A kidnap victim, Dr. Adebowale Saddiq, has called for increased effort at job creation for the youth as panacea for kidnapping and other criminal activities.
Saddiq told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Nsukka that government should provide more employment opportunities for young graduates in order to reduce crime in the society.
Saddiq, the medical director of Nussy Saddiq Memorial Hospital, Nsukka, was recently abducted by unknown persons in Enugu and later released.
He said if by listening to the discussions of the kidnappers, he deduced that some of them were frustrated.
“If some of them had jobs, I do not think they would have gone into crime. Government should as a matter of necessity cut down on salaries and allowances paid to governors, national and state assembly lawmakers to build more industries that will employ graduates,” he said.
Saddiq expressed concern that medical doctors had become the target for kidnappers, arguing that it was due to the erroneous impression that doctors were very wealthy members of the society.
He advised kidnappers look for legitimate means of livelihood to be useful to themselves and to the society.
He said, Unemployment or hunger is not an excuse before God for kidnapping or killing people in the name of armed robbery or Boko Haram.
“A young graduate without a job who wishes to be useful to himself can start something no matter how small and then approach people for financial assistance.”