By Abdullahi jalaluddeen
The Convener of Salmah Youth and Enlightenment Initiative, an NGO, Hajiya Naja,atu Muhammmad says she will dedicate the rest of her life time in sensitizing the Youths, retracing their footsteps towards restoring their hope, confidence and honour in getting society to remember its duty bound to help each other as Muslims.
Hajiya Naja,atu stated this during a town hall meeting with youth Groups and other key relevant stakeholders held in Kano.
Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad explained that clerics were not doing enough in getting people to understand their responsibility towards fellow human being.
” Prophet Muhammmad says at the end of the world Clerics will eulogies people in power to get money. This is the time now. We have to rekindle ourselves but unfortunately our Clerics are Executive Almajiri,s, ” she said.
She noted that with the current situation in Nigeria she has decided to change her Strategy and focus more on empowering the youth ,with aim of setting them up to have a bright future.
” I lost hope in politics, I don’t have any interest in politics, I would not politically support any other persons again. It is time to change ourselves outside politics for politics is nothing but detraction.”
She explained that the NGO “Salmah” was established to change the mindset of Youths and give them hope to understand that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Naja,atu explained that to proffer solution, her newly established Initiative will partner Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to have direct access to series of economic interventions.
” There are lots of interventions from CBN which they don’t reach the downtrodden. Most of the times these interventions are given to politicians and unfortunately they don’t have interest what so ever in developing the youths.
” I don’t agree that our people don’t apply, they don’t access only because of the corruption in the channels, otherwise this resources are our God given resources does not belong to any single person in power but to all Nigerians”
Hajiya Naja,atu pointed out that she has discovered talented youths in northern Nigeria noting that they are limited with having non support and encouragement.
She pointed out that Salamah has over hundred NGO,s including that of Drug Abuse to successfully rehablitated after engaging them with skill and entrepreneurship.
” This can be achieved after assessing, counselling and rehablitation of the drug abuse. It is unfortunate that we don’t have a collective voice in the north because leaders don’t care about the youths.
She called on security agencies to avoid using coersive means in tackling youths problem calling on stakeholders to bring them together under single umbrella to have control over them.
Earlier the NDLEA Kano Commander, Isah Likita Muhammad said youth have a greater role to play in promoting Political, Socio economic development of the country.