As normalcy returns after an orgy of violent attacks by suspected cultists in Asaba and environs, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Leader in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State, Comrade Felix Eboh, has called on the state government to further engage the youths in meaningful ventures.
Speaking in an interview the heels of the restoration of peace, after the escape of suspected cultists from the town and arrest of few others, the youth leader also charged parents to advice their children against inimical engagements as youth leaders and security agents would not spare anyone arrested for cultism in the town.
Being in the vanguard of bodies that worked to restore peace during the period, Comrade Eboh explained that through the efforts of the anti-cult groups, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Area, Comrade Uche Osadebe, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Special Anti-Cult Unit (SACU), Cable-Point Dynamic Youths (CAPDY) and other stakeholders, some suspected cultists were nabbed while others escaped from the heat and onslaught by the stakeholders.
According to him, in the heat of the onslaught, no fewer than six persons were reportedly killed while about 10 were hospitalized and currently receiving treatment at different hospitals, adding that they had put in place strategies to forestall such occurrences in future.
While expressing delight that calm had been restored, he said that the state government should step in and rob minds with youth leaders on further steps to take to employ of empower the youths and redirect their strength.
According to him, the recent rampage by cultists might not be unconnected with the effect of long stay at home, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that with the intervention of the state government, the youths could be positively engaged to live appreciable life and contribute to the growth of the economy.
“We must engage the youths and rob minds with them on how they can be engaged because some of this crisis are caused by idleness”, he asserted, regretting that some youths had been misled into heinous crime because of idleness.
He said that they would be happy to live in unity and as a family, reiterating his call on parents to contribute their quota in the upbringing of the youths.