By Odumodu Gbulagu
The society we abuse today, will take its revenge on our children tomorrow – (Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State, and PDP Vice Presidential Candidate)
The greater percentage of the Nigerian children lack every necessary thing it takes to be a child, and to experience childhood.
From toys, good playground, chocolates, care of the parents and guardians, and even basic necessities of life.
Most of these kids engage in child labour, just to help carter for the family, and automatically turning to adults as kids.
Failure of leadership and religion in Nigeria are some of the greatest contributors to the deprivation that our kids suffer.
The number of out of school children in Nigeria has risen astronomically, instead of decreasing.
Most primary and secondary school classrooms in many parts of Nigeria are nothing compared to a pen where poultry are reared; yet we expect to raise leaders of tomorrow in an environment where animals can’t even thrive.
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In northern part of Nigeria, the Almajiri system is a serious impediment to childhood, as kids as young as 6 years are settled with plates, then taken to the streets to fend for themselves.
They strive to survive under the scorching sun of the dry season, and are drenched in rain during the rainy season; while scavenging even the refuse dumps to find food for their little stomachs.
Kids as young as 8 years old are married out as child brides to men old enough enough to be their grandfathers under the guise of religion.
They end up having Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF), as their reproductive systems are not yet matured to handle what they are being subjected to.
Average Nigerian kids are seen every corner of the road, in every traffic and highways, hustling and hawking things to make ends meet, while the children of the politicians schools outside the country.
The future of most Nigerian children are bleak!
They are not the leaders of tomorrow!
Their great grandparents will still continue to be the leaders of tomorrow.
I heard we were the leaders of tomorrow when growing up, but till date, as an advanced man, we still hear the same thing while the same old people sit tight on power.
Like Peter Obi rightly opined, the society our leaders abused are already taking revenge on our children today.
The Boko Haram members, Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers, bandits and others that wreak havoc in our country today are all as a result of the society our leaders abused yesterday.
Happy adult’s day to Nigerian children once again!
You fend for yourselves and are already adults as children.
Odumodu Gbulagu can be reached at: [email protected]