How Monarch Wants Govt To Use Youths In Tackling Insecurity
A traditional ruler in south east Nigeria is suggesting how government can tackle insecurity using Nigerian youths which are over half of the nation’s population.
Most of them are unemployed, but the traditional ruler of Ifitedunu in Anambra, Igwe Chukwuemeka Ilouno, believes the government can use them for intelligence gathering.
The King says the issue of security in every society remains the business of every member of a community.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Sunday that the Federal Government should act fast and commence a nationwide enlightenment programme on security intelligence and information gathering involving youths in communities.
This, according to the monarch, would assist security agencies in finding solutions to existing and future security threats in various communities.
Ilouno, who is also the Chairman of Anambra Central Traditional Rulers’ Council, noted that the government lacked the resources in terms of manpower and finance to provide enough security in all communities.
What is needed now is intelligence policing and not physical policing as it is now, the monarch stressed.
"The Federal Government should start massive enlightenment for youths on how to gather useful security information and intelligence for security agencies within their localities and states.
"This should be just as what is found in other climes like in Britain and Israel, where every citizen knows the role to play in terms of security and they easily give valid and useful security information to their security agencies to nip crime and criminality in the bud on time.
"This is the way to go so that everybody will be involved and we can as a people secure our communities, states and country better by stopping evil people from their schemes on time," he said.
Traditional rulers and religious leaders are other groups of persons that the monarch also said the government could involve in the enlightenment campaign since the two groups appreciate the benefits of security and peace.