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Government urged to empower terror-fighting youth

15 August 2013, 09:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Youth leaders appealed to government to empower youngsters involved in tracking down Boko Haram sect members with jobs after the political crisis was over.

Coordinator of the youth under the Northern Youth Unity Forum (NYUF), Mallam Usman Mustapha, said such a move would recognise the key role youth have played in the fight against terror.

"The youth vigilante group, also known as Civilian JTF, has braved all the odds to join the Joint Military Task Force in hunting down members of Boko Haram sect in Borno State," he said while addressing a press conference in Maiduguri.

"The effort of the youth vigilante group in hunting down members of Boko Haram is commendable. The federal government should key into those efforts by providing jobs for the youth instead of allowing them to be misused by selfish politicians as political thugs after the crisis is over."

Mustapha meanwhile commended President Goodluck Jonathan for donating grains to residents in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, to cushion them from the devastating effects of the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern parts of the country.

Mustapha praised the efforts of the Minister of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Bukar Tijjani, for instituting a committee to ensure fair distribution of the food.

- CAJ News


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