Nigeria: ‘Kidnapping, Killings, Cattle Rustling Discouraging Youth Farmers’

Ado Ekiti — Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC) has lamented the persistent upsurge of kidnappings, killings, cattle rustling and banditry in the country, saying the sordid scenarios are pushing the youth from farming into menial jobs.

NYC called on the youth population to wake up from their slumber in 2022 and 2023 elections by deploying their demographic strength in term of vote population and launch themselves to relevance, by demanding what are due to them from leaders. NYC spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday in a statement signed by Chairman, Ekiti chapter, Com. Tosin Adesuyi.

Adesuyi regretted how Nigerian youths were being incapacitated through unemployment and lack of commitment to tackle insecurity that have affected their farming businesses and education, with cases of bombings, kidnappings and killings now being perpetrated in schools .

Of particular reference, Adesuyi lambasted Governor Kayode Fayemi-led government for allegedly sacking some workers of the Ekiti State University and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, saying this had also contributed to the sufferings of youth.

“We have witnessed the incapacitation of our youth, so that they will be unable to take over their own affairs. Also, the high rate of unemployment cum underfunding of our tertiary institutions have caused hunger, scarcity, lack and hike in prices of commodities, which in no doubt affecting negatively the standard of living who have little or no financial means to cope.

“Different from the soured relationship between the government and the youth population , we cannot forget so quickly, how some of us, our brothers, sisters and parents lost their jobs at EKSU and EKSUTH. Many of them are now roaming the streets.