We are not responsible for the killings, go after sponsors, North East youth tells FG

“Go after the sponsors of the several killings in Nigeria and stop pointing accusing fingers at the youths” a political organization under the aegis of North East Youth Initiative for Development said to the Federal Government.

The executive director of the organization said these in an interview with Journalist in Abuja, during the inaugural national youth dialogue and workshop set up to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and ideas to change the narrative that youths have been responsible for the killings and insecurity in Nigeria.

The event which was organized by NEYID in conjunction with an international human rights organization, Plan International Nigeria, was attended by over 60 youths from the North East, North West and North Central, and other areas experiencing the grasps of banditry, Boko Haram and ISWAP to pave way for peace.

At the event, Governor Yahaya Bello expressed his joy seeing the youth interested in curbing insecurity, confirming he is was not alone in it.

He said, “I will always avail myself for the youths. I am happy to see that you’re part of the struggle and security is at the centre of the struggle. We will continue to appeal to our conscience.”

Gombe said the time had come to change the narrative above youths and killings in Nigeria.

He said, “The country has turned to something else; we believe that we have the solution, we have to prove that we are not responsible for the killings”.

“Who is responsible? They are pointing accusing fingers at youths; therefore, we have come together to change the narrative to tell the world who actually we are and our contribution in finding a lasting solution to the security challenges affecting this nation.The problems are not the youths but the sponsors”.

“The government, especially politicians should provide the enabling environment for young people to be in governance”.

“The government, especially politicians should provide the enabling environment for young people to be in governance”.

“We are going to issue a communique to send the right message to the government to inject the right people in the right places because most of the time the government will tell you they are engaging the youths. But the issue is that they are not engaging the right people, everything has been politicized in this nation.”

Gombe also faulted the official statistics of casualties of the security challenges in the country, saying they are untrue.

He said, “Any statistics you get is just an assumption, the number of people killed or being killed every day in this country is beyond thinking and nobody can give you the accurate figure”.

“Even the government is just trying, but nobody can give you the accurate figure because some the places that these things are happening nobody know; they are not even accessible, the bushes don’t even have network, water, and security. We are just using manageable figures being released by the government or others who feel they have a reasonable number. But the truth is that nobody has the accurate figure and the figure is beyond thinking.”

 

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