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Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014

NASS aspirant vows to tackle insurgency through youth empowerment

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

An aspirant into the House of Representatives for Maiduguri Metropolitan Council of Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Bukar said if elected, he would unveil effective youth empowerment mechanisms to curb the involvement of youth into insurgency.

Bukar, a banker with 25 years experience in banking industry, is contesting for the lower chamber of the National Assembly on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday, the aspirant observed that the onging insurgency could only be tackled when teeming unemployed youths are empowered to be self-reliance.

According to him, the rate of unemployment and poverty among youth was alarming, which forced the youth to be misled into militancy and other crimes.

“If elected into the House of Representatives, my primary task in the short run is to initiate youth empowerment project to address poverty and unemployment which are among the major factors contributing to the present security challenges caused by Boko Haram insurgency,” he said.

According to him, until the twin problems of poverty and unemployment among youths are drastically reduced, insurgency will persist.

His words “I am not raising alarm on the rising rate of poverty and unemployment which are among contributing factors causing the present insecurity in Borno state. Rather, I’m just drawing the attention of the authorities and other stakeholders on the urgent for everyone to join forces to end the problem”.

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