wo critical issues dominate the news in and on Nigeria today. One, popular Nigerian artist Tekno has been called in for questioning by the police and is under investigation over allegation that he was filmed in a glass truck with semi clad girls dancing on poles while he was throwing money at them. Twenty-six-year-old Tekno is refuting accusations by the police that he was shooting the video as an advert for a strip club. Tekno says he was shooting the scene for his music video, which makes sense.
Another major crisis in Nigeria today is that Operatives of a Taskforce in Nigeria’s Niger state on Tuesday shaved the hairs of some youths who were caught wearing `uncomplimentary hairstyles’. According to the news piece, `the youths were apprehended roaming about with funny hairstyles while the officers resolved to shave their hairs after they were interviewed by the officers’.
Nigeria has a population of 200 million people more than half of whom are youth below 30 years, a national unemployment rate that is frankly a national emergency with at least 60 percent of Nigeria’s 200 million living below the poverty line.
Given these dire scenarios above, caused by the theft of the future of over 100 million Nigeria’s youth from the mismanagement and looting of the country’s abundant resources by its older generation, it is deeply disturbing and painful to note that the issue or crises for national authorities in Nigeria at any time would be (1) the `funny’ and `uncomplimentary; hair styles of its youth and (2) the threat of `semi-clad’ young girls dancing on poles.
We may not be able to provide employment and income generating opportunities for our youth, we may have stolen their future, but we must ensure they are not semi-clad while dancing on poles, and they must have the right kind of hairstyles; whatever that may be.