Youth Unemployment: Nigeria on “gun powder” – Ex-​Senators, Reps

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.


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  • Patriotique

    PLEASE WHICH ONE TO BELIEVE? ” We’ ve
    reduced poverty by 50%”( president Jonathan).
    “We have created 40m jobs (president jonathan).
    “I’ m first to create 5,400 jobs( president Jonathan).
    “I will create 2m jobs if re-elected( president
    Jonathan). ” My administration
    created 1.2m jobs last year(president Jonathan).
    ” I have fufilled all my promises” (president Jonathan).

    • Shahokaya

      None of the above.

  • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

    YOU EX-SENATORS AND REPS MEMBERS ARE COMPLETE MORONS.ARE YOU NOT PART OF THE POLITICIANS THAT CREATED THE MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE???THE MASSES WILL NEVER REVOLT BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL BRAIN WASHED AND LACK COMMON SENSE.THEY ARE BETTER LIVING AS SLAVES THAN FREE PEOPLE.

    • Nwokolo Austine Chuks

      Shut up. You don’t have respect for your seniors. Is that how you are trained. Please contribute constructively and intelligently. Stop insulting elders for one day you’ll be one if God keep you alive.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    It is not for a lack of quality advice by Nigerians in the past that this government could be blamed. It has been advised repeatedly about the looming crisis that could befall the nation as a result of the ever-increasing number of the jobless in our society. Some of us harbour these applicants at home while others are being heckled by them in the streets everyday, so we know from experience. The prevailing climate of impunity – the bane of all governments that have over-stayed their welcome in office, had continually hindered this and previous governments from listening. Whenever they do listen, they roll out solutions that are laden in bureaucratic bottleneck and not far reaching enough following which they then relapse. Now that Frustration has resorted to waving a live match stick, it is only a matter of time before flame and gunpowder connect.
    From my observation in the last 10 years, the communication style between government and the governed in Nigeria could be likened to that between master and slave. The language has always been more of “we will do, we will do…” and less of “we have done this or that something…” It is too late in the day now to do anything that had been left undone in the past 16 years of PDP rule. People are simply upset and angry, a fearful combination for the government to come to terms with. This government should be VERY CAREFUL in the next few months because it could take just a little (not big) mistake to tip Nigeria into the abyss. It is as though every Nigerian in heaven is weeping for Nigeria…

  • PERO

    POLYTECHNICS HAVE TO STOP EMPLOYING UNIVERSITY GRADUATES, FROM EXPERIENCE THE UNIVERSITIES DO NOT CONSIDER US. THANKS. THIS YOUR STRIKE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED, HOW MANY POLY STAFFS GRAUATED FROM POLYTECHNICS, SO HOW CAN YOU SUCCEED?