A forum of the First to Fourth Republic Senators and House of Representatives members, has cautioned the Federal Government that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun-powder with the teeming unemployed youth who could easily be exploited as political thugs and bandits.
The former lawmakers, led by Joseph Wayas, a former Senate President, said in Kano that a country with millions of angry, disenchanted and idle youth, sits on a time bomb.
Mr. Wayas spoke while paying a courtesy visit to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Friday.
He noted that something urgently should be done to avert the waiting calamity.
He said the Nigerian youth on their part should do all they could to resist the temptation of being hired as thugs by selfish politicians.
In the same vein, the former National Assembly members, warned politicians especially candidates against making unguarded comments on fellow Nigerians who have excelled in their fields of endeavour.
“We unequivocally condemn campaigns based on hate speeches and brickbats,” they said.
Mr. Wayas noted that “the electorate needs to be informed on policies that would enhance their quality of life, put food on their tables and create employment for the teeming Nigerians, because a country with angry disenchanted youths is sitting on an explosive waiting to explode.”
He said the nation’s nascent democracy needed to be jealously guarded and protected by every Nigerian. He asked statesmen to live above board.
The former National Assembly members commended the Nigerian military in their renewed effort in eliminating the activities of Boko Haram. They noted that the effort has revived the hopes and admiration of the Nigerian citizenry for the nation’s armed forces.
Mr. Kwankwaso commended the former National Assembly members, assuring that with their commitment in the unity of the Nigerian state, the nation would be once more great and live in peace.