“At the end of the day, one of the greatest educations you learn as you grow up is that most people around you won’t help you. You are responsible for you.” So says Robert Kiyosaki. He is right.
MICHAEL JACKSON, the late acclaimed ‘king of pop’, did a song by that title, “They don’t really care about us.” He was correct.
Mr. Jackson knew what Robert Kiyosaki knows: No body gives a fawk abat you.
Especially now not even your government.
(I apogize, this is gonna be a long post. If you don’t like reading long letters you might as well stop here and now)
I believe it was in same spirit of “Nobody cares abat you” that that American said “Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
Imagine that? “…Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
And this phenomenon is global; governments across the world don’t care about their citizens or the future of the youths. Politicians are speaking falsehood up and down – left, right and centre. They are stealing and or wasting public resources under many guises. Political leaders have become grossly incompetent; concerned now only about their political survival. Government owes the citizens certain infallible obligations; isn’t that right! Isn’t that supposed to be right?!
Aren’t we supposed to have leaders and administrators who sincerely care about education?
Where are the good ones? Where are the leaders who care?
These are serious times…indeed.
Nigeria; a special country (with special problems) – blessed of God with natural and human resources. We are fawkingly blessed. We know that. The world knows that. Yet our problems are enormous and gets complicated everyday. Our politicians and national and local leaders are myopic and grossly incompetent. Our national sins are gross – let’s not even begin to ‘wash it’ here; this page will overflow in the wetness.
The evil that we do in the name of politics and governance heaps to the high heavens.
No one fawking gives a damn as long as they vicariously profit from the malaise. It’s a ga-darn conspiracy – to keep the people blinded, poor and deprive them of necessary, proper and affordable education, while they can fund their kid’s studies “Away” using ill-birthed resources. Yeah, this is Nigeria; that’s how we roll.
Any reasonable people and country understand that the future of a people or a country is in its brothers and sisters or fellow citizens (especially the youths) getting the properly deserved education.
And so the biggest and most profitable investment a person/people/country can make is in education. In Nigeria, education is the least investment.
Education; in Nigeria, that’s the first thing the government strategically denies you.
What is wrong with our system?! Something is terribly wrong. Something has got to be terribly wrong.
How can a country move forward and lay proper foundation for its future and take advantage of and play a vital role in local cum global medicine, technology etc when its higher institutes are shut down every now and then for the incompetence of and obvious deceit of so-called ‘leaders’?
Must ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) always be on strike? In Nigeria that’s a usual thing.
I studied in India. I spent just three short years for my BCA – Bachelor of Computer Applications). In my first semester, I got an email from my Faculty. That email informed me on every thing I needed to know, do or get for the duration of my program. I mean, classes, tests and exams, holidays and everything in-between. And that schedule was never broken. No strike.
In Nigeria the day you get an admission to study in a College or University is the day your frustrations begin. The first lesson in seriousness that you will get is the lesson on “Who’s the boss?” The system is the boss and you are just a fawking peasant and they are doing you a favour letting you study in the “Hallowed Manor” – campus.
Second lesson: never mess with any chic the professor likes – the prof. is boss and you don’t want to spend seven years for a four years program.
They impose irrelevant things on you and you can never question.
While you are surmounting these challenges, the government decides to play politics with your life, refuses to honor simple agreement as it backs out of a properly agreed upon terms of engagement with the greedy and selfish professors and schools management council.
Then you are fawked; ASUU declares strike. “Go home!”
Do we have real leaders in Nigeria? Do they really care about our future? No they don’t. No body cares about the future who does not take education seriously. Anyone who takes education seriously would never allow the system to close down on a strike.
President Jonathan; I was wishing he would be different having being part of the academic system as a teacher. But no they are all the same.
Strike is an evil visited upon students for no fault of theirs. This has got to stop.
If you are a young person (student), or you have or know somebody who is, please be kind enough to remind them ‘…the government does not care about you’. The school system/professors don’t care about you. Only about themselves. Selfish fawkers.
Don’t expect anyone of them – politician or professor, to do anything better except it is in their interest. And then not because of you. Because of them.
Dear Student, Uncle and Parents, what should you do? Is there anything that you can do to help the situation? Should you be able to do anything to help the academic situation where and when everyone is asked to “Go home” for no fault of theirs other than that they accepted to be students in Nigeria?
Should you support ASUU and enforce an “Egyptian type” protests to force the Fed. to honor and execute a simple terms of agreement it willingly entered into with these egotistical class of homo-sapiens?
Should ASUU just go back to the classroom whether the Fed is good or not with the “bone of contention” agreement?
The answers to that will be as diverse as the population of Nigeria.
Maybe you should just not ever let your kid(s)/wards school in Nigeria again. Just take them to Ghana or Togo or maybe India. No academic strikes there.
What if you don’t have the resources to have your kids study abroad?
Don’t ask me…use your head, time and resources (read, money) wisely; just take care of yourself. That’s all.
They don’t give a fawk about you. Don’t expect them to.
Anybody who expects the system/government to take care of them wants to die young. Do you want to die young? God forbid!!!
Good education is no longer for the poor. Yeah? Can you imagine!!
Where is the voice of the National Association of Nigerian Students in all of this? — Don’t even ask me that question!
So to all those students in Naija who are hoping to finish and get a job and begin life ihave a question for you: do you want to really postpone your life for years in pursuit of a degree? Who knows how long these strikes may take or how often in between before graduation day!
A government that is unwilling to fight corruption because it is benefiting vicariously from it, a government that is unserious about road construction and infrastructure, a government that is selfish and egotistical can never and will never give a fawk about you. They have nothing to offer you. This is the kind of government we have in Nigeria.
All our leaders care about is to fight shamelessly in Parliamentary chambers and winning elections so that they can grant themselves oil blocks.
What should you then do?
Start living your life – degree or not. Graduate or not. Start living your life now. Don’t wait for a piece of paper. The system is messed up really and has nothing great to offer you. If there is something you would want to be or do, be and do it now. Begin today. Look inward. Identify your talent and start working on it to make it better. Why wait?
I don’t know what else to tell you. Just know that they don’t care about you – whether you get a good education or not is none of their business.
Ahh, hold on, I have one advice for the student: Be a student, Think and Act like a CEO. That’s who and what you are. You are a student; but you are the CEO and boss of your life and future. Not the government. Not the professor.
The government and professor may make your academic life miserable, but in all other areas of your life try to make them extremely irrelevant.
Begin working. Don’t wait for graduation day.
Keep that in mind and take care of yourself. That’s all…for now.
Oh, I just remembered I need to make an important phone call. OK, bye!
Stanley G. Jack
MD, Stanley Wallstreet Limited
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Stanley is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!
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