The “Internet Generation” Refuses To Budge, Insists The Old Must Go!


The new generation of Nigerians popularly dubbed as the “internet generation” has set a benchmark for who rules the country called Nigeria from 2023: no one beyond the age 60 is expected to feature in any further elections; also, according to them, people who have “tasted” power repeatedly are to vanish from the scene including those guilty of holding offices multiple times. These are some of the fallouts from the just concluded #EndSars protest march across the country. The youths are enraged that the “old generation” has failed the nation woefully and as such their dismal performance will no longer be tolerated. The youths charged that the finances of the country should have been better managed by them obviously because they are not the greedy type. They blasted the old generation for being opportunistic, selfish and extremely uncaring, which is directly responsible for why they—the youths—have no future left unless they intervene now! It is not known how they intend to push the old generation out, but judging from utterance from some members of the old generation, it is not likely they would have their way. This is simply because the old generation appears not to be perturbed by their rantings. One of them—name withheld—urged the youths to rather proffer solutions to help solve whatever they perceive as the nation’s problems. The “elder” pointed out to the youths that since the inception of this democracy, youths have always participated. They mentioned Chukwu Emeka Chikelu, Frank Nweke jnr, Osita Chidoka, Emeka Nwogu, Godsdey Orubebe, Labaran Maku, Abba Moro, Stella Oduah, Mike Onolenmemen, Tonye Cole, Kemi Adeosun, Ifueko Omoigui, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, Nasiru El-Rufai, Rotimi Amaechi, Orji Kalu, Dakuku Peterside and Yusuf Kazuare and Ali Pantami. The ‘elder’ queried the youths for being too hasty when in actual fact they are known as the “phone generation” using the precious gadget for all the wrong reasons. The “elder” reminded the youths that at no time did the nation’s leadership abandon the youths only that they too are abject failures—engrossed with obscene wealth. The ‘elder’ pointed out that Salisu Buhari was Speaker at the tender age of 28, advising that rather than focus on who becomes who in Nigeria, they should go to school, read and become inventors of technologies that would give them financial edge just like the owners of “Facebook”, Twitter”, “Microsoft”, etc. The ‘elder” asked derisively: “What do they want those 60 and above to do? To go and die?”