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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Only London?

The Arab uprisings were not surprising, given the largely young, unemployed population and sit-tight regimes of North Africa and the Middle East.

On the other hand, the British riots have shocked many who believe that the youth of London do not have a cause. But this Londoner who predicted the riots, telling The Guardian: "...the government should have seen it coming, too. There is nothing to do...the streets...are full of people who...have ambitions but can't fulfil them."

Just this April, the youth in many Northern capitals greeted the election result with insults upon their normally-revered traditional rulers. They pelted them with satchets of pure water.

Photo of pure-water hawker "borrowed" from jaguda.com

Some northern muslims are so confused now, that they have become terrorists, scaring the government with bomb attacks. Why? Very funny: no food, no hope, no land, no work, no love, so - why not?

Nigerians are frustrated. You know me, I'm a very gentle young woman. But I am not of the scared and grumbling generation, I am ready to riot too, since Nigerian "leadership" no dey hear word.

Dele Momodu articulated today in his This Day column that Nigerians have lessons to learn from Great Britain, lest the youth "surprise" us. Listen to him. I'm betting on an uprising in Lagos soon, but you're welcome to prove me wrong.

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