things today especially compared with their expectations of the Buhari-led administration, but it has been more of criticisms and blaming the guys in power. Nigerian lawyer, activist and entertainment industry stakeholder Audu Maikori lends his voice to the current situation in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Audu has a number of misgivings about the current administration but unlike many others he has made efforts to right the wrongs in the system in his little ways, to the point where he had a gun pointed at him by the police for leading a peaceful protest in 2010.

In this open letter to the president, the entertainment bigwig faults the current system of governance, raises key questions about the existence of equality and democracy in Nigeria and finally calls out the youths of today for what he perceives as a shoddy participation in the political mix.

According to him, many youths who are paid to orchestrate social media campaigns today are nothing but pawns in the actual game. He also berates the youths involved in arguments about one political party being better than the other. According to him, all politicians in Nigeria today are players of the game with the same.

Chocolate City founder and president Audu Maikori slams Buhari, provokes Nigerian youths in open letter

Chocolate City founder and president Audu Maikori slams Buhari, provokes Nigerian youths in open letter

Read the open letter below:

“I am angry. During the last elections Nigerian youths were galvanized and they voted massively for change from the previous administration. The results showed the role the youth played in effecting this victory for the ruling party. So when there was a delay in ministerial announcements, I was hoping that it meant that President Muhammadu Buhari was searching for few of these young men to bring into his cabinet, ginger up the place, launch new ideas, and change from being seen as a ‘northern President’ to a Pan Nigerian President. But of course this didn’t happen, many of [the youths] were soon discarded and instead, they were quickly relegated to become media trumpeters; good for retweeting, taking pictures and releasing press materials to the public but not for much else.

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“Not one ministerial position was given to any person below 40. Indeed the youngest Minister is 48 years! Some of you may justify this by saying that age isn’t a thing, or that Buhari couldn’t find younger and more experienced people below that age – but remember that Buhari was 41 when he became Head of State in 1984, meaning his ministers were between 30-40 years old… yet in his second coming he chose people from the ages of 50- 70 as his team!

“Now if we are practicing democracy why shouldn’t the majority have their way? If 60% of Nigerians are youths, it means that 119 million Nigerians are below the age of 35 but not even 10% of the present cabinet are youths. How is this fair representation? The term “youth” is like a disadvantaged group similar to widows or orphans as they consider any positions or opportunities given to youths as ‘CSR’ or a ‘favour’. All very patronizing. But the question is who made Nigeria the biggest African economy today? Was it the 40-70 year olds? No, it is the youth. The greatest opportunity Nigeria has today is its youthful population! Yet the Youth can only have their say (online), while the “adults” have theirs (on ground). That makes me angry and you should be angry too.

Chocolate City founder and president Audu Maikori slams Buhari, provokes Nigerian youths in open letter

Chocolate City founder and president Audu Maikori slams Buhari, provokes Nigerian youths in open letter

“Young man and young woman, the implications of this are enormous – it means that the people who were ministers in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s were about 25-40 year olds, yet today very few people under the age of 30 have even held a local government chairmanship position! So are we moving forward or backwards? These ‘adults’ determine how you live, but you say you are free! They collect taxes, fines, incentives, etc. and they accept the monies happily with no thought of your ‘age’ or ‘inexperience’ but if you ask for a chance to shape and make the future of Nigeria they tell you to hold on…you are too young!

“But you aren’t too young to donate to their campaigns, abi? You aren’t too young to die for their candidates, abi? But has any of them died for you? You are only good as social media consultants because they don’t understand technology not because they would ordinarily have hired you otherwise. You are good as rebranding consultants, abi? But when it’s time to help rebrand Nigeria, we hire foreign firms to do that. The youth won the war but they didn’t get any of the booty from the spoils.

“The Gods are not to blame
“But I don’t blame them, I blame you! Because your sole aspiration in life is to make money, be famous, drive a nice car, get married, and go for summer in London with the kids! You have never thought of sacrificing your luxuries for a greater cause – that of the future of your country which incidentally includes your London-bound kids. So you would rather leave politics/ governance because it is a ‘dirty’ game. You don’t want to get your hands soiled, abi?

“Well if politics is dirty game, why can’t you be the hand wash? Why can’t you be the disinfectant? Instead you leave people who proclaim their patriotism (by mouth only) but [are] also ready to sacrifice their immediate comfort for a greater prize – ‘elected office’, dirt and all and the sad thing is that half of them aren’t as educated, passionate or as innovative as you are but what they lacked in those areas, they made up for through their willingness to consult, mobilize, finance, convince and win people over with their words and promises – the result of which is that they become your leaders…and you their subjects. That’s not where it stops, it means that they can determine whether or not you will remain in business, or whether you can set up a business at all or how your family lives, how they are educated, how you are taxed etc. They can determine if you can even get forex to spend when you eventually go to London for family holidays.

“I am angry at the ‘Facebook warriors’ and the ‘Twitterati’ whose passion for their own future is epitomized by frantic retweets, rants and online brawls which either complain, soliloquize or attack people purely on partisan matters which even they do not clearly understand. They are mere pawns in the game. I am angry…. because I am one of them! So I am very guilty too!

“We the people of this country called Nigeria submit that we were all created equal and no man or woman should be discriminated against as a result of religion, ethnic bias, education, lineage and most especially age. It’s time for our people to take responsibility for the future of this country, it’s time to stop blaming President Buhari, GEJ ,OBJ and all the other past leaders for the past failures because that’s what the word connotes – it’s past!

“Stop shouting APC or PDP is better because it’s a lie. They are the same! It’s the same players who just changed their jerseys!

“It’s time to fight for the future because that’s all we have left and time is not on our side ….and they will not hand it over to us easily, we have to wrest it from them …That’s after all how it happens in real life. That’s how they got it from the colonial masters and let’s be honest if you were in their shoes you would do the same.”

Looking at everything Audu has written and considering the arguments from his stance, we summarize his open letter in 10 points viz;

1. It is unfair that President Muhammadu Buhari mobilized the youths and won a major election in Nigeria in 2015 through their efforts yet didn’t see it fit to appoint any of these young minds for a ministerial position in the current administration.

2. President Buhari was 41 when he first became head of state in 1984, so technically his ministers were within ages 30 and 40, but he chose much older ministers now for his second coming as Nigerian leader.

3. If Nigeria truly practices democracy as is widely publicized, why does the majority not have their way in our polity? In clearer terms, if 60% of the population is made of youths then 119 million Nigerians are under the age of 35 yet we have less than 10% of this population in the current cabinet.

4. There is no fair representation in Nigeria today.

5. The youths make the economy what it currently is and not the 40 to 70-year-olds, hence they need not be disadvantaged as they currently are.

6. Youths pay taxes, fines and other forms of incentives. Youths vote and contribute in other areas, youths give their all, some die for their candidates hence they aren’t too young to be part of shaping and making the future of Nigeria by occupying public office.

7. Youths who are used solely for online campaigns and social media activation in politics are merely pawns in the game.

8. No use shouting about one political party being better than the other, it’s the same players, the only difference is a change in their jerseys.

9. It’s time to fight for tomorrow because that’s all we have left and time is far spent.

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10. The leaders in power will not hand over power easily, the youths have to put up a determined approach towards assuming key positions.

Audu Maikori is a 40-year-old Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur, social activist, public speaker, creative industry professional, and the founder and president of the Chocolate City Group which boasts of some of Nigeria’s biggest music stars like MI Abaga. Ice Prince Zamani, Jesse Jagz, Ruby Gyang and Victoria Kimani, to name a fe

Audu is very active with social activism by funding and participating in a variety of youth empowerment projects. Audu was a key member of the Enough is Enough rally in 2010 which was aimed at addressing poor governance issues in Nigeria, during which he had a face-off with the Nigerian military police when he refused to back down after a rifle was pointed at him in a bid to stop him from leading the peaceful protest to the gates of the National Assembly.

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