As the world marks international youth day today, 12th August, 2020 as designated by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth, the National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) CSP Ebere Amaraizu has charged Nigerian Youths to continue to remain law abiding, shun negative tendencies like cultism and other vices as well as violence and any other thing that will bring them in conflict with the law, for a safe and secured society.
Amaraizu who made the charge while reflecting on the theme of year 2020 celebration tagged “YOUTH ENGAGEMENT FOR GLOBAL ACTION” maintained that Youths involvement in Cultism, Sexual and Gender Based violence, Substance/Drug Abuse, Thuggery/Violence and other vices is a worrisome development and helps to destroy their future by making it impossible for proper engagement.
He also solicited for the partnership of Government, Non governmental Agencies, Community and Faith Based Groups as well as political class and other relevant stakeholders “to intensify efforts and to ensure that strategic leadership directions are provided for the Nigerian Youths to impact positively on the society.
“The Youth as leaders of tomorrow should strive at all time to see themselves as agents of change by sticking to those socital acceptable norms and values to be able to contribute their quota in Nation building, growth and development.
Amaraizu maintained that ” the youths have the number and can make positive difference when the advantage is well utilized” and appealed “to the youths to join in making the difference in the society through positive propagation of those good virtues, morals and values using the platforms provided by the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices(POCACOV) for the achievement of peace, safety and security in our society.”
He also advised the youths to “strive at all time towards ensuring that as they go about watching football, that they should for instance, exhibit high sense of positive solidarity which the sports preaches rather than making enemies that someone does not belong to their clubs. They should not allow their emotion to cause commotion.”
He further used the occassion of the international youth day celebration to appeal to the Nigerian Youths to “join the ongoing Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) initiated by the Inspector General of police IGP Mohammed Abubakar ADAMU which is aimed at saving Nigerian youths from the claws of cultism and other vices thus making them meaningful by retracing their ways and contributing their quota towards the nation building.
“The programme, which is community driven and involving different stakeholders and galvanizing their support to get the root of the crime as well as its resolutions in line with the tenets of community oriented policing through advocacy, awareness creation and sensitization, mentoring, and re-orientation.”