The Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Rear Adm. Mackson Kadiri, has identified unemployment as the major cause of youth restiveness and social instability in the country.
Kadiri said this at a Roundtable on “Youth Restiveness and Social Instability in Nigeria: Role of Governance” organised by the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, NDC, in Abuja on Monday.
He said that there was a large youth population in Nigeria that had not been optimal managed to effectively contribute to national security.
Kadiri said the cumulative effects of the situation had created national security challenges, adding that the potentials of the nation’s youths could be put to good use with viable strategic options.
According to him, the inability of the youth to find meaningful life through honest means creates a social imbalance that makes young people prone to some socio-economic vices.
According to him, such vices include electoral violence, kidnapping, armed robbery, internet fraud among others.
“Unemployment is fingered for the massive migration of many youth to places where they believe they can find greener pastures.
“It is very clear that vulnerabilities of the youth, particularly their joblessness have degenerated to the complex national security conundrum we find ourselves today.
“The primary motivation here is that the youths are truly the future of Nigeria and trustees of national posterity.
He said that every government must strive to ensure openness, responsiveness and inclusiveness in order to boost citizen’s confidence in the government.
He also called for increased investment in sports as an employment opportunity to engage the youths.
Zoaka said this was because the government had not been able to properly provide opportunities for them, noting that those with requisite qualification have not been employed.
He urged the government to increase the funding of employment agencies like the National Directorate of Employment to engage more youths in gainful employment in the country.