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Report unmanageable youths to traditional rulers – Achebe urges

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PARENTS unable to control restiveness of their youth should report such children to palaces of traditional rulers in their communities or law enforcement authorities for reforms.

  Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council said this when he received Director, Centre for Strategic Leadership and Youth Orientation, Dr Kingsley Ubaoji at Government House, Awka.

  He decried alarming rate of youth restiveness on-going in the country, urging parents to assist government, traditional institutions and stakeholders by reporting such recalcitrant children for reformation.

  “It is only through reforms that such excesses can be curtailed.”

Igwe Achebe explained that such increasing menace was an offshoot of where youths had been used to achieve election malpractices.

  He noted that after being reformed, if they still engage in restiveness and vices such as drug addiction, cultism, robbery and other anti-social vices, they would be handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

  The royal father, who spoke on behalf of others, hinted that the effect of cultism was alarming as according to him greater effect is on individuals, who are involved in such acts.

  He said it was regrettable that nothing good could come out of cultism rather cultism could lead to deaths, drug abuse, sexual assaults, gambling, vandalism and intimidation.

Igwe Achebe, then, condemned use of youths as political thugs while applauding the centre for championing the cause of youths.

  In response, Director of the centre, Kingsley Ubaoji expressed joy at the reception accorded him by the traditional rulers.

  He called for partnership and support of royal fathers in bringing youth restiveness to the barest minimum.

  He enjoined them to key into a programme of non-governmental organisations planning for future that would be sustainable.

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