An Analysis of Youth Restiveness in Nigeria: The Kogi Experience.
Youth restiveness is now a reoccurring phenomenon in Nigeria. This ugly trend has resulted in the loss of lives and properties worth millions of Naira. Efforts put by security operatives to put to rest this problem has not yielded reasonable result. This study attempts an analysis of the problem of youth restiveness in Nigeria with a focus on Kogi State. The study used the Broken Window Theory (BWT) as a theoretical framework while the survey research design was adopted as the methodology with data obtained from both primary and secondary sources. Data was analyzed through the use of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) with percentages, mean and standard deviation as statistical tools for analysis. Findings revealed that the commonest types of youth restiveness activities include: herdsmen/farmers clash, religious violence, protest, ethnic/tribal clash and political clash. Findings also revealed that there are several causes of youth restiveness which include poor socialization, unemployment, lack of social amenities, insecurity, migration and ethnic tribal crisis. The study recommend that Government should sanction any politician or people who engage these young persons as political thugs with severe punishment. This will deter both the culprits and intending offender(s). Because these young people have become just a mere tool in the hand of politicians who make use of them to perpetuate all forms of criminality in the society. The study further recommend that Government and non-governmental organization should educate the citizens on the dangers associated with political clashes. As politics is not a do or die affair. Keywords: Youth, Restiveness, Causes, Crime, Kogi State..