Africa once dubbed the black continent continues unabated its trend of not satisfying needs and aspirations of its especially the youth .My heart bleed for betterment of African youth.The current nature of global conflict and the array of threats confronting African Nations require now solutions and pooling of ideas to shape a comprehensive and conclusive response.As citizens of Africa and entire we need to rise up and say a big NO to terrorism and xenophobia .Terrorism and xenophobia presents a serious and sustained threat to the Africa and Africa progress.The Terrorist and xenophobia groups seek to cause widespread disruption,fear and intimidation.They use violence as a means of publicizing their causes motivating those who might be sympathetic to them and intimidating those who do not sympathize .
What is the truth? What does it set you free from?The Webster’s Dictionary definition below says what the word truth means:”truth: being in accord with fact or reality.”Thus, the truth sets you free from anything that is NOT in accordance with fact or reality, the truth sets you free from lies/deception/illusions/delusions.The African fathers who pioneered
liberation struggle when they discovered the truth that we are under colonial bondage.It definitely brought “freedom” when they discovered the “truth” of Africa. The truth of the matter Africa was under colonial bondage.In John8vs32,then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.If you mention names like Kwame Nkrumah,Julius Nyerere,Nelson Mandela,Robert Magabe,Joshua Nkomo,Kenneth Kaunda,Jomo Kenyatta,Oliver Tambo,Thabo Mbeki,Samora Machel,Sam Muyoma,Patrice Lumumba etc.They discovered the truth that we have to be liberated from colonial rule .This names are associated with
sacrificial,liberation,instead of preaching revenge they promoted forgiveness after independence.They went to war and achieved their noble cause of truth (freedom).They paid the price in order to achieve this noble cause.There were incarcerated into prisons and others taken into detention centers for years but they never gave up but it gave them stamina for next move .They wanted to break the racial barriers as you know blacks used to be treated as dogs.During that time ,this great leaders were treated like animals because they had voiced against prejudice,racial inequality and for there countries sovereignty.They were even regarded as terrorists. They achieved the fruits of Pan -Africanism.The truth apparently is not enough as evidence shows that diplomacy is needed to be blended with history in order to satisfy the dream of our continent .
Elders you played your role for bringing freedom to Africa.Why things are now upside down in Africa?We have Boko Haram in Sombisa forests in Nigeria,Alshabab in Somalia,xenophobic attacks in SA,Rebels /war lords in DRC, Uganda Lord Resistance Army,poverty in Sub Saharan Africa,Arab Spring uprising that toppled sitting governments in Libya,Egypt and Tunisia etc.As elders of Africa have you asked yourself why this is happening.I want to be frank this is birthed from frustration due to unemployment and poverty.What have we done as Heads of States in Africa to empower our youth?Empowering its not always giving money or resources but its open door or policy which will create room for our youth to discover there potential.Youth are not security threat but are leaders of tomorrow.We need Youth to be involved in nation building and programs that seek to improve there well being.In targeting youth duty bearers we have to ensure there is gender equity and quality so that there are no disparities in our programs.Governments in Africa should not fear its citizens and citizens should not fear there governments.We need one another as Africans we can’t do without each other.Lets develop Africa.We have talented people in Africa .Lets not sideline there views and there resources.Irregardless of there station in life .Every son and daughter of the African soil has a right to participate in resource mobilization and capacity utilization so as to fully benefit as citizens of the continent.Lets ensure that youth are meaningful involvement in country level affairs before they get lured into terrorism,xenophobia,drug trafficking and other vices .Lets have an inclusive approach where every citizen feels the country ownership and so will find rebelling against fellow citizens a needless enterprise.
For this framework to succeed it must be implemented as an Africa wide project where the focal person will visit and have a continuous dialogue with Africans leaders or there proxies (AU). These is a high stakes diplomatic project that’s needs Africa’s commitment in addressing the concerns of continent citizens .
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