A Call To My Fellow Millennials

A Call To My Fellow Millennials

The major news that trended on Friday 20th of August 2021 was the wedding of the only son of President Buhari, Yusuf Buhari, to Zarah Nasiru Bayero, the daughter of His Royal Highness, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi.

The whole country was waiting for pictures and videos of the event. When they dropped, the reaction on social media was hard to read.

There was a portion that was actually wishing the new couple a happy married life while there was another portion that seemed to be wishing the couple well but with not-so-subtle malevolent inclinations. For example, one comment read; “Happy married life, may your marriage run as smoothly as your father is running the country” and another read; “Best wishes on your marriage, may it be as successful as the fight against your brother bandits and Boko Haram.”

There were many similar, if not worse comments, and it got me thinking, how vile and dark one’s heart have to be to think of most of these hateful comments or wish them to a young couple just beginning an exciting new chapter of their lives. It is said in the bible; “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29) and in a Hadith narrated by Bukhari, a Muslim which says; “Let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day speak good, or keep silent.”

The trend of trading insults on social media because of differences of opinion, be it political, religious, or otherwise always amuses me; grown-ups and otherwise sensible individuals raining curses and what-nots on each other. Whatever happened to a civilised conversation where superior arguments always prevail?

Talking about civilised conversation brings us to another topic of interest, FFK vs Pantami before the former was invited to “chop,” a twitter user wrote: “The fact that I was one of those that was defending Honorable Isa Pantami when he was under attack by the Nigerian media, and he still agreed to a picture with Femi Fani Kayode who called him ‘a cold-blooded beast’ during those days, made me sick.” When I saw that tweet, I was tempted to ask that user what he thought Mr. Pantami should have done? From what I observed, most Nigerians fight over their parochial interest with the most amusing one being a fight over the political party or politician they support.

Having a difference in opinion does not mean you have to be enemies, and this is something most Nigerians do not seem to understand. The same FFK was seen with Pantami calling him my friend and brother. Most of the politicians that attack each other publicly are friends in private, if not friends then they are at least civil when they meet. So, I see no reason why individuals should resort to name callings and engaging in other despicable acts on their behalf. We should learn to respect and try to understand each other’s point of view and not just blindly attack based on some preconceived prejudiced thoughts, at least that is what a decent, civilised human being would do.

This is a call to the present generation, who happened to be the majority in the use of social media platforms to respect each other’s point of view without resorting to insults and abuses, but instead to resort to what we call constructive criticisms that will offer various solutions to our problems which are multifarious, multifaceted and infinite.

Mubarak Ahmad writes from Abuja and can be reached on ahmadmubarak.alkali@gmail.com

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