President Muhammadu Buhari, reacting to the spate of kidnappings across the country, has said the lack of jobs for the youths has made kidnapping a new occupation for Nigerian youths
While speaking on Monday, at the flag-off distribution of cotton seeds and inputs to 100,000 cotton farmers for 2019 planting season in Katsina, President Buhari said “The mistakes of yesterday are causing us anxieties today.”
Buhari, represented by the minister of agriculture and rurual development, Audu Ogbeh, said the revival of the cotton production and the textile industries will help create more jobs among youths.
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“Our children are graduating from universities and polytechnics and they can’t find a job to do. Some will return home to another childhood begging you and myself for recharge cards, clothing because there are no factories, no agriculture programme, no industries and because government can no longer employ more workers because paying those who are working today is not easy,” he said.
He added that Nigerian youths have turned to a new industry – kidnapping, abduction and all kinds of crimes including rustling of cattle -which is causing fear in the heart of every citizen.
“How long can we endure as a country in this circumstances? How can we survive when kidnapping is a new occupation and a business? And what is the cause of this situation? Anger and frustration among our youths.
“The crisis was being borned by the disenchantment and anger among our children.
“The textile industry engages close to One and the half million people. The textiles in Kaduna, Kano, Ikeja, Aba disappeared and we became a nation of importer of textiles.
“Imagine how much we spend importing textile materials.
“All these are jobs that were here disappeared and the consequences are now what we are seeing, kidnapping, totally unreasonable violence,” he added.
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