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This thing about the youths

By Chioma Gabriel

Something strange is happening among the youth. Growing agitations and cravings among the youth are pointers to the fact that the youth in Nigeria need attention.

The Nigerian society over the years seems to have moved on without attention to the youth. The old keep recycling themselves in the seat of power and in work places.

Davido’s and his late friend, DJ Olu

Growing unemployment has affected the youth in ways that have started battering their ego and damaging their psyche.

Youths are ready to cling on anything to survive. That is why the millions of unemployed Nigerian youths follow and pledge loyalty to any gang leader who could lead them to anything.

Nigeria might think it has settled the menace of youthful agitations in the southeast by cowing the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and his entire family but the nothing has been done to pacify his massive followers and keep them busy.

When the large crowd is following a man who will lead them to nowhere, it shows the youths in Nigeria are agitated and need to be kept busy, not intimidated or cowed because the problem has not been solved and will keep coming up.

What happened with music sensation, Davido and his friends is another thing. Youths are restless and ready to cling on anything to keep moving on, including drugs.

Davido as an artiste works very hard and seems to be dishing out musical videos every quarter in which he tends to dissipate so much energy and exuberance.

The video vixens in the musical displays of these talented musicians is another thing that needs attention. Is it normal for any young lady to strip naked to dance in a musical video where the artiste is fully dressed?

Have you spent time to watch the musical videos of these artistes? A video display tells a thousand stories. The open use of alcohol by artistes and the nakedness of the female dancers demand attention.

It is not just about Davido but the rest of them. Flavour, D’Banj, Tekno, Timaya, Wizkid to mention just a few. The list is endless. The youths are losing their morals. The youth are exposed to all kinds of things and it seems parents have looked the other way.

In the past, parents used to tell their growing children,’ remember the child of who you are and where you come from’. But it seems the decaying society has taken its toll on both parents and the youth. The youth don’t care about morals. Nowadays, a girl who has a child outside wedlock proudly calls herself a baby-mama.

Within the last decade, the consumption of hard drugs has drastically increased in Nigeria. Substances such as alcohol, cannabis, amphetamines among others are now being taken frequently and in large quantities by our youth.

Drug consumption encourages aggressive, violent behavior, and can be far more dangerous and potent than alcohol. Marijuana, on the other hand, often seems to reduce aggression and is more of an avoidance drug. Drugs and alcohol work quickly. The initial effects feel really good. Teenagers turn to drug use because they see it as a short-term shortcut to happiness.

Shy youths who lack confidence do things under the influence of alcohol or drugs that they might not otherwise.  Alcohol and other drugs tend not only to loosen inhibitions but to alleviate social anxiety.

Young people see lots of people consuming various substances. They see their parents and other adults drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and, sometimes, trying other substances.

The youth’s social scene often revolves around drinking and smoking marijuana . Sometimes friends urge one another to have a drink or smoke pot, but it’s just as common for teens to start trying a substance because it’s readily available and they see all their friends enjoying it. They see drug use as a part of the normal teenage experience.

Psychological complexities involved in growing up affect youths. When teens are unhappy and can’t find a healthy outlet for their frustration or a trusted confidant, they may turn to chemicals for solace.

Many teens who can’t tolerate being alone, have trouble keeping themselves occupied. Hence they crave excitement  for substance use . Alcohol and marijuana give them something to do to  fill the internal void they feel. They provide a common ground for interacting with like-minded teens, a way to instantly bond with a group of kids.

Drug consumption encourages aggressive, violent behavior, and can be far more dangerous and potent than alcohol. Drugs and alcohol work quickly. The initial effects feel really good.

The youth turn to drug use because they see it as a short-term shortcut to happiness.

Shy youths who lack confidence do things under the influence of alcohol or drugs that they might not otherwise. This is part of the appeal of drugs and alcohol even for relatively self-confident teens. Alcohol and other drugs tend not only to loosen your inhibitions and alleviate social anxiety.

Overseas, drug abuse ended the lives of superstars like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston and her teenage daughter, Bobbi.

The trend is spreading.

Its a problem among entertainers. Nigerian entertainers should watch it.

Parents should create time for their growing children, observe their behaviour to know when something is becoming abnormal.

The Nigerian government should do something fast to aider les jeunes.


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