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Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by SKYTREND(m): 6:41am On Sep 08, 2018
Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu

Nigeria Columns By Dele Momodu 8th September, 2018: Fellow Nigerians, let me start on a personal note today by repeating a story you are probably familiar with. Anyone who has followed my trajectory a bit would have heard this story for the umpteenth time. I moved to Lagos from the ancient city of Ile-Ife in 1988 at the age of 28. I had spent most of my adult life in the historic township but suddenly reached a dead end when I could not even find a job of a teacher, with a Master’s degree in Literature-in-English. All my friends had something to do except me. It wasn’t that I was dull or lazy, but there was embargo on appointments and promotions in higher institutions at the time.

Let’s now fast forward. I started writing articles at the behest of my best friend, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, who was teaching Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University and my pieces soon ignited fire in the Sunday Tribune and The Guardian and I became known here and there. Due to joblessness, I was advised to try my luck elsewhere in Ibadan or Lagos. My preference was to work at The Guardian newspapers, but I couldn’t secure a job at Rutam House. I was then introduced by my late friend, Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo to the Editor of African Concord magazine, Lewis Obi, who agreed to employ me instantly. But this is not the main story. The meat of it is that I was reluctant to work at Concord Group, which was owned by Chief Moshood Abiola. And my grouse was based totally on unsubstantiated stereotyping and false stories that ignited raw sentiment and foolish emotion in me.

Chief Abiola had been demonised by several powerful forces. His major offence was his opposition to Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Presidential ambition in 1979, and the role played by the Concord media conglomerate in not supporting a man who was practically deified in Yorubaland. Abiola was thus seen to have committed heresy and had to be nailed to the cross. But by far the most potent and lethal attack came from the one and only irrepressible Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who produced and released a monster hit, International Thief Thief, in which he called Chief Abiola all manner of unprintable names. I still don’t have details of what led to their skirmishes. Of course, as a Fela devotee, we never saw anything good in Abiola thereafter, and we blocked our minds to ever liking a man who we were told was an oppressor, a religious fanatic and a looter of Nigeria’s wealth. We never bothered to crosscheck the facts or fiction but we believed everything hook, line and sinker. Truth was I secretly admired the man and wished I could be like him but hearsay made us dislike him. It was hunger that saved me from hating a man I did not know.

The first lesson I learnt was that hunger does not discriminate. There is a Yoruba saying that “when you are hungry enough, you will accept food from your enemy.” I was too hungry for a job to have a choice, so I accepted the Concord offer most reluctantly but with automatic alacrity. The second lesson came after I resumed work at Concord. Contrary to the rumour that Chief Abiola was a religious bigot, I discovered that he was too liberal to force his faith on anyone or group. He was totally detribalised and gave everyone his due. The closer I got to him, the more I gained insight into one of the greatest Nigerians that ever lived. I became a fan, and later his adopted son. I decided to join hands with others to rescue his battered reputation which were actually firmly rooted on the altar of politics and personal squabbles. It was such an uphill task because negative perception is often most difficult to change. But I thank God for the uncommon opportunity to come close to Chief Abiola, a rare privilege that made it possible for me to purge my mind and soul of acquired and accumulated bile.

Since then, I have remained on the side of caution and tolerance. Journalism has also taught me to mellow down my temperament in dealing with people. I have imbibed the legal aphorisms that you must always listen to the other side and that a man is innocent until proven guilty. Moreover, I have been able to differentiate between my routine job and my personal opinion. I realised that many journalists have failed, and still failing spectacularly, because they could not distinguish between the business of journalism and their personal sentiments. For example, journalists are seen and expected to be the lamb of God who take away the sins of the world while all other professions and careers are at liberty to do business with everyone, including saints and sinners. The fact that Thisday or Punch newspapers report government activities daily or transact business with different governments does not mean they can’t write opinions and editorials against the same government they had promoted or projected, if and when the government is misbehaving. It is the height of illiteracy, and hypocrisy, to treat the people you criticise as enemies and vice versa. The very essence of freedom of speech and democracy is to speak to power as a corrective measure and not as vendetta. Thereafter, you must let the music play on.


http://skytrendnews.com/2018/09/08/nigerian-youths-just-ranting-dele-momodu/

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by gaby(m): 6:45am On Sep 08, 2018
Davido boy, why are you taunting and mocking us? Keep shaking the table.

Waiting for my learned mates to come give you a well-deserved rebuttal soon.

So, this is a quote I made at the end of my book in my siggy...

"By what time the battle is over and my time on earth is come to an end, I'd love to be remembered as one who saw, identified, believed in and fought for a cause that is just".

What cause have you taken upon you to see through folks...

Enjoy my siggy

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by SKYTREND(m): 6:58am On Sep 08, 2018
How is momodu a Davido boy? Just asking no ni o

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by StillX10(m): 7:10am On Sep 08, 2018
Is he now saying that he has attained fame that no Nigerian youth has?

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Femiolu2000: 7:14am On Sep 08, 2018
StillX10:
Is he now saying that he has attained fame that no Nigerian youth has?

I guess you are one of the people he's talking to, you didn't read the article before ranting? grin grin cry cry cry cry cool cool cool grin grin cheesy

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by gentlegenius(m): 7:20am On Sep 08, 2018
Nigerian youths are ready... But only if old cargos like buhari will give way.

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by StillX10(m): 7:21am On Sep 08, 2018
Femiolu2000:


I guess you are one of the people he's talking to, you didn't read the article before ranting? grin grin cry cry cry cry cool cool cool grin grin cheesy
eyaah
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by SKYTREND(m): 7:28am On Sep 08, 2018
StillX10:
eyaah

you guys are clowns..

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Dreamkiller: 7:52am On Sep 08, 2018
Dele momodu, how much is nomination form? Follow buy for youth make we see.

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Ridhwan1(m): 11:01am On Sep 08, 2018
Yes!
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Saheed9: 11:01am On Sep 08, 2018
Fayose said God told him he'll takeover power in 2019, but he's yet to purchase his form, is that not act of disobedience or he's waiting for late form

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by fvck(m): 11:01am On Sep 08, 2018
Lolzzzzz lazy yots, they only come to nairaland to rant

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Benekruku(m): 11:02am On Sep 08, 2018
"Normal Ranting"


Nigerian youths still need about 5 decades to get to maturity.


Using Nairaland as a Case study, One can easily deduce the fact.

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Naijawebmaster: 11:02am On Sep 08, 2018
Age shouldn't be a criterion to vote a president. Leadership Intellect, SINCERE desire to CHANGE Nigeria and SELFLESSNESS should be priorities before age.
Truth is most youths, if given the opportunity now, will worsen Nigeria's situation. Take a clue from SUG politics.

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Ventura1: 11:03am On Sep 08, 2018
I think Dele Momodu is actually the one ranting, he only follow wherever his big belly directed him

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Amosjaj(m): 11:03am On Sep 08, 2018
Fvvk you dele momodu for asking stupid questions

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by RedBororo(m): 11:04am On Sep 08, 2018
MAKE THE SALARY OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND SENATORS EQUAL TO LEVEL 15 SALARY IN THIS MINISTRY AND THEN YOU SEE THIS OLDMEN BECOMING PASTORS.FOOLISH HIM

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by Wiseandtrue(f): 11:05am On Sep 08, 2018
Is Dele Momodu campaigning for himself or ranting

He ended up talking about himself and no armour to equip or challenge the youth on the subject matter!

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by four4: 11:07am On Sep 08, 2018
gentlegenius:
Nigerian youths are ready... But only if old cargos like buhari will give way.
nobody give you power, you can only take power

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by RexTramadol1(m): 11:07am On Sep 08, 2018
Ds table u are shaking




Ur pikin dey dia sef o Dele
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by anny268(f): 11:07am On Sep 08, 2018
Where will a youth get 25-50 million for nomination form?

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by ipobarecriminals: 11:08am On Sep 08, 2018
undecided the same yweets u dey carry bag go meet in Government house.campaign for dem online abi.Daf.t fat criminal
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by buchilino(m): 11:08am On Sep 08, 2018
I THINK NIGERIAN YOUTHS DO MORE OF RANTING. BUT I WOULDN'T BLAME DEM FULLY COS DEY R D VICTIMS OF THE WRECKED SYSTEM IN DIS COUNTRY
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by dingbang(m): 11:08am On Sep 08, 2018
where is the money to run? i was even expecting yahoo boiz to run for positions but they are so stupid enough to waste the money on girls. cheesy
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by hisexcellency34: 11:08am On Sep 08, 2018
See who is talking. Dele Seku Seye

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by deliveryboy: 11:08am On Sep 08, 2018
I am of the opinion that many (most) Nigerian youths who want to see a great Nigeria can hardly give an articulated discription of what a good nation should look like neither can they lay out a detailed plan on achieving a successful nation. It is easy to see the level of emptiness of the Nigerian youth by their posts on the social media, hardly can one grasp any depth of thought by scrolling through feeds on Facebook or Twitter if not for their usual 'epic responses'. As the popular saying goes, 'a people get the leaders they deserve'. Youths must position themselves in pedestal of opportunity by acquiring relevant literacy in modern education, human skills, leadership skills and deep sense of purpose (no one can reside on Instagram and expect to receive a letter to become a CEO of any organization), embrace the hardship involved in self development but do not conform to life of hardship, make sacrifices by volunteering to do meaningful projects or groups. Lastly, register a business today, no matter how small and commit to it. As for the present times, our youths are not ready to lead this nation.

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by shox(m): 11:08am On Sep 08, 2018
Just ranting and hiding behind keyboard
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by LordAdam16: 11:10am On Sep 08, 2018
Just stup*d ranting Momodu! Very useless bunch! All talk no substance.

-Lord

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Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by 93Miles: 11:11am On Sep 08, 2018
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Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu

Nigeria Columns By Dele Momodu 8th September, 2018: Fellow Nigerians, let me start on a personal note today by repeating a story you are probably familiar with. Anyone who has followed my trajectory a bit would have heard this story for the umpteenth time. I moved to Lagos from the ancient city of Ile-Ife in 1988 at the age of 28. I had spent most of my adult life in the historic township but suddenly reached a dead end when I could not even find a job of a teacher, with a Master’s degree in Literature-in-English. All my friends had something to do except me. It wasn’t that I was dull or lazy, but there was embargo on appointments and promotions in higher institutions at the time.

Let’s now fast forward. I started writing articles at the behest of my best friend, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, who was teaching Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University and my pieces soon ignited fire in the Sunday Tribune and The Guardian and I became known here and there. Due to joblessness, I was advised to try my luck elsewhere in Ibadan or Lagos. My preference was to work at The Guardian newspapers, but I couldn’t secure a job at Rutam House. I was then introduced by my late friend, Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo to the Editor of African Concord magazine, Lewis Obi, who agreed to employ me instantly. But this is not the main story. The meat of it is that I was reluctant to work at Concord Group, which was owned by Chief Moshood Abiola. And my grouse was based totally on unsubstantiated stereotyping and false stories that ignited raw sentiment and foolish emotion in me.

Chief Abiola had been demonised by several powerful forces. His major offence was his opposition to Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Presidential ambition in 1979, and the role played by the Concord media conglomerate in not supporting a man who was practically deified in Yorubaland. Abiola was thus seen to have committed heresy and had to be nailed to the cross. But by far the most potent and lethal attack came from the one and only irrepressible Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who produced and released a monster hit, International Thief Thief, in which he called Chief Abiola all manner of unprintable names. I still don’t have details of what led to their skirmishes. Of course, as a Fela devotee, we never saw anything good in Abiola thereafter, and we blocked our minds to ever liking a man who we were told was an oppressor, a religious fanatic and a looter of Nigeria’s wealth. We never bothered to crosscheck the facts or fiction but we believed everything hook, line and sinker. Truth was I secretly admired the man and wished I could be like him but hearsay made us dislike him. It was hunger that saved me from hating a man I did not know.

The first lesson I learnt was that hunger does not discriminate. There is a Yoruba saying that “when you are hungry enough, you will accept food from your enemy.” I was too hungry for a job to have a choice, so I accepted the Concord offer most reluctantly but with automatic alacrity. The second lesson came after I resumed work at Concord. Contrary to the rumour that Chief Abiola was a religious bigot, I discovered that he was too liberal to force his faith on anyone or group. He was totally detribalised and gave everyone his due. The closer I got to him, the more I gained insight into one of the greatest Nigerians that ever lived. I became a fan, and later his adopted son. I decided to join hands with others to rescue his battered reputation which were actually firmly rooted on the altar of politics and personal squabbles. It was such an uphill task because negative perception is often most difficult to change. But I thank God for the uncommon opportunity to come close to Chief Abiola, a rare privilege that made it possible for me to purge my mind and soul of acquired and accumulated bile.

Since then, I have remained on the side of caution and tolerance. Journalism has also taught me to mellow down my temperament in dealing with people. I have imbibed the legal aphorisms that you must always listen to the other side and that a man is innocent until proven guilty. Moreover, I have been able to differentiate between my routine job and my personal opinion. I realised that many journalists have failed, and still failing spectacularly, because they could not distinguish between the business of journalism and their personal sentiments. For example, journalists are seen and expected to be the lamb of God who take away the sins of the world while all other professions and careers are at liberty to do business with everyone, including saints and sinners. The fact that Thisday or Punch newspapers report government activities daily or transact business with different governments does not mean they can’t write opinions and editorials against the same government they had promoted or projected, if and when the government is misbehaving. It is the height of illiteracy, and hypocrisy, to treat the people you criticise as enemies and vice versa. The very essence of freedom of speech and democracy is to speak to power as a corrective measure and not as vendetta. Thereafter, you must let the music play on.


http://skytrendnews.com/2018/09/08/nigerian-youths-just-ranting-dele-momodu/



Sai Baba till 2023.
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by tatibillion: 11:11am On Sep 08, 2018
Ask them oo
Re: Are Nigerian Youths Truly Ready To Run Or Just Ranting?, By Dele Momodu by slivertongue: 11:12am On Sep 08, 2018
Just Ranting? dey care more of supportin GMB, Atiku, Makarfi, Lamido,Saraki &oda failed leaders. dey are after dia moni

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