Police brutality, bad governance and youth unemployment, are among major factors, fuelling the current nationwide #EndSars protests by Nigerians.
Government needs to tackle these vices as well as other criminalities plaguing the country, in order to end the widespread rage and violence across the land.
Amb. Sunny Irakpo, Founder of Silec Initiatives, stated this at a recent webinar tagged: ‘Tackling Cybercrimes Among Youths in Nigeria.’
‘Most citizens are angry at the rising cost of living, escalating hunger, inflation and insensitivity of the administration to the plight of the masses.’
‘The present crises, engulfing the country, demands an urgent holistic approach in order to restore peace and order to the country,’ Irabor stressed.
The event was organized by Devcomradar.org magazine, a development-focussed publication by Mrs. Adeze Ojukwu a veteran journalist and Fellow of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship.
The summit, moderated by ace broadcaster, Mr. Soni Irabor, was supported by the Country Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC), Dr Oliver Stolpe and Founder of Association for Peace and Development Initiative (APDI) Dr. Godwin Uwaoma.
Irakpo, a leading anti-drug abuse advocate and youth activist urged the authorities to seek practical steps to reduce poverty, inflation and unemployment in the country.
‘Government should provide good facilities and opportunities for youths to receive qualitative education and technological skills to enable them to become economically productive and also participate excellently in international settings.’
‘The authorities also need to establish an effective reward system, that encourages merit, creativity and hard work, in order to reduce the corruption and get-rich-quick syndrome across society.
The ruling class should lead by example by ridding the public space of corruption, avarice and nepotism.’
The flagrant display of wealth and ostentatious lifestyles of government officials are also responsible for the decay and general restiveness in the polity.
According to him, the world is a global village now, hence government should entrench the benchmarks of democracy, good governance and human rights. These ideals will help the nation to experience real peace and progress, as stated in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
He said SILEC Initiatives, which was established 10 years to promote advocacy against drug abuse and youth empowerment, remains committed to vital reforms that will engender a better and more prosperous Nigeria.