Speaker Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, has admonished the political class to begin to not only preach youth empowerment and inclusion but to also practise it.
The Speaker stated this at the Special Town Hall meeting for stakeholders convoked by the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, at the Dr Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, today.
“Let nobody deceive anybody that what is happening is against Mr President who is in Abuja as some people may want it to appear.
“A lot of people hijacked that protest; we have people from the political divide trying to bring down a constitutionally elected Government.
“If there is something, we must learn from what has happened, it is that we as politicians have become endangered species.
“If you are a politician, you must begin to preach and practise youth empowerment and inclusion.
“What we expect is that the National Assembly should enact necessary laws that will create employment for the youths.
“We must be able to de-emphasize destruction of Government properties; those that sent you should remember they also have their own Individual properties.
“Nobody will be allowed to destroy anything if the right things are done.
“Everybody must put hands together to support the Government; the protest has been hijacked, we got it wrong when we allowed the protest to be hijacked.
“I am pleading with the youths, you have made your points and I want you to stick to it because if you come out with a gun, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army are trained to engage such a person. Wanton destruction of government properties or individual properties will not take us anywhere,” he concluded.