As Nigeria continues to grapple with many of its shortcomings amidst insecurity, poor power supply, strike, and economical instability, Nigerian children on Children’s Day have lamented that it is all a credit to the irresponsibility and evil-mindedness of its leaders.
Children’s Day is a commemorative date celebrated annually in honour of children, whose date of observance varies by country. In Nigeria, it is marked on the 27th of May.
In an interview with children aged 8-18 years, they expressed their dissatisfaction with the way Nigeria is being governed.
While some have already disowned the country as their country of birth and waiting for the slightest opportunity to relocate, others pour out their hearts, pointing out that the leaders are not facing their leadership responsibilities and that they allow evil to reign.
Muiz Oladimeji, Muslim Community School, Idiaraba Mushin, Lagos says the leaders in Nigeria are “bad. They are bad because they allow people to be kidnapped and they are always bombing everywhere.”
Muiz, 6, who was close to tears says he would love to be a footballer in the future because he loves the game.
Asked about what he likes about Nigeria, Muiz said “Nothing”.
The youngster, however, says he likes his dad because”he always takes me to restaurants and stores like ShopRite.”
Moses, Ayomide Elizabeth viewed the leaders of Nigeria as “irresponsible, because they are not doing what they are meant to be doing as leaders.”
Asked whether she has a future in Nigeria, the fourteen-year-old says “of course, I have a future in Nigeria and around the world. I feel God has a plan for me in Nigeria and that’s why I was born here.”
Elizabeth says she’s yet to decide on her future ambition and that she doesn’t like anything about Nigeria except the meals.
Obalanlege Davies Adeyinka, of Okota Senior Secondary School, (15) described Nigerian leaders as “corrupt”. Davies said, “it’s really bad to live in Nigeria because we don’t have good leaders.”
Hoping to become an accountant in the future, Davies says of both parents, he prefers his mum because “she’s always close to us.”
Obalanlege Emmanuel, 6, says one word to describe Nigerian leaders is “bad because they don’t give us light and my daddy has to drag the generator every day.”
Emmanuel says he loves his mum because she always gives him lovely things. Asked whether he is happy to be born in Nigeria, the six-year-old said “No, because living in Nigeria always means no assurance of electricity.”
The youngster also said there’s nothing he likes about Nigeria.
Moses Temitope Alfred says all that he loves about Nigeria is the weather conditions which are not too harsh. “The weather is what I love about Nigeria. It looks okay to me, but Nigeria is not too good to stay in. The country is corrupt and we don’t have good leaders.”
“I prefer my mum because she always gives me what I ask for. Though, sometimes, she would have to tell me to work hard in school and add some conditions.
Alfred, 16, says he wants to be a footballer in the future because”it is my talent and I really love it.”
Alfred says he has no hope in Nigeria.
“Nope. It’s not too good. It’s corrupt.