By Abdulaziz Ibrahim Hassan
Northern Youth have been called upon to abandon harmful habits and embrace positive behavior in line with the National Core Values to overcome insecurity and other challenges plaguing the region.
A Book reviewer, Dr. Usman Abubakar, from the Federal University Kashere, made the call during his speech at a book launch titled “Matasan Arewa: Hattara da Miyagun Halaye” authored by Alh. Abubakar Abdulkarim Kumo, held at the multipurpose hall of Gombe State University.
Dr. Abubakar Usman emphasized the pivotal role of young individuals in meaningful development, stressing the need for them, especially those in the Northern part of the country, to steer clear of criminal activities and focus on acquiring education.
He believes education will provide a pathway for them to contribute significantly to the economic prosperity and development of the region and the country as a whole.
The book reviewer commended the author for his in-depth analysis and identification of problems negatively affecting youth, along with the proposed solutions.
In his speech, Lamido Akko, His Royal Highness, Alh. Umar Muhammad Atiku, represented by the District head of Barunde, Alh Idris Muhammad Atiku, expressed happiness as the author of the book hails from his emirate, advising youth to read the book for a better future.
The Royal father also urged government officials, especially Senators and members of the House of Representatives, to prioritize providing job opportunities to the youth and empowering them through various handicrafts which according to him, this approach will address a multitude of issues.
Earlier in his welcome address, the author, Alh Abubakar Abdulkarim Kumo, Deputy Registrar of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, stated that he wrote the book as a contribution to combating bad habits among the youth, which he believes are the root causes of problems in the northern part of Nigeria.
The book launch event was attended by traditional and religious leaders, academicians, politicians, and other dignitaries.