The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos State area unit has alleged that governments both at the federal and state levels are not doing enough for youths in the country on areas of mental development in other to achieve their full potentials.
The statement was made during the celebration of the ‘International Youth Day’ themed: “Youth and Mental Health”held in Lagos recently.
The International Youth Day is an annual celebration of the role of young men and women as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.
In the statement signed by the President of association, Alhaji Kaamil Kalejaiye, “it is a known fact that government of this country has failed the youths of this great nation in terms of mental development”.
“You will agree with me that being a youth in Nigeria at this moment is not just tough but thorny considering various challenges youth are facing especially in the area of unemployment and poor funding of education”.
It will be recalled that the theme of the International Youth Day 2014 is and it is aimed at raising awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.
Kalejaiye posit that on a day when the world celebrates its entire youth, “it saddens our hearts that we in Nigeria are commiserating on the disappearance of our sisters that were abducted over 100days ago by the terror “Un-Islamic” group Boko Haram”.
As thorny as survival is being a youth in Nigeria, it is provoking when you realize that the negligence of our government is not helping matters”.
The students’ leader also charged parents to be watchful of what their children do daily.
“There are lots of happenings in our society today that can distract and derail the youth from a state of mental wellness, therefore in achieving greatness, guardians and parents must ensure their children and wards spend less time on the internet, avoid too much of television viewing, concentrate efforts on academic and goal driven work and above all, be spiritually conscious.
The group also said the issue of hijab in Islam is fundamental to the personality of female Muslims. “No female Muslim is complete without adding the divinely ordained hijab to her dressing no matter the time, place and circumstances she may find herself,” adding that Hijab is a divine commandment of Allah and a heritage bequeathed to Muslims.