Unemployment has made Nigerian youths vulnerable to crime: Osinbajo

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 13 June 2017 | 1,228 times

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•Acting President Osinbajo.

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has decried the level of unemployment in the country saying the situation makes Nigerian youths vulnerable to being recruited by kidnappers and anti-social agitators.

He cited lack of provision of basic needs of lives to the largest number of people as the greatest source of tension in the polity.

Speaking on Monday during the 50th Conference of the Nigerian Law Teachers Association held at the auditorium of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Osinbajo maintained that most of the security problems confronting the nation are self inflicted by corrupt practices, injustices, among others.

The acting vice president blamed the increasing cases of agitation across the country on the failure of the state to deliver on the basic needs of the people, forcing them to seek for succour in their respective tribal groups as the way out.

While accusing the political elites of failing the people through massive embezzlement of funds meant for their social welfare, he wondered if the legal system of the country can survive and serve its purpose without serious and incisive reconsiderations.

Osibanjo insisted that it is the duty of the three arms of government to provide the enabling environment for the quality of life expected by the people.

His words, “The Boko Haram in the North East, militants in the Niger Delta and farmer/herdsmen clashes were as a result of poverty.

“A lot of these agitations centred on the alleged failure of the state to create an inclusive society, a failure to guarantee the security of lives and property by the agencies charged with the responsibility, and failure to build trust around the rule of law and justice system of administration.”

Osibanjo, who hinted that he started teaching in 1981, described law teachers as custodians and creators of the underlying concept and foundation premises of law saying that they are also entrusted with the power of delivering justice and adjudicating same.

He added: “We are the thinkers for our system of justice. We have often contested to usefulness of law to the society.

“This forum offers the teachers opportunity to interact on the fundamental issues and ideas that bind them together to step back and rethink in order to come back with more solutions and innovation about the process.”

Earlier in his address, the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, expressed worry over the rate at which criminals were being granted bail by courts, describing the situation as an ugly trend.

He called on the delegates to take advantage of the conference to proffer lasting solution to the situation.

Source: News Express

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