If you are a Nigerian, or you live in Nigeria, you will notice that one thing that is not easy to find these days is unprovoked happiness. I mean, finding a group of people, especially adults who are just happy.
If you find any group of adults talking, especially those of the lower and middle class, the only thing they are doing is complaining. Starting from the hike in fuel prices, to the hike in the cost of foods, and the drastic devaluation of the Naira.
The global epidemic that affected economies around the world, also gave the Nigerian economy a huge bite. Also, prior to the pandemic, there was already a drop in oil prices, and the economy was barely surviving. Then while the country’s economy was trying to recover from the pandemic, the rainfall this year did more than supply water to crops, they forced many crops to drown in the weight of their forceful pull.
I really don’t want to talk about how the pandemic became a means of cutting the already diminishing national cake. That is a topic for another day. Today, I am much too angry. But then, on what foundation do I lay my anger, when all that has been flying around is allegations and counter allegations?
In all these, the Nigerian spirit never faded out: the never give up spirit that Nigerians all over the world are very known for.
However, recently, there has been a trend. Whenever the president tweets about issues, the youthful populace whose means of communication to the people who they voted to represent them is social media go under the president’s tweet and write IFB.
This twitter terminology means: “I follow back” in essence, it means that when you follow them, they will follow you back too. However, under the president’s tweet, it means something different. It is a way of saying “we don’t want to listen to you right now, because you don’t listen to us either”.
There have been reactions from different quarters about this attitude underneath the President’s tweet. Ranging from indifference to backlash. The backlash stems from the older generation who think that the younger ones are too lazy to engage the president in any meaningful conversation, so they just write “IFB”, and they say that this is a sign of disrespect
Never in the history of Nigeria, has there been a President blatantly ignored by the youths like the present one. Maybe there has. But social media is making this one obvious. It is more like there is a “make we just dey look am” attitude amongst the citizens.
Therefore, It is easy to use this parameter to say that people have given up. However it is hard to say what exactly they have given up on; the government or the country.
It is not like the government or the president cannot be challenged either, but many who have done that have gone missing with no trace. Countless letters by the DSS, has also made many to also seek asylum outside the country.
And if there is one thing that the younger Nigerians like to do, it is to enjoy and live life, especially when there are other options like Canada to migrate to. So it has become easier to say under the president’s tweet: I FOLLOW BACK.