By Caleb Adebayo

Marlians: TOWARDS the top of 2019, a brand new motion started to emerge in Nigeria, primarily among the many younger adults. This motion was characterised by a ruthless disregard for authority, morals or acceptable behaviour and a eager inclination in direction of taking of medicine, superior price fraud, societal disobedience and uncouth language.

They known as themselves “Marlians”, apparently in assist of the favored musician, Naira Marley, who had gained exceptional fame through the 12 months. Very quickly, the Marlian motion had gained floor, with college students of all ranges and different younger individuals figuring out themselves as Marlians who had “No Mannaz”.

The musician’s songs may be heard taking part in in every single place on the streets and his disciples grew at a speedy price, giving him a cult-like following from tens of millions of Nigerians. In actual fact, he has been attributed because the president of the Marlian motion. It’s also throughout this era that Nigeria marked 10 years of bloody assaults by Boko Haram, with over 37, 500 individuals killed since 2011. It additionally marked 5 years for the reason that Chibok ladies kidnap by the group which has no less than 100 of those ladies nonetheless in captivity.

Issues continued to escalate within the North-East, till July final 12 months when Boko Haram unleashed terror in Nganzai and killed no less than 65 individuals, with about 10 individuals hospitalised. Varied different Boko Haram assaults continued all year long, and in December they returned to a city close to Chibok to each kill and abduct.

In October, we had the Onitsha market fireplace from the explosion of an oil tanker. The fireplace which began about two hours after the oil tanker spill raged for hours and killed 5 individuals, together with a mom and her child and destroyed billions of naira value of properties because of the ineffectiveness of the hearth service within the State.

A number of months earlier than, we had the illegal arrest and detention of Omoyele Sowore for alleged treason. In November of the identical 12 months, we had the Social Media Invoice, searching for basically to unnecessarily regulate social media free speech. In December, we misplaced Moradeun Balogun due to the incompetence of the healthcare system. We had numerous circumstances of police brutality and so many ills that rocked the nation. In the direction of the top of the 12 months, Fisayo Soyombo, a journalist went undercover to Nigeria police stations and prisons to disclose the endemic corruption that went on there in addition to in our courts.

Sadly, this didn’t pattern. Little or no youths engaged this as with the opposite incidents I’ve talked about. For many who engaged, it was for the slightest whereas, and it was in a bid to leap on a transferring prepare merely to benefit from the wind. Would possibly I additionally point out the exodus of Nigerians to Canada and different international locations in the hunt for inexperienced pastures?

There isn’t any doubt that there’s widespread apathy for the nation, particularly amongst youths. The common Nigerian doesn’t care concerning the authorities or what it does. They don’t imagine within the sincerity of elections, the independence of the judiciary or the workability of any Nigerian methods.

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To the typical Nigerian, regulation enforcement is a rabid canine whose leash will be held by anybody so long as the cash is true. Training leaves a lot to be desired, healthcare is non-existent, and the younger Nigerian merely needs a manner out – a fast technique of being profitable and having fun with his/her life.

The rise of ‘yahoo yahoo’ and different fraudulent practices is on the rise; extra younger individuals are resorting to medicine and crime and lots of extra are getting used as political thugs. There’s hardly any compassion for the nation or willpower to struggle for no matter stays of it. As a substitute, a egocentric want to reside free and disrespect any current norms is what fuels the youth. Actuality TV exhibits present some respite from the problem-riddled life the nation creates; so we have now tens of millions of youth poring over these exhibits and disregarding the unhappy occurrences of the Nigerian state, as a result of the occurrences have turn into nearly regular.

It’s heartbreaking, nonetheless, as a result of, how can we lead as younger individuals when we don’t even know the issues that beset us and how one can repair them; how can we maintain the reins of the nation when we don’t care about her?

I used to be talking to a gaggle of scholars at a college occasion final week and after their great shows, I lamented at what number of of them will go away the room forgetting the grand concepts they proposed, as a result of Nigeria will hit them, and when made to decide on between being a Nigerian – and preventing for these concepts, propagating options on their social media – and being a Marlian, they may select the Marlian manner as a result of it’s simply simpler, extra enjoyable, extra in vogue and so they determine that maybe Nigeria will not be value that a lot hassle.

Immediately, ethical decadence may be very prevalent in Nigeria, and with it, the numbers of solution-thinking, change-making people are dropping. With the already crippled schooling system we have now, the Marlian motion has additional inspired individuals to be college dropouts, to discover illicit intercourse and medicines, to interact in crime and get-rich-quick schemes and to ignore regulation enforcement.

That is what our youngsters are rising up into and because of this our youth can not problem the established order.

It’s alarming how a rustic with so many sensible, gifted and expert individuals will frequently be led by the worst coterie. This may by no means change so long as we select to be Marlians quite than Nigerians-patriotic, offended Nigerians. I don’t make a case for the Nigerian authorities or its companies – not within the least- I make a case for Nigeria.

Caleb, a lawyer and commentator on improvement points, wrote from Lagos


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