You Have To Behave If You Need Jobs – Buhari Tells Youths

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday informed youths in the country to behave themselves if they wish to attract jobs and investment.

Buhari who was speaking on Arise TV, said security is essential in order to attract investment into the country.

Data by NBS had recently put unemployment rate at 33.3% in the fourth quarter, 2020.

Buhari said:

“Nobody is going to invest in an insecure environment. So I told them, I said they should tell the youth that if they want jobs, they will behave themselves.

“Make sure that the area is secure. So that people can come in and invest.”

Nigeria has struggled with high unemployment and rapid population growth for decades, but the joblessness worsened since the coronavirus pandemic struck last year when the country had not yet fully recovered from a 2016 recession.

Buhari has faced criticism over rising violence in nearly every region of the nation. Armed gunmen have kidnapped more than 700 students in the northwest since December, Boko Haram attacks in the northeast have worsened and there have been nationwide attacks that have burned down police stations and killed officers.

Parliament in April called on the presidency, armed forces and police to address the security crisis and some urged Buhari to declare a state of emergency.

Buhari said the government would take a tougher approach toward insecurity, particularly against bandits in the northwest and separatists in the southeast.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless,” he said.

“And you watch it, in a few weeks time, there will be a difference.”

Attacks, particularly in the north, have targeted farmers, worsening food inflation, which stood at 22.72% in April. Buhari said if farmers could not operate safely, hunger would spread and the government could lose control. (Additional report from Reuters)

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