Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Concerned about the increase in crime rates in the society, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Cross River State chapter has sought for ways to assist government of the day in the fight against insecurity by organizing a youth leadership and security summit for youths in Cross River Northern Senatorial District to discuss on how to ensure the safety of residents of Cross River State.
Delivering a lecture on the topic, ‘Youth Restiveness in Community Policing’, Divisional Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ikom division, Apochi Benedict expounded on the diverse effects of youth restiveness in the society while at the same time proffering lasting solutions. He said youth restiveness is the extreme form of deviant behaviour among youths which is socially unacceptable in any society.
He said: “Youth restiveness involves the combination of actions, behaviour attitudinal change exhibited by youths which are socially unacceptable and unwholesome in the society. Youth restiveness in Nigeria today has become devastating and has constituted one of the security challenges to both individuals and the society in general. This antecedence has been in a geometrical progression since the inception of transition from military to civilian regime which encouraged the massive proliferation of small and light arms into the country that have resulted in so many violent killing of innocent people.
The security officer said unemployment, differences in interest, needs, objectives and perspectives, competition over scarce resources, political and social marginalization by one group, abuse of power among others are the causes of youth restiveness in Nigeria. He added that delay in reporting suspected persons or groups, placing thugs on allowances are some of the reasons why youth restiveness persists.
He however noted that the following must be done for us to end youth restiveness; “stop celebrating politicians and start celebrating positive ideas, creative thinkers and innovators. Report any suspected group or groups trying to sabotage the good effort of the government. Object being used as thugs or rented crowd by politicians, self employment among others.”
In his goodwill message, Local Government Chairman of Ogoja, Emmanuel Ishabor was pleased with the youths for being part of the fight against crime in the society. He charged the youths to be responsible, stating that the easiest way to be responsible is to accept Christ so that the spirit of crime will be far away from them.
“It’s known that youths are the leaders of tomorrow and as for me, it is for today and tomorrow. With what we are experiencing, if we don’t do something about it we wouldn’t have a tomorrow.
“Our major challenge in Ogoja is the issue of roadblocks. Our youths are not ready to work. It is my prayer that we do more of what we are doing here today. It is better we talk to ourselves; so with what I am seeing today, there is hope for Cross River youths. The decision of your leaders is commendable. We must be responsible”, the chairman averred.
Earlier in his remarks, state chairman of NYCN, Dan Obo Jnr. frowned at the activities of most youths which he said had posed security challenge in the state. He encouraged the participants to know that it was their duty to protect the society.
He said: “we took this decision because the farming season is coming close. One of your responsibilities is to protect your land and I wouldn’t want a situation where people will be fighting over lands.
“The youth council is not a political party, it is inclusive. We are also interested in taking back the society to save our people when necessary. We have come to inform you that we will not be happy to see you fighting. We also want to inform you that the state has taken a riot act.
“So I appeal to us that you cannot grow above the system. There must be a deliberate attempt to hold town hall meetings with your people. Every youth leader works with the government of the day. What we know is the future and protection of our society and you must consider your generation first”.