Insecurity: Nigeria needs Youths for solutions, not only militarisation —Akeredolu

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Worried by security challenges confronting the nation, the Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has called on Nigerian youths to be part of solutions, and militarisation is not the only solution for the country.

Akeredolu spoke while delivering lecture on the Occasion of NANS National Security Summit held at National Merit House, Maitama, Abuja on 4th November 2021.

The governor who spoke on a theme; “Strengthening National Security Through Youth Engagement”, was represented by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, on Youth and Students Affairs, Hon Olumuyiwa Ogunyemi Eyiyato,

According to the governor, to engage the youths positively there should be an enabling environment for development and self-actualization.

He noted that youth engagement as  as national security policies and programmes should be mutually reinforcing to achieve the desired national security outcomes.

Akeredolu said “Obviously, national security has gone beyond only military defense of a country against a military enemies. Essentially, relying on the usual approach to national security challenges, which is the militarization of the entire country with various operatives might not substantially yield the desired result and in some cases, it might worsens an already bad situation as witnessed in the ENDSARS protests. 

“There are different descriptions and definitions of who the youth is by different  scholars to the extent that  it is difficult  to absolutely assert the meaning of the word and concept ‘’youth’’.  

“However, there is a general agreement among these scholars that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and this belief has been a major  propeller of  countries across the world to pay serious attention to youth development and engagement . 

“The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2016, asserted that the term “youth is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as member of a community” There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria is made up of a sizeable youth population, using the 15 to 35 years bracket.

“Some commissions even asserted that about half of the population in Nigeria is made up of youth, defined as individuals between 15 and 34 years of age while others put youth population in Nigeria at about 40 percent.  A sizeable and qualitative youth population can be a blessing to any nation if handled properly since it indicates availability of future generation to whom leadership of the nation would be passed on to.  

“Undoubtedly,  NANS as an umbrella body for students who are majorly youths is  a key stakeholder in ensuring national security. As earlier noted, the youths are generally described as “leaders of tomorrow”, thus they are the hope and future of every nation and there is need to properly and adequately engage and equip our youths  to play the roles expected of them and those assigned to them in the pursuit of  National Security.

“Therefore I am engaging our youths here today not just as citizens but  as key stakeholders  and it is my hope that engagement platforms like  this will  henceforth happen on a more regular basis. 

“National security in its contemporary usage refers to the protection of a nation from attack or other danger by holding adequate armed forces and guarding state secrets as well as developing the capacities of the citizenry so as to make them patriotic and hold true allegiance to a nation’s course.

“It is therefore true that government has roles to play in ensuring our youths are true patriots. Some school of thoughts even defined national security as a condition in which citizens of a country enjoy the basic necessities of life as this would obviously guarantee some levels of political stability and to a large extent ensure national security in a polity.

“Obviously, national security has gone beyond only military defense of a country against a military enemies. Essentially, relying on the usual approach to national security challenges, which is the militarization of the entire country with various operatives might not substantially yield the desired result and in some cases, it might worsens an already bad situation as witnessed in the ENDSARS protests. 

“An idle mind  they say is the devil’s workshop”. Therefore, to ensure that youths are not prone to social vices such as armed robberies, cultism, prostitution, drug addiction, hostage taking, gangsterism and lawlessness which are threats to national security, it is important that government continue to provide our youths with enabling environment through programs and policies bothering on (i) Skill Development(ii) Critical awareness which provides youths with correct and verifiable information platforms, capacities and wherewithal needed for analyzing issues that touch their lives and environments as well find ways to make thing work as agents of change in their communities while giving them opportunities to actively participate in creating change in their communities. 

“Globally, there is a general belief that youth empowerment and engagement is a vital tool for achieving real national security. This is particularly true for Nigeria where most of the threats to our national security are internally generated.

“Many observers have argued that the high rate of crime in Nigeria is largely attributable to the poor level of youth engagement and high rate of youth unemployment. This goes to reaffirm the saying that “an idle mind is the devils workshop”. It follows, therefore, that if the youths are gainfully employed and engaged in productive ventures, the level of crime will drop drastically.

“This belief gave birth to what we are doing in Ondo State across boards in ensuring  our youths are duly  engaged and the singular reason why a chunk of our budget is geared towards youth development and advancement thus making creation of wealth and  aiding self-sufficiency is a focal point of our policies;

“It is also our believe that our national security lies not just in protecting our borders, but in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor. The youths must imbibe the culture of seeing themselves as a security personnel in their little ways, being of good conduct, speaking out whenever  you see or notice any security threat .  

“Certainly, we cannot achieve national security without a level of  economic security while leveraging our youths as key partners in progress. Therefore, I urge you all to arise today and stand resolute for the common good of national security against parochial interests.

“Now more than ever, we must retool our nation to face and surmount the challenges we are currently facing with the ultimate aim of preventing  any deterioration and  ensure we take back our rights as the giant of Africa and a leading nation in the world.   

“In conclusion, National Security is a serious matter that must be handled seriously and I do not think any stakeholder should be left behind in ensuring the safety of lives and properties. There is the need for reorientation, sustained enlightenment, education and conscientization of the youths on core national policies, especially unity in diversity and cultural integration.

“Our youths are encouraged to continue to uphold National Ethics  such as discipline, integrity, dignity of Labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism,” Akeredolu said.

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By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Worried by security challenges confronting the nation, the Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has called on Nigerian youths to be part of solutions, and militarisation is not the only solution for the country.

Akeredolu spoke while delivering lecture on the Occasion of NANS National Security Summit held at National Merit House, Maitama, Abuja on 4th November 2021.

The governor who spoke on a theme; “Strengthening National Security Through Youth Engagement”, was represented by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, on Youth and Students Affairs, Hon Olumuyiwa Ogunyemi Eyiyato,

According to the governor, to engage the youths positively there should be an enabling environment for development and self-actualization.

He noted that youth engagement as  as national security policies and programmes should be mutually reinforcing to achieve the desired national security outcomes.

Akeredolu said “Obviously, national security has gone beyond only military defense of a country against a military enemies. Essentially, relying on the usual approach to national security challenges, which is the militarization of the entire country with various operatives might not substantially yield the desired result and in some cases, it might worsens an already bad situation as witnessed in the ENDSARS protests. 

“There are different descriptions and definitions of who the youth is by different  scholars to the extent that  it is difficult  to absolutely assert the meaning of the word and concept ‘’youth’’.  

“However, there is a general agreement among these scholars that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and this belief has been a major  propeller of  countries across the world to pay serious attention to youth development and engagement . 

“The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2016, asserted that the term “youth is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as member of a community” There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria is made up of a sizeable youth population, using the 15 to 35 years bracket.

“Some commissions even asserted that about half of the population in Nigeria is made up of youth, defined as individuals between 15 and 34 years of age while others put youth population in Nigeria at about 40 percent.  A sizeable and qualitative youth population can be a blessing to any nation if handled properly since it indicates availability of future generation to whom leadership of the nation would be passed on to.  

“Undoubtedly,  NANS as an umbrella body for students who are majorly youths is  a key stakeholder in ensuring national security. As earlier noted, the youths are generally described as “leaders of tomorrow”, thus they are the hope and future of every nation and there is need to properly and adequately engage and equip our youths  to play the roles expected of them and those assigned to them in the pursuit of  National Security.

“Therefore I am engaging our youths here today not just as citizens but  as key stakeholders  and it is my hope that engagement platforms like  this will  henceforth happen on a more regular basis. 

“National security in its contemporary usage refers to the protection of a nation from attack or other danger by holding adequate armed forces and guarding state secrets as well as developing the capacities of the citizenry so as to make them patriotic and hold true allegiance to a nation’s course.

“It is therefore true that government has roles to play in ensuring our youths are true patriots. Some school of thoughts even defined national security as a condition in which citizens of a country enjoy the basic necessities of life as this would obviously guarantee some levels of political stability and to a large extent ensure national security in a polity.

“Obviously, national security has gone beyond only military defense of a country against a military enemies. Essentially, relying on the usual approach to national security challenges, which is the militarization of the entire country with various operatives might not substantially yield the desired result and in some cases, it might worsens an already bad situation as witnessed in the ENDSARS protests. 

“An idle mind  they say is the devil’s workshop”. Therefore, to ensure that youths are not prone to social vices such as armed robberies, cultism, prostitution, drug addiction, hostage taking, gangsterism and lawlessness which are threats to national security, it is important that government continue to provide our youths with enabling environment through programs and policies bothering on (i) Skill Development(ii) Critical awareness which provides youths with correct and verifiable information platforms, capacities and wherewithal needed for analyzing issues that touch their lives and environments as well find ways to make thing work as agents of change in their communities while giving them opportunities to actively participate in creating change in their communities. 

“Globally, there is a general belief that youth empowerment and engagement is a vital tool for achieving real national security. This is particularly true for Nigeria where most of the threats to our national security are internally generated.

“Many observers have argued that the high rate of crime in Nigeria is largely attributable to the poor level of youth engagement and high rate of youth unemployment. This goes to reaffirm the saying that “an idle mind is the devils workshop”. It follows, therefore, that if the youths are gainfully employed and engaged in productive ventures, the level of crime will drop drastically.

“This belief gave birth to what we are doing in Ondo State across boards in ensuring  our youths are duly  engaged and the singular reason why a chunk of our budget is geared towards youth development and advancement thus making creation of wealth and  aiding self-sufficiency is a focal point of our policies;

“It is also our believe that our national security lies not just in protecting our borders, but in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor. The youths must imbibe the culture of seeing themselves as a security personnel in their little ways, being of good conduct, speaking out whenever  you see or notice any security threat .  

“Certainly, we cannot achieve national security without a level of  economic security while leveraging our youths as key partners in progress. Therefore, I urge you all to arise today and stand resolute for the common good of national security against parochial interests.

“Now more than ever, we must retool our nation to face and surmount the challenges we are currently facing with the ultimate aim of preventing  any deterioration and  ensure we take back our rights as the giant of Africa and a leading nation in the world.   

“In conclusion, National Security is a serious matter that must be handled seriously and I do not think any stakeholder should be left behind in ensuring the safety of lives and properties. There is the need for reorientation, sustained enlightenment, education and conscientization of the youths on core national policies, especially unity in diversity and cultural integration.

“Our youths are encouraged to continue to uphold National Ethics  such as discipline, integrity, dignity of Labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism,” Akeredolu said.

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