#EndSARS: Catholic bishop warns President Buhari not to deceive the youth

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bauchi-Gombe, Most Reverend Hilary Dachelem, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against deception in an attempt to calm young people after the recent #endSARS protests that rocked parts of the country.

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bauchi / Gombe, Most Reverend Hilary Dachelem, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against deception in an attempt to calm young people after the recent #endSARS protests that rocked parts of the country.

Bishop Dachelem, who was reacting to city hall meetings organized by the federal government after #endSARS protests to dialogue with youth and communities across the country on security issues and the way forward, recommended to the administration commit to genuinely address the plight of youth so that peace may reign

It will be recalled that at various City Hall meetings, the President deployed some of his ministers and some senior government officials to engage youth and praised youth in some states for not participating in the protests.

Representatives for the president who heard youth complaints about some of the government’s policies during City Council meetings, cited the administration’s achievements as well as political interventions for youth, and vowed to do more to end unemployment and unemployment. poverty.

Reviewing City Hall meetings and the steps the federal government is taking after #endSARS, Bishop Dachelem, who spoke to the Daily Sun at his residence in Bauchi, advised Buhari to be sincere and committed to youth issues.

“My advice is that Abraham Lincoln said ‘you can fool some people sometimes, you can fool all people some times, but you can’t fool all people all of the time.’ When you are engaging in a dialogue with young people, be serious. You have to be committed, you have to be realistic and you have to be truthful, ”he said.

“Young people are not promised that today we have this policy, we will do this, we will do that and we will give in. You must chase it, you must realize. They must see it working. That’s the heart of the matter: implementation, impact.

“When you tell the young man that you are going to have a meeting at City Hall, you don’t think you are going to calm his nerves and then you just keep flying and doing whatever it is you are doing.

“No, you must be realistic. Most of our past leaders took leadership positions when they were young: Gowon, Awolowo, all of them came when they were young, so if they could have that perception and be politically aware, they could rise to that position, it means it’s a serious goal with the one we don’t have to play with, otherwise we’re sitting on gunpowder “

The bishop said he was concerned about the young people who said the government is doing nothing about it.

“It is not just the government’s responsibility. We all have to get down to work to make sure our youth are cared for otherwise we will have an unbalanced personality and it is delicate. It is dangerous for us. If we cannot make a better Nigeria today, let us improve the youth for a better Nigeria tomorrow. I worry about youth. They receive less attention, less provision, poorer policies and the poorest implementation of their policies and that is why today society is threatened by all kinds of crimes: armed robbery, kidnapping, promiscuity, addiction, alcoholism, all are products of the evil or bad care of the young. if they are well cared for, we will have a youth that will avoid evil “

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