‘Nigeria should be mind­ful of Arab Spring’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Am­bas­sador Aliyu Isa Mo­hammed yes­ter­day at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence called for the needs of young people to be taken care of in or­der to avoid a re­peat of the Arab Spring in Nigeria.

Mo­hammed, who is Nigeria’s Am­bas­sador to Libya, said jobs must be cre­ated if Nige­ri­ans must sleep with their eyes closed.

He said frus­tra­tion led a youth in Tu­nisia to douse him­self in petrol and set him­self on fire, leading to the con­fla­gra­tion that has en­gulfed parts of the mid­dle-east, cau­tion­ing Nige­rian lead­ers to do the right thing.

He con­demned a sit­u­a­tion where young Nige­ri­ans die in stam­pedes in search of scarcely avail­able jobs, say­ing politi­cians must get it right if Nigeria must move for­ward.

“Those who have fin­ished sec­ondary, pri­mary and univer­sity in­sti­tu­tions are lin­ger­ing about jostling for jobs that are nonex­is­tent. If the su­per­struc­ture is wrong, there is no way the in­fra­struc­ture will be right,” he said.

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