Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu has charged youths in Nigeria to always abide by the rule of law, noting that most people in the society especially youths, do not respect the dictates of the laws of the land.
Speaking on Friday at a public lecture organised in commemoration of Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day Celebration held at the Abuja National Mosque, Kalu said disrespect of the rule of law is one of the major causes of the problems in our society today.
Kalu while condemning the rate of lawlessness in the country said: “Society, including our youths, also need to imbibe the character of obeying the law, especially court orders.
“The laws must be obeyed no matter the level of the court until the order is vacated. Disrespect of the rule of law is one of the major causes of the problems in our society today.
“Most people in the society, especially the youths, don’t keep to the law, for example driving against the traffic light. Even the wealthy and educated in our society are also guilty of the same offence.
“Personally, I see no difference between Islam and Christianity, because both of them preach peace, oneness, and togetherness. It takes a good Christian to identify a good Muslim and vice-versa.
He also added that the formulation of youth friendly bills will be one of the main focus of the Nigerian Senate under the leadership of President Ahmed Lawan.
According to him, youths must also ensure they contribute their own quota to nation building without depending solely on the government for everything.
“Most of our youths have taken so many things for granted because they expect so much from the government. During my early days as a youth, I became the Chairman of Cooperative and Commerce Bank in Eastern Nigeria at just 27 years old, and I went ahead to become a Governor in 1999.
“Today, majority of the youths in Nigeria expect the government to do virtually everything for them.
“The youths are expected to be vibrant, creative and innovative in order to make way for themselves.
“I encourage our youths to cooperate with our elders. Our elders also owe it as a duty to guide our youths through the right path,” he added.