Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on Thursday insisted that, for Nigeria to overcome the various security challenges confronting it, the Federal Government must provide employment opportunities for the youths
Daniel spoke at the public presentation of a book, titled, “Wisdom Nuggets for Daily Living” in Abeokuta, the State capital.
The book is authored by the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan.
Daniel argued that the first thing a reasonable government must do to fight insecurity is to ensure that the youths are gainfully employed, adding that unemployment remained the biggest threat to Nigeria’s security.
The former Governor insisted the country had not done enough to fight insecurity, adding that fighting insecurity goes beyond the use of force.
His words, “The biggest challenge we have, people talk about insecurity, but it’s information. What has happened today is conglomeration of information people. And I am particularly happy to join them.”
“We need to continually educate our people, give them quality information because where information is missing, all sort of mischief happens and the nation can be destroyed.”
“I think clearly we have not done enough in trying to secure our environment. The way I look at it security is more than getting ammunitions and chasing ourselves.”
“People must be given employment. The first thing is to make sure that people are employed. It’s after that you will be able to see who constitute security risk. So, for me, providing employment for our people is the first thing we need to do to tackle security issues”, Daniel added.
Hazzan, a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, said, the book was written to inspire readers, especially the youths to live a purposeful life.