Yes. The French President is 39. What a Wawu!! Sadly, Nigeria is nowhere near achieving this feat, but we may not be so far. Before I say anything else, I want to point out the fact that he didn’t just come from the blues. He paid his dues and disrupted the political system by creating a new party just last year and he is now going to be the youngest president in the history of France. This was a deliberate action! According to Wikipedia, he was a member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009. Macron was then appointed as Deputy Secretary-General under François Hollande’s first government in 2012. He was later appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014 under the Second Valls Government, where he pushed through business-friendly reforms. So he has been actively involved in politics for the past eleven years.
Ok. Let’s bring it home. I am not political writer or activist, so this is going to be short and concise. Macron’s achievement, no matter how phenomenal it seems, should not in any way dwarf the efforts our youths are making to disrupt the systems in this country. We have seen the likes of Japheth Omojuwa, Debola Williams and a host of others breaking barriers and carving milestones. To cut the long story short, our youths are stepping up. Look around, there are a lot of young people contesting in the Lagos State LG elections. There is even a 27yr old contesting for the LG chairman position. This is where it starts! If we want to see the emergence of Nigerian Macrons we need to plan towards it.
Now this is where you and I come in. Come out en masse and support them come July 22, 2017. Don’t just sit down at home and be monitoring election results from your iPhone 7 or Samsung S8. Take it to the streets! Don’t just go on Twitter and be retweeting hashtag #OurMumuDonDo. What are you doing or planning to do about it?
Let’s take massive action. The time is NOW! Posting a tweet will not change the situation. Neither will doing a Facebook post or WhatsApp broadcast. What we need is ACTION! Enough of the talk.
When it pinches us enough, we will take action. Nobody coerced the Uber drivers and partners to take to the streets today. It pinched them enough, so they decided to raise dust. Please, let us do the needful. The fact that a Macron has emerged should pinch us to get into ACTION and maybe we might get to see a Nigerian Macron in our lifetime.
I remain yours sincerely,