The Chairman National Youth Council of Nigeria, Adamawa State Chapter, Ambassador Ajine Delo has advised youths in the state to avoid any move by desperate individual or group that will lead to destruction of property in the state.
Delo gave the advice in an interview with the News men in Yola in the wake of the planned #EndSARS protests anniversary which rocked the nation in 2020 over alleged police brutality last year.
He admitted that the protesters had good intentions due to the lawlessness of some police officers which was handled with kid gloves for several years.
“When the protest started in Lagos, even the Governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu went to the Lekki Toll gate to address the youths and listened to their grievance. But, unfortunately a few days after the protest was hijacked by some persons for ulterior motives.
He blamed activities of some NGOs that are getting grants from foreign countries who where believed to have contributed to the problem. The question is why will a foreign country be giving our youths grants to set our country ablaze?
During the #EndSARS protest you heard about monies being mismanaged. This showed that people were funding the protests for political and other reasons,” Delo said.
He said the position of the youth council was that the youth and the government were partners in progress and needed to work together for national development.
According to him, there is need for Nigerian youths to change their perception about governance and politics.
Even if you are in politics and doing well, there is this tag that an average young person has placed on you based on trust issues. They believe once you are in politics, you have crossed to the other side. When you are telling them the truth, they will think you just want to cajole them”.
Ambassador Delo maintained that Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri is already doing a lot to maintain peaceful coexistence and accommodate the youth by creating job opportunities to all and sundry without sentiment or discrimination through the state Ministry of Entrepreneurship and other ministries.
He urged the youth to take advantage of these initiatives and become responsible and better citizens and resist any attempt by enemies of progress to draw the state backward through irresponsible act.
The state NYCN chairman noted that Adamawa state Government is not unmindful of the year 2020 #EndSARS protest, a development that caught attention of the Governor who on his part also constitute a commission of enquiry as directed by the National Economic Council (NEC) to address the situation at the state level.
While other States according to reports have reliably submitted their reports to the NEC, the Adamawa state #EndSARS commission panel who also concluded their report are hoping for Government response to also submit their report. He urged the youth and the public to be patient and wait for necessary action affirming that the committee has done justice to the report which if implemented will go along way in addressing the situation.