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Nigerian youths are full of spunk abroad, but gas at home, Wole Soyinka to youths

Nigerian playwright Professor Wole Soyinka said that young Nigerians are full of courage abroad, but of gas at home.

He urged young people to stop posting irrelevant things on social networks. He said this at the official launch of Solution 17, in Lagos.

“Nigerian youths are full of spunk outside but when they are inside Nigeria, they are full of gas. We are building a generation of illiterates. They are the first to comment on the internet on issues they are ignorant about. When you talk about education, I get texts from the New Generation and can’t believe these texts are from the youth.’

Soyinka tasked Nigerian youths to be proactive in asking their civic rights from the government.

“The Nigerian youth schooling outside the country reminded me of what it was like to be a student in racist England in the 50s. You always wanted to have a Jamaican with you when you were in a fight because Jamaicans never understood the term, ‘surrender’.

“When I decided to build my century in the forest, I bought a second-hand diesel generator and asked someone to dig a borehole. I wanted it to be self-sufficient. What I want to pass on to you is that I thought of the possibility of being self-reliant. This entails that I can come to cooperatives with others and demand things from the government by any means necessary.”

Concerning the aspects of Solution 17, Soyinka remarked that specialists have studied the model and it is essential that we concentrate on the details. Quoting the popular phrase, he recalled that “the devil is in the details”.