A Psychologist, Mrs Imabong Sanusi says parents need to take steps to bring up their children properly to curb the “get rich quick” syndrome amongst the youths.
Sanusi, who is also the Executive Director of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Foundation (WOTCLEF), made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
She said that the quest for fast, undeserved wealth drove some youths to commit crimes including frauds and rituals.
He urged parents to wake up to their responsibilities of imbibing the right values in their children.
“Crimes are attractive to some youths because of lack of value, parental failure, dysfunctional homes and peer pressure.
“Marriage is not for boys and girls so, let people be responsible, more so, let parents wake up to their responsibilities by imbibing good values and morals on their children and wards, ” she advised.
Sanusi said that religious bodies and other social groups also had important roles to play in raising Nigerian youths to be responsible.
“The religious bodies have a lot to do. The media, educational institutions and the Clergy all have influences and can change their attitudes for the better.’’
She advised parents to bear the number of children that they can cater for, while urging government to make basic education accessible to all Nigerian children as a means of empowerment.
“We should know that things are hard everywhere but people should bear the number of children they can cater for.
“Family economic empowerment is key. Parents should be good examples to their children.
“Government should ensure that quality, basic education is accessible to all and must be free,” she said.
Newsmen report that the issue of crimes, ranging from advance fee fraud and money rituals has become prevalent amongst Nigerian youths in recent times.
The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been inundated by increasing number of youths who are attracted by the allure of fraud and other financial crimes in spite of the commission’s efforts at checking them.