- The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has identified unemployment as the real cause of banditry in the country
- Samson Ayokunle, the national president of CAN, made this known on Thursday, April 22, in Lagos
- Ayokunle, however, urged the government at all levels to ensure that the youths are gainfully employed
Samson Ayokunle, the national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has said that unemployment is the reason for the increase in banditry across the states of the country.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Ayokunle, who also doubles as the president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), said unemployment is more worrying because it gives room for evil.
Legit.ng gathered that the CAN president made this revelation known while announcing that thousands would converge on the Baptist International Conference Centre (BICC) for the 108th session of the NBC.
The CAN leader, therefore, appealed to the governments across all levels to proffer a solution to the unemployment situation in the country.
“The bandits are on the rise because the unemployed youths are many. Unemployment is more worrying to me because an idle hand can be snagged by the devil easily.
“So, the government should do something about it. We have a good number of people that can help us attend to the situation.”
Ayokunle added that the rationale behind the convention is to urge Christians to persevere and watch all things through prayers and the words of God.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the CAN and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) reacted as controversy raged over the calls for dismissal of the minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami.
It was reported that the religious bodies rejected the document allegedly linking Pantami to the death of former Kaduna state governor Patrick Yakowa.
The chairman of CAN, Kaduna state chapter, John Hayab, made his association’s position known in a statement sent on Thursday, April 22.