Great President

 

Nigerian facts: the presidential elections have been postponed for a week … I leave to others the various speculations about this decision and, as I have not done before, I do not go into the merits of the programs or the aptitudes of the candidates. I’m sure that both candidates do not need to read my notes, so more than a message is my humble opinion and hope: I like to think that God, before creating the universe, dreamed it. Whoever will be the new President, I like to think that he has a dream to realize, obviously not as big as the universe, but green… like hope, like the buds, like the Nigerian flag….

 

Oh… Great President and father, slow down your path, in doing so, you will be able to see the wonderful smile of young Nigerians.

 

Nigeria is the heart of Africa; young people are African hope for the future.

 

Young people have strong hands like the experienced fishermen of the great river, like their peasant fathers, curvet over the greedy soil, but never bent in their intimate pride; young have strong legs and long footstep, like skilled hunters, and their eyes as bright as the ancient warriors.

The womb of the young is fertile, like their spirit, like the lands washed by the Niger and the Benue.

Their mind has eyes to look far, farther than the boundaries and the horizon, far beyond where their parents could look.

Their soul, rich in ancestral traditions, has learned to live in the equilibrium on the heights of urban skyscrapers and in the overflowing traffic of megalopolis: their heart beats with passion, hope and … megabyte.

 

Africa is hungry for knowledge and young people are even hungrier to know about the world and the things it offers. They want to be scientists or poets, doctors and aviators … or just honest workers, equally honourable and proud. Loving mothers and caring fathers…all citizens of a beloved and respected country.

 

All the young people on the planet have the same expectations, they need the same opportunities.

 

Oh… Great President, you will be their guide on the path of knowledge: thinking about their education, their health and taking charge of their rights … without forgetting their dreams. Let the dream of the Great Country be everyone’s dream.

 

Romano Pisciotti

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