By Inok Solomon
“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change.”
Governor Ayade greatest Sin today, is his commitments to awake the too many people failing to remain awake during this period of social change. His commitments to inject into the political system new blood. His engagement of the teaming youth of Cross River into the political playground.
“Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions.”
Too bad, that the protectors of political status quo, had for long kept the youth far from getting a grip on the real game and build a future that can serve them to greatness. Political groups had all turned to fraternities of indifferent, not minding the collapse and decay in the general system as long as they remain in power and in control.
“Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenges of change.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
How long will we have to remain thugs? How long will we keep destroying our very future with our own very hands? Blinded by the deciet of those who had created for themselves and their children Heavens on earth while we hang outside their gates chastised by their dogs and gatemen who are our own brothers?
Is a man who steal education for us as slaves, knowing with that we will come to understand the true meaning of freedom, become our enemy? Will we sell him out to our slave masters just to gain the title of slave overseer yet a slave?
“The freedom and human capacities of individuals must be developed to their maximum, but individual powers must be linked to democracy in the sense that social bitterness must be the necessary consequence of individual flourishing.”-Henry Giroux.
“Darkness cannot drive out hate; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”-Martin Luther King. Jr.
There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.-John F. Kennedy
Cross River Youth, can our saviour become a sinner to us? We need to as a matter of fact, realise as true what Bertrand Russell said, “The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the youth.”
Mahatma Gandhi pointed, “If we are to reach real peace in this world..We shall have to begin with the youths.”
This is a time for bold measures. This is the Cross River State, and we are the generation.
Arise Cross River Youth!