Democracy Day: What May 29 means to a young Nigerian

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Democracy Day is just another day to stay at home

Democracy Day is just another day for young Nigerians to chill at home.

Today, Monday, May 29, 2017, is Democracy Day.

It is a public holiday that celebrates the return of Democracy on May 29, 1999, when the Obasanjo presidency was sworn into power after 16 years of military rule.

It has been 18 years of uninterrupted civilian rule, the longest stretch ever without the boys in the barracks ceasing power. Although, we have been hearing whispers of a coup lately.

 

So what does May 29 mean to a young Nigerian? Democracy Day to young people out there is another public holiday, a day they don't have to go to school or the office. A day for them to chill at home and watch Netflix or go to the beach, and a day to hang out in the mall.

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To the young Naija guy or chick, Democracy Day is just another public holiday. It holds no meaning, no special importance. What's the big deal about this day anyway?

I am writing this article with no electricity in my house. My generator is my PHCN or Ikeja DISCO or whatever silly acronym they can think of. 18 years since democracy came back to this country, the uninterrupted power supply is a myth. All we hear are silly figures thrown about but at the end of the day, only one thing matters- still no 24-hour electricity.

 

Let's move away from electricity. Life hasn't gotten any better for the millennial, the young Nigerian. The level of education is way beyond the international standard. Education is not a priority in our budgets. We rename universities with the names of politicians who have looted this country silly.

May 29 is just a day to chill and relax. On this day we are not thinking about the virtues of our leaders and their selfless service. We are not thinking of how we can make our country better since our country has never made our lives better. All we have known is a struggle while our over paid senators are thinking of more ways to make more money.

On this day I struggle to think of one or two policies from the Federal Government that has helped young Nigerians. All I can think about are the obstacles and silly programs like the NYSC that has outlived its usefulness.

 

Today, we young Nigerians enjoy the extra day to rest at home before we resume the life of hardship thrown on us by selfish leaders. Democracy Day means nothing to us than a day to be at home.



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