Stakeholders caution Northern youth against political violence
Worried by the prevailing political unrest and security threat ravaging the northern part of the country, stakeholders in the region have cautioned Arewa youths to redefine their orientation for a better future.
Besides, the youths were also advised to desist from being used as destructive tools of violence during the political campaigns while destroying their future endeavours.
The northern leaders, who spoke yesterday at the National Youth Conference 2021, organised by Arewa Youth Consultative Council in Kano, contended that it is high time northern youths chart a new beginning for a brighter tomorrow.
Chairman of the occasion and Vice-Chancellor, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, Professor Muktar Atiku Kurawa, identified illiteracy, unemployment and drug abuse as major menace eliciting security challenges in the North.
Prof. Kurawa suggested that if the government can address the problem of drug abuse and unemployment among the youth, the threat of kidnapping, banditry and Boko Haram would drastically reduce.
On his part, Vice-Chancellor, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, who challenged the readiness of the youths to occupy leadership positions, reminded that only if they could make meaningful use of their energy and population strength; there is no limit to how far they can go.
Prof. Shehu, who reminded them that leadership is not relinquished on the platter of gold, challenged them to work hard and united in a strong voice to claim their rights.
“The youths are the ones being used to organise an election, 90 per cent of electoral activities are being undertaken by the youths, that is to tell you that they have the opportunity to occupy better positions in the country, except they refuse to make meaningful use of their advantage.
“They would remain under an illusion if they think the older generation will relinquish power to them because there is no place in the world where power is given on a platter of gold. Now, the question is, are the youths themselves ready to take up the challenge, if yes the opportunity is limitless.”
On his part, co-convener of the conference and civil society activist, Comrade Ibrahim Waiya, said the event was organised to garvanise stakeholders contribution and suggestions on how to address security challenges and youth restiveness in the North.