In an interview with the Daily Post, Abaga argued that Nigerian youngsters are not idle, but that the country’s predicament has led the youth’s inability to get jobs, which has pushed them into fraudulent operations, crimes, and other ritual killings.
“Nigeria’s youth have been looking for work. A person must be able to glance at the indices in order to argue that they are lazy. You can’t just make that kind of assumption without first understanding the economic context.
“You can’t blame youths for being lazy or unwilling to work when unemployment is rising. The unemployment rate indicates that there are no open positions. If you look at the job market, you will notice that there has been significant gross unemployment for quite some time. When there is a high percentage of unemployment, there is a tendency for there to be a high rate of crime, which is what we are seeing now.
“However, the high crime rate does not reflect the mindset of young people.” It’s a sign that there’s a mechanism in place that prevents them from working.
“And because they are unable to work and must eat, they must devise a means of surviving.” That’s what we’re seeing in Nigeria right now,” he said.
“I believe that the creatives are regarded as the society’s non-serious individuals. What we want to demonstrate today is that creatives improve everything. They’re in charge of the tech industry.”