1 John 2:14, “I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one”.
On Monday September 15 2014 brought forth another year for the celebration of democracy worldwide, a day set aside by United Nations General Assembly of 2007 as the International Day of Democracy- with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy.
Democracy is an ideal that aims at expressing the free will of a people in determining their fate in the world we live; their style if governance, institutions to be evolved, and the constitution they want and how they plan to achieve their collective goals as groups, states, councils, districts and nations. It gives everyone a sense of belonging and stake in the whole governmental process while still achieving a concerted vision. It is a form of synergy among a people and in fact it is the power they have to exercise their rights of self determination, success and achievements.
In the words of a great president, “It is the government of the people, by the people and for the people”. In essence no democracy can thrive without an involvement of the sovereignty of their people. When there is no vision (democracy), the people perish (Pro. 29:18). Democracy therefore paves way for creating a vision that will eventually uplift the people.
For this year’s celebration an interesting and timely theme was chosen, “engaging youth on democracy”. There is a cliché that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow but times and events have proved that the youth can actually decide the future from today.
The youthful age is the foundation and formative season of every man’s life; therefore it is a crucial stage for every man or woman. It is when one has the ability to adopt and drop some habits, choose a life pattern, imbibe a culture or attitude that will live with him/her for the rest of their lives.
A striking feature of any youth is energy, vibe, enthusiasm, creativity, innovation and drive. It is an elastic stage when every destiny is molded.
The world today is in need of creativity and innovation to meet her daunting challenges and the best people who will bring in much of that are the young ones who are saturated with the energy to go the extra mile for a need to be met. In as much as we need the older generations to advice and guide these young ones there is still little they can do. They now are limited in how far they can go. What we need from them right is mentoring, guidance, teaching of the rudiments while the greater task the youths can tackle it with their youthful strength.
Governance at any level is incomplete without the energy of young minds who know the challenges that face his generation. The young ones must just participate; build capacity and impact lives while he still can. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth (Lam. 3:27).
The story of a man is at its peak in the days of his youth. It is pertinent therefore that nations give their youths an opportunity to solve problems, build their lives and leave a good legacy for the future while there is still time.
Happy International Democracy Day!!!