Fela Durotoye, a 2019 Presidential aspirant, has cautioned Nigerian youths against being a wasted generation that hands over problems to the next generation of Nigerians in the next year’s Presidential election.
Durotoye stated this while making a presentation on The Platform in Lagos on Tuesday.
He said in 2019 elections, Nigerian youths have to decide for themselves whether they want to be a generation that solves problems or a generation that simply hands problems over to another set of generation that should have it easier.
“Whenever a generation has a choice to make, they can choose to either be a wasted generation or they can choose to be a great generation.
“Now, a wasted generation is any generation that hands over a disadvantage to the next generation and says it’s now up to you to fix it.
“A wasted generation enjoys constant power and then hands over generators to the next generation. A wasted generation knocks out water from its taps and knocks out education from its schools and therefore does not want its own children to go the same schools that prepared it for leadership.
“We have inherited a nation that isn’t really working much, but that’s not good enough a reason for us to bequeath a nation that doesn’t work to the next generation.
“So, my question is, in 2019 as we must make up our minds today, we’re going to ask ourselves: Are we going to be a wasted generation.
“If we’re not going to be a wasted generation, the only option we have is to be a great generation.
“A great generation is a generation that hands over advantage to the next generation. A great generation is a generation that solves problems for the next generation and teaches them how to solve their own problems.
“You don’t pass problems on to the next generation; you pass solutions and problem-solving techniques, institutions and systems.
“If we’re going to build that great nation, we as a great generation must accept, believe, commit and deliver it.”
Meanwhile, Durotoye, last month reacted to a controversial statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerian youths.
He said, “The Nigerian youth I know are born with wings, we just need real LEADERSHIP that believes in us to release us from this ‘CAGE’ and we will SOAR like Eagles.”