OpEd, Politics

If not now, then when?

I intend to talk to different groups of people in this article. At first, I want to talk to young people who are being underrepresented and sometimes misrepresented, but who go missing from the table where the present and future decisions are being made.

When youth are invited to attend, for instance, a symposium, they do not attend it not because they are doing things of equal importance to it, but because they have either gone to gym places to build their muscles or to hotels with girls or unfaithful women. Other places they are muchly observed in are places where elders, particularly politicians, sit to discuss people instead of ideas of great importance to South Sudan.

Youth should ask questions such as, how is the present preparing us? What kind of youth representatives are witnessing the preparation of the future for us? What understanding of the future do youth representatives have?

How is the situation of the future now in the hands of the present? How capable are youth representatives to fight when they see other parts of the future being wrongly prepared by the present? And the list of questions continues.

In my personal opinion, I see the future as not well mentored, not well prepared and that, it is in custody. Undeniably, youth are part of the present, but their affairs are often referred to as the future. How far is the future to youth? Future begins some minutes ahead from the very moment one defines the future. If youth are told today that it is their tenure to take South Sudan to the next level, then how prepared are they to accept such a challenging task?

Youth are not prepared, not even two, three or four of them are prepared. What makes youth unprepared up to this very late moment? Poverty has enslaved youth so much that their exact duties and obligations are influenced by the ways they predate their survivals. Hunger and unemployment have disarmed youth of their participation in the agenda of life.

Despite all this as the whole world knows constraints are part of life, it is not too late for youth, particularly youth representatives, to begin renovating the foundation of youth who are the future leaders.

Secondly, I want to talk to leaders who are obliged to prepare youth to defend and lead the country in future. Merit leaders are leaders who leave their countries not in messes of struggle for power when they are called to serve in heaven or retire. This is because they have already prepared their successors. It is not too late for any leader who has not prepared his/her successor now to start preparing his/her successor.

Thirdly and lastly, I want to talk to the citizens of South Sudan who always wish they were citizens of another country, not South Sudan. Do they know how special is South Sudan in the hearts of other citizens of different countries? Your country is your country whatever situation she often experiences. Because of this, nearly all South Sudanese ask for what South Sudan can do to them instead of what they can do to South Sudan as said by John F. Kennedy.

It is not too late for South Sudanese to start asking what they can do for their beloved nation in the post-peace period after total acceptance and embracement of peace are now being implemented. If we identify the setback and delay in addressing it, what appropriate time are the angels of God waiting to tell us?

As soon as an obstacle is spotted, it is wise to deal with it as early as today. There is no better day to start fixing South Sudan like today. If we do not start fixing South Sudan today, then when do we start fixing it?


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