Since the nation got hit by the LGBTQIs wave, the raging conversation has tended to be led by our celebrities and a section of our human rights activists. At least, we have heard one popular lady artiste and one popular male footballer who are openly siding with the LGBTQIs.
The rest of the sympathisers, of course, have been reacting from the fringes.
Conversely, those who have been against the degenerate onslaught of our sovereign state by the dodgy organisation include traditional rulers, religious leaders, senior citizens and other opinion leaders. And that, in our opinion, is striking.
While we sweat over strategising to contain this threat to our socio-cultural heritage, in the absence of any further legislation, it is important that we tackle the menace from the roots. Before we do that conclusively, however, we need to look at the seeds that have tended to breed this cultural malaise which an insignificant segment of the population wants to foist on us.
Readily, we may find such seeds in kids who are supposed to be in school, studying to become national assets for development but who go on social media twerking or insulting elders or hiring gangs to beat up teachers, as we read in the same media.
Those who may be old enough understand what twerking is, and the sanctions it used to attract in healthy communities. But that is aside of the harrowing tales of girls caught in armed robbery or boys doing tramadol and valium, marijuana and coke.
Where from they?
Evidently, these are not boys or girls who have dropped from Mars or Mercury, but human beings who can be traced to homes and communities. It also means we can trace them to parents and relatives.
Since civilisation, training has been a key ingredient in growing and building kids to replace adults in future. History has therefore proved that nations which have cultural underpinnings to their political systems are those which have managed to survive threats from within and without and prosper.
Though we admit that some of such cultures have been suspect, there is every indication that a holistic cultural training programme, with the home as the basis, has done much to energise most of the states which we now aspire to emulate, including Malaysia, Hong Kong and Sweden.
So, when political leadership launched the New Deal and the American Dream, ordinary citizens buying into it became prosperous, making the US a natural investment destination, capable of attracting cheap labour to ignite their economy.
We also know that strong leadership – from home and school through workplace to public life – is imperative in enabling a society attain its national developmental goals.
Bulging youth population
Development experts have affirmed that one of the advantages of nations in West Africa over their counterparts in the rest of the continents is that they have bulging youth populations, which, appropriately harnessed, should be able to move the continent out of poverty into sustained growth.
Harnessing these latent human resources is imperative in creating jobs and wealth and enhancing rural and national development.
Unfortunately, it is this same advantaged youth who are being sold garbage by alien cultural forces to compel them to dump their hopes and dreams on the altars of fleeting beastly passions.
All we can do as parents and community leaders, as government offers strong political leadership, is take charge and begin restructuring our homes and communities, as bastions of training and aspiration, to become what we need to become, rather than what some loony celebrity sells our kids.
We must understand that the greatest asset we can bequeath our kids is knowledge that is capable of enabling them protect the little that they inherit from us and turn them into mighty assets for the benefit of succeeding generations.
Whether we are traditionalists or Christian, Muslim or agnostic, there is always a convergence of what is right and wrong, lawful and awful, and that is whether we, as leaders or parents, would have our kids living the rest of their lives as responsible citizens or LGBTQIs and beasts.
And that is a tricky choice we must live with.