- The Nigerian government has been called to engage the youths in the country
- The United Nations deputy secretary-general made the call on Monday, November 9
- According to the body, engaging with the youths would prevent another protest in Nigeria
Following the recent #EndSARS protests that led to the destruction of properties and several deaths across the country, the federal government has been urged to engage the Nigerian youths.
In a report by Channels TV, the United Nations called on the Nigerian government to ensure that they engage the young people in order to foil another protest in the country.
This was made known by Amina Mohammed, the UN deputy secretary-general, on Monday, November 9, during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to the former minister of environment, Nigeria needs an engaged youth and an engaged government, adding that the UN has been tasked to make sure that happens.
“The UN’s response to this is that we must make sure that what happened in this protest, we are able to address those gaps, issues and to begin the reforms needed to address many of these outstanding issues.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari on his part advised young Nigerians to be peaceful in making their demands from the government.
Buhari made the comment when he received his former minister of environment who led a delegation of senior UN officials to Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Ghana.
"It is in the interest of the youths to keep the peace. They want jobs, infrastructure, and development. I have sent a team led by the Chief of Staff (Professor Ibrahim Gambari) to go round the country, talk to traditional rulers, who will then talk to the youths. The views of the youths have been heard.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Abdullahi Adamu, a senator representing Nasarawa-west, alleged that the promoters of the EndSARS protest wanted to use it to effect regime change.
The lawmaker during an interview with Daily Trust claimed that the EndSARS protests were sponsored by some prominent Nigerians to discredit the north.
Adamu, who was the Nasarawa state governor between 1999 and 2007, said if President Muhammadu Buhari was not from the north, the protests would not have occurred.
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