Popular Nigerian music superstar, Ogunmefun Olanrewaju, popularly known as Vector has attributed the high rate of fraud among youths to harsh and unfavourable living conditions in the country. The rapper who spoke at the maiden edition of ‘Street Voices,’ a youth advocacy event held last weekend at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, stated that no Nigerian youth ever dreamt of ending up on the streets, but were forced to by circumstances beyond their control.
According to Vector, the prevailing harsh living conditions pushed some youths into surviving by any means possible, including through fraud. “The youths need to adopt good mentors, rather than those who will lure them into fraudulent activities. The Internet age should afford the youths an opportunity to make better and informed choices. But the Federal Government must play its own role also. I see an advocacy group like Street Voices as a forum to lend their voices to critical issues affecting the youth and the Nigerian society as a whole” he said.
On his part, Mr. Rasaq Ivori – a communication Strategist and the brain behind ‘Street Voices, said the conference became necessary for youths to have a voice. Ivori called on youths to be actively involved in politics, in order to contribute to future policies that affect them. “The youth need to be active in government policies, not just talking about it on social media; they need to amplify their voices under one umbrella. The only way the voices of youths can be heard is when they come together and speak under one umbrella about their challenges and how to address them.”