CAN youths warn unemployment could lead to revolution in Nigeria
The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Enugu
State has warned of impending revolution in Nigeria if issues of rising unemployment is not addressed.
Chairman of the youth wing of CAN in Enugu State, Engineer Isienyi
Boniface spoke on Thursday while reacting to the shoddy recruitment
exercise organized by the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) that led to
the death of many jobless Nigerians last Saturday.
Isienyi while condoling with the families of those that died during the exercise, said it was unfortunate that a government parastatal like NIS mandated unemployed youths in the country to pay before they would be allowed to participate in it’s recruitment exercise.
He described the NIS recruitment exercise as a very big embarrassment to the society, noting that the youths are not happy
with what is happening.
The CAN youths called on President Goodluck Jonathan to beam his searchlight on NIS in-order to find out how the billions of naira that were collected from jobless Nigeria were spent as well to know the account the money was paid into.
According to him, the NIS recruitment exercise that took place at the
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Stadium, Enugu was nothing to write home about.
He observed that apart from the fact that there was a stampede at the gate, a pregnant woman had miscarriage and was swiftly rushed to hospital.
He said, “We are disappointed with the way the exercise was conducted, so we are calling on Mr. President to have agenda for the youths.
“If 1million youths who don’t have jobs decide to mess this country up, before they kill 1 million, we must have killed 50 million. There is no future for us in this country. I call on the state governors and local government chairmen to create jobs for the people.
“I commend people like Mike Adenuga, Uche Oga, Innoson Industries, among others for employing our youths”.
He urged Jonathan to also find out if the position advertised by NIS are actually vacant as well as to mandate every government parastatals to publish their vacant positions in order to prevent parastatals from recruiting people from the back door.
Isienyi, however, expressed optimism that President Goodluck Jonathan, whom he described as a listening president would take action and assured leaders of the country that children of God would would continue to pray fro them.
He commended the Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Rt Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma and other church leaders for their useful contributions for the youths in the country and assured youths in the state that the youth wing of CAN would continue to protect their interest.