The Role of Students in the National Question
Having the role of students in the National question clouded with the fallacy of overgeneralization, seemingly devolving into everything and nothing in particular, defining to avoid distortion then becomes the rallying call.
Those who have sworn to lead us in the name of government have been found wanting on the Balance Sheet of citizens expectations. Be that as it may, in the face of the breakdown of the rule of law, electoral authoritarianism, militarism, gross human rights violations, dispossession, displacement, coercion and economic quagmire, the question that remains and cries out for a response is WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS DO?
For all intents and purposes, the point must be made without equivocation that students are the barometers of the economic and political spectrum of the nation, the intelligentsia of the nation. Students have the intellectual decorum to determine the direction in which these dynamics should point. This places students at the nerve center of development, thus, it must be iterated that if a nation is to progress, then never should the political carpet be pulled from under their feet.
Sadly, students are too divided along partisan lines to attain, retain and sustain their rightful place. Politicians have hitherto, instrumentalized this division as a convenient smoke screen to distract attention from real issues at stake. Students must scaffold and underwrite their coming together and instrumentalize their intellectual stamina and energy as leverage in holding the government accountable for their actions and inactions. Comrades, we have the duty to take the regime to task.
Students must be audacious in leading societal change. We cannot afford to play second fiddle in developmental issues. The time is upon us to take the gloves off and tighten our grip on the developmaental issues.
In the national quest for economic emancipation, students must articulate ideologies which have a psychological validity because it is these ideologies that are able to organise human masses and create the terrain on which men move, acquire consciousness of their position and struggle. We must be awakened by the immortal words of Thomas Sankara who was as clear as he was emphatic when he said, “As revolutionaries we don’t have the right to say we are tired of explaining. We must never stop explaining. We know that when the people understand, they cannot help but follow us”.
As students we are deathly threatened by the pandemic of corruption which actually poses an existential threat to our dignity as our children’s children will scapegoat us for maintaining neutrality in times of crisis. Now that we have found the snake which wants to kill the proverbial goose which lays golden eggs, as students let’s fight corruptcracy, lootocracy and kleptocracy; with our intellectual probity and energy being befitting descriptors and signifiers of our pedigree.
The struggle continues without adjustment ✊🏽✊🏽
In tenacity and turmoil Aluta continua