Unemployed Nigerians Finds Solace in kidnapping: UK envoy

Terrorist organizations and bandit gangs, according to Catriona Laing, the UK British High Commissioner to Nigeria, give unemployed youngsters with choices, and that “sustainable employment opportunity” is a means to deal with Nigeria’s rising crime rate.

According to a recent World Bank report, Nigeria’s unemployment rate has climbed more than ever before in the country’s history under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Terrorist organizations and bandit gangs, according to Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, give unemployed youngsters with choices, and that “sustainable employment opportunity” is a means to deal with Nigeria’s rising crime rate.

According to a recent World Bank report, Nigeria’s unemployment rate has climbed more than ever before in the country’s history under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

According to a National Bureau of Statistics report, Nigeria‘s jobless rate has increased fivefold since 2010, from 6.4 percent in 2010 to 33.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Mrs Liang remarked on Arise TV on Tuesday that Nigeria faces security challenges because terrorist organizations and bandit gangs continue to provide unemployed youth with options.

“A sustainable employment opportunity is a way to deal with different security threats. In the South, you see cultists and so on. In the Middle-Belt, you got this farmers-herders sort of conflict and kidnapping increasingly spreading around the whole country. In the North-East, it is the Islamic State of West Africa,” Mrs Liang enumerated. 

“If you are a young man without a job, they present to you a viable alternative. Ultimately, economic growth, employment opportunities are probably the single most valuable way to solve this underlying problem.”


Describing Nigerian security challenges as “completely overwhelming,” Mrs Liang said, “I think the government is grappling with this. The range of insecurity challenges that this government is facing is just completely overwhelming. And so I really do understand the challenges they have got, particularly with kidnapping in terms of paying a ransom.

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Bandits have continued to kidnap students en masse for ransom, forcing some northern states to close their schools.

Bandits destroyed a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet in Zamfara two weeks ago, while other students seized in Tegina, Niger State, remain in captivity.

However, Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson, criticized the Nigerian media in April for portraying insecurity as a new phenomenon in the country in order to discredit Mr Buhari’s administration.

Bandits have continued to kidnap students en masse for ransom, forcing some northern states to close their schools.

Bandits destroyed a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet in Zamfara two weeks ago, while other students seized in Tegina, Niger State, remain in captivity.

However, Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson, criticized the Nigerian media in April for portraying insecurity as a new phenomenon in the country in order to discredit Mr Buhari’s administration.

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