Senate President Ahmad Lawan has warned that the future is not boding well for the country’s leaders if they failed to create jobs for the army of unemployed youths.
Lawan sounded this warning on Monday when he spoke at the 2021 budget defence by Minister of Agriculture Sabo Nanono in Abuja.
The Senate President opined that the EndSARs protest was a product of unemployment warning leaders to create jobs so as to address the twin problems of grinding poverty and food insecurity, adding that failure, the recent protest against police brutality would be a child’s play.
He said, “Recently, we had some of our youths protesting genuinely. They were seeking the attention of leaders and they got the attention of leaders.
“So, our budget, especially for 2021 should be mindful of what we do to provide employment opportunities for these youths.
“They demonstrated and protested because they could do so; there are so many other people who may not be youthful but are also in the same need and they didn’t protest.”
Continued, “Let’s meet them where they are. We don’t have to wait until they also start to grumble or protest.
“We should be proactive, we should reach them and most of them are in rural areas and give them what we can and what they need to some extent within the limit of our resources and keep them there to live a productive life.
“That is the only way that we can make a difference in the lives of the people.
“And for us, elected people, we are going to be accountable. If we escape this one (#EndSARS protests), the other one is inescapable and I am sure people will know what I am saying.”