Youths of Imo state and Nigeria at large have been commended for embarking on a peaceful protest to press home their demand for good governance.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo state on all Religious Affairs, Very Reverend Dr. Chidiebere Ndubuisi Nwanebu gave this commendation in his office at the Government House during an interview with our reporter.
The SA popularly known as Rev. CNN Nwanebu said that he would have been personally enraged with the youths if they had failed to express their feelings in a peaceful manner, describing the protest as long overdue.
Although, he regretted that some unscrupulous elements took advantage of the peaceful nature of the protest to foment unnecessary troubles in order to frustrate the government both in the state and at the centre.
The vibrant and soft-spoken man of God noted that it would only be normal for someone who feels shortchanged in a system, to express his dissatisfaction using the best workable means.
According to him, the youths are an integral part of every government in every society hence, should be taken proper care of.
“I am 100 percent in support of the protest the youths of Imo state and Nigeria at large embarked upon a few days ago. I would have been surprised and angry with them if they did not protest. Because for so many years, it seems that the government has been taking the youths for granted.
“Nigerian youths are only demanding for what is due to them but they should understand two things; that there voices have been heard and nobody will ever again pretend the youths of Nigeria feeble-minded or chicken-hearted.
“I therefore want to submit that they should go home and cease fire and allow the government deliberate and implement their demands so as to fully integrate them in the scheme of things.
“Secondly, they should not be susceptible to the destruction of lives and property or readily made willing tools for violence. It is unfortunate that some unscrupulous elements took advantage of the peaceful protest earlier embarked upon by well-meaning Nigerian youths.
“I can assure the Nigerian youths that never again will the government take them for granted but then, they should avoid any act or activities capable of causing chaos or disharmony among the people. They should not take the laws into their own hands. They should be guided accordingly,” he added.
Similarly, the likable religious leader urged Imo youths to leverage on the proposed disbursement of six billion naira as a youth intervention fund, to better their lots.
He disclosed that the intervention fund which will come in badges of two billion naira, is aimed at empowering the youths in skills acquisitions.
That, according to him, will go a long way in depopulating the unemployment rate among the youths and curb social violence to the barest minimum.
On this note, he urged the youths to be supportive of the shared prosperity government of His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, promising that there are better days ahead.
It would be recalled that the youths of Nigeria a couple of weeks ago, embarked on peaceful protest, demanding for an immediate disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over alleged brutality on innocent citizens.
The protests done concurrently across the country later degenerated to wanton destruction of lives and property as against what it was earlier targeted.
The SARS, it would be noted, was disbanded by the President, Muhammadu Buhari.