A coalition of about 50 youth and peace building organisations in Nigeria have commended the United Nations (UN), Security Council for the adoption of resolution on protection of young people.
Rafiu Lawal, Chairman of the coalition gave the commendation in a statement issued to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
He also called for national action that would guarantee the protection of young people among member states.
Lawal said that the new resolution called on all UN member states to ensure the protection of young people in civic spaces and recognised the agency of young people.
This, he said, was in contribution to peace and security, while urging stakeholders, government, international organisations, civil society and private business actors to include the youth in all relevant peace processes.
According to him, we commend the UN for this bold declaration again in support of young people and youth-led peace building organisations across the globe amidst challenging terrain.
“For us in Nigeria, we state unequivocally that there is no better time to push for the protection of young people than now.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the Nigerian youth leading to high levels of deprivation, human rights violations and insecurity.
“The high unemployment rates in the country have ensured most young people adapt to menial jobs and small-scale businesses that depend on daily wages to earn their living,” he said.
He stated that the varying degrees of lockdown and restrictions since March had led to loss of livelihoods of millions of youth with little palliatives by relevant policy-makers.
He decried increase in gender-based violence especially with young girls and women being abused by pedophiles and sexual predators without adequate deterrence from the justice system.
“Hard-working young people continue to be wrongly profiled by security agencies as fraudsters with their fundamental human rights trampled upon in arbitrary detentions, sexual harassment and intimidation,” he stated.