National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, has called on the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to create jobs for youths in oder to solve the rising insecurity in he country.
While noting that the high rate of unemployment, especially among youths, is fuelling restiveness and insecurity in the country, Tinubu asked the FG to address poverty on the country.
The APC chieftain added that the country’s economy remains fragile, despite exiting recession recently.
Tinubu spoke as the chairman of the 2021 Sardauna Memorial Lecture held at the Arewa house in Kaduna, on Saturday.
He said, “The Federal Government can and should spend more to create more jobs for the youth in both the North and South which is key to eradicating restiveness and sundry criminality among the youth.
“Fiscal wisdom but not necessarily austerity is required for an economy like ours in a time like this, to ensure equitable wealth redistribution and meaningful use of resources.
“The years have shown that the private sector is much too weak to spur the growth we need. If the private sector could manage this feat, it would have already done so. Where the private sector is too weak or unable, the government must fill the void.
“Take a look at the world. Those nations that recovered most quickly from the 2009 economic crisis and now from COVID-19 are those nations that most engaged in government stimulus spending to revive their flagging economies.
“This was not by accident. It is due to purposeful policy and the deeper understanding of the nature of money and the role of a national government in saving a flagging economy.”
The APC chieftain, who spoke on the theme of the lecture, ‘Reduction of the Cost of Governance for Inclusive Growth and Youth Development in Northern Nigeria In a Post-COVID-19 era’, added that “the hedevelopment of any populous nation has always been dependent on the ability of government to allocate sufficient funds to projects and programmes that create and encourage enduring growth and employment.
“We must reject that mode of thinking that assumes government expenditure is inherently unproductive as well as harmful to the overall economy,” he said.
Tinubu recognized the contributions of late Ahmadu Bello to nation building.
“The nation-building contributions made by Sir Ahmadu Bello can never be overstated. More importantly, they should never be forgotten.
“He laboured tirelessly and with great tact and intelligence. Working together with other shining lights such as the late sage Papa Obafemi Awolowo and the esteemed Nnamdi Azikiwe, this great Sardauna of Sokoto helped establish Nigeria as one indivisible and independent nation.
“He was one of the chief architects and builders laying the foundation for the nation destined to be the leader of Africa and a model for the black race.
“It is upon the foundation laid by these extraordinary men that we must continue to build so that Nigeria may achieve its manifest destiny and realise the promise of a greatness too long deferred.”