By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged, Centrep, has charged youths in the country to shun what it described as “stomach infrastructure” propelled by rallies being staged across the country by some politicians and groups ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Executive Director of Centrep, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, said the effects of such youth rallies on the collective psyche of the country should be considered, whether they were in the best interest of the nation.
He said: “Nigeria as a country is presently seated on the edge with the numerous social challenges beseeching her polity: ranging from massive youth unemployment, an earth quaking level of official corruption, public infrastructural decay, insecurity nationwide, pandemic poverty and hunger among others.
“It will require the courage of all Nigerians, particularly her youths, to pull Nigeria back on the radar of progressive nations of the world, hence the call to Nigerians, especially her youths who are future leaders.
“Presently, according to an official source and a former Nigerian President, over 40 million Nigerian youths are unemployed. Another source puts it at 60 million.
“A country with such a large number of idle youths is sitting on a keg of gun power waiting to be lighted.
“Political marauders and buccaneers have taken undue advantage of the situation to recruit youths as political thugs and pawns for their nefarious political ambitions.”