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Meet Sageer Tafawa-Balewa

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As our readers are well aware,our main goals and objective is to highlight and celebrate everything concerning the Nigerian and by extension the African youth demographic.in line with these guiding ethos,we have brought several interviews from well deserving ambitious,morally and intellectually well rounded youths from diverse backgrounds and social strata.Once again in fulfillment of our promise,we have brought for your reading pleasure another interview with an erudite and cerebral young Nigerian.In this indepth and succinct interview,our subject delves deep into his filial and religious background,he talks about what inspires and drives him including some of his achievements and future plans.He delves deep into Politics and several areas of social issues.

Please enjoy the interview after the cut

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Hibe: firstly kindly introduce yourself to readers and what you do
Muhammad:My name is Muhammad Sageer Tafawa-Balewa. I am just a commoner from the Hausa/Fulani stock of Tafawa-Balewa LGA, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
I am a final year student studying IT in Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state, Nigeria.
Hibe: what was child hood, growing up until now been like for you and how has your upbringing impacted on you now?
Muhammad:Childhood and growing up in an Islamic home under parental tutelage was very fascinating.
I was born on the Plateau in Jos (North Central Nigeria). I started my Kindergarten and Nursery education in Makurdi and Minna of North-Central Nigeria. I spent my teen years in Abuja. My dad was a military man so we moved around Nigeria. I had a strict upbringing from my father who at an early age taught me that knowledge is light that leads to wisdom and it is life for the soul and fuel for the character. He encourages me to seek out knowledge. He always tells me that seeking out knowledge will bring me happiness and repel anxiety, depression, and grief.
What I am and have today, I owe it to my father.
Allah bless my mother. She is a great woman with an extraordinary patience. No matter her tribulations, she always persevere with patience. She is the delight of my eye. She gives me strength whenever life is throwing curve balls at me. Her advice to me always is “Be patient my son, there is no better provision than patience. Verily, Allah is with the patient ones.”
My parents instilled in me the fear of Allah and discipline that is still impacting positively in me.

Hibe: do you have siblings
Muhammad:    Yes, I have siblings and I am the first child in my family.

Hibe: Tell us about parents/guardians or any who has mentored and shaped your guiding ideals till now
Muhammad:My life and ideal is guided by a powerful force greater than anything in this world; that force is Allah (SWT) my creator. I have sacrificed myself for something higher than this world has to offer

Hibe: its obvious that you are not only Politically active on social media but you seem to have designs for a future in politics. What informed that and what are your motives
Muhammad: Since the advent of our present democratic experiment in 1999 we have been suffering irredeemable poverty and neglect in Nigeria. The 16 years of PDP led government was nothing but a disaster. The plunged Nigeria into darkness, not even Hercules can clean up this dirt in 10 years. For 16 years, political office holders demonstrated a crass indifference and apathy to anything that would empower the masses. They plunged Nigeria into darkness. I am so appalled by the corruption and sufferings in Nigeria. 
I intend to join Nigeria’s political field in the nearby future so I can fight for the liberation of Nigerian masses from these despicable politicians that are inaccessible and lethargic to the plights of the masses. You can’t clean a dirty room from outside; you have to enter inside. I must go in and get involved in the political field

Hibe: Apart from your normal day job, study what else do you get up to? Are you involved in any initiative either entrepreneur, charity, politics etc
Muhammad:I am into politics but my politicking is restricted to the four walls of my university. I am building up a political platform of disciplined, incorruptible and sincere youths from Northern Nigeria. The aim or objective of the political platform or movement is; Agitation of good governance and enthronement of democracy in Northern Nigeria. 
My dream is to revolutionary transform Northern Nigeria that is plagued with poverty, unemployment and educational backwardness. The political movement will keep an eagle eye on the business of governance in Northern Nigeria. 
Hibe: what do you reckon in your opinion are some of the challenges the Nigerian youth demographics face presently in politics, socially and generally, how would you go about sorting it if you could?
Muhammad:I am propelled by the belief that Nigerians are suffering because of their sentiments and ethnic and religious bigotry. The laziness and silence of the youths is also militating against the Nigerian dream. We are our own worst enemies. Nigeria is stupendously endowed with ethnic entrepreneurs and religious bigots. The youths of Nigeria wants to be spoon-fed. They forget that life is not a pizza man, it doesn’t do delivery. You want something, go work hard for it. We are deeply enmeshed in the false belief that our time will come for us to chop from the national cake. There is no unity in this country. We keep on preaching” one Nigeria’’ whereas our hearts are full of hatred for our fellow Nigerians from other sections of this country. 
Both the formal and informal school system in Nigeria has destroyed social solidarity and promoted the worst form of alienated individualism without social responsibility.
"It pisses me off and puts me in an acute angle the rising alienated individualism and lack of social responsibility among Nigerian youths. We are lost in our decadent world unable to open our mouth to protest the sufferings of the less privileged in our society. Our response to issues of National interest is always deafening"
It is high time Nigerian youths get off the comfort of their couch, drop the smartphones they use 
to wail on social media from morning to night. Smartphone activism will never bring change to Nigeria. All over the world young adults under 30 are winning elections into parliaments and breaking boundaries while we are here in this part of the world ass licking and wailing over frivolities and inanities on social media from morning to night.
The youths of Nigeria have slumbered enough, we must go in and get involved or we will go down in history as a generation that came, saw, and complained on social media without raising a finger.
It is high time Nigerian youths get off the comfort of their couch, drop the smartphones they use 
to wail on social media from morning to night. Smartphone activism will never bring change to Nigeria. All over the world young adults under 30 are winning elections into parliaments and breaking boundaries while we are here in this part of the world ass licking and wailing over frivolities and inanities on social media from morning to night.
The youths of Nigeria have slumbered enough, we must go in and get involved or we will go down in history as a generation that came, saw, and complained on social media without raising a finger.

Hibe: What frustrating misconception do you get about yourself which is kind of frustrating or annoying?
Muhammad: i was born to stand out, i don’t follow the crowd. I don’t get caught up in the lockstep of society’s expectations. This trait of mine of not following the status-quo gets mistaken for pride.

Hibe: what is the best and most enduring advice you have ever gotten, and from who?
Muhammad:I get advice daily from family, friends and well-wishers. I once received a powerful advice from an uncle of mine. He said’’ Do things for the sake of Allah alone. Always seek to please Allah in whatever you do.’’
But, the most enduring advice I have ever gotten and is still getting is from my mother. She always tells me to swallow my pride and be patient with people and in my affairs. Because Allah loves the patient ones.

Hibe: share with us something previously unknown to most people about you.
Muhammad: I was born in Jos. I am Jostified. I carry the spirit of Jos inside me. I am resilient, creative, strong, joyful, and myself. Like my city of birth, I am knocked down many times and I always get back up. Unlike my city, I am warmth. I am the trend setter, i am friendly and have open wide arms.

Hibe: what does the immediate future hold for you, what should we be looking out for within the next couple of yrs from you
Muhammad:this life that we have is borrowed, we are not promised tomorrow. But if almighty Allah my creator gives me long life, my avowed intent (I am publicizing it here first) is; (smiles) – occupancy of Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja, Nigeria. 

Hibe: Favourite African then foreign artiste at the moment
Muhammad: I don’t have a particular favorite artiste.
In Africa, my favorites are; Choc boiz, Mavins crew esp. Korede Bello and DJ cuppy.
In the foreign scene, my favorites are; 2 Pac, T.I, August Alsina, Chris Brown and Nicole Sherzinger.

Hibe: what is your favourite destination in the world?
Muhammad:Ain’t no place like my home in Apapa, Lagos. I am just a commoner. I have never been out of the country.

Hibe: favourite food both continental and African
Muhammad:I love fried plantain with rice(be it fried, jollof or white rice)

Hibe: who is the most influential individual to you ever and why
Muhammad:Two people influence me in this world;
My mother- I love her extra-ordinary patience.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria- His incorruptibility.  For almost forty (40) years, He had so much power to corruptly enrich himself but he kept his cool and maintained his discipline amid all the temptation beckoning him back and front.

You can get in touch with Muhammad Sageer via his twitter handle @MuhamadSageer

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