Youth restiveness is the extreme form of deviant behavior among youths which is socially unacceptable in any society. Restiveness, being an attribute of youthful exorbitance, is a global phenomenon that is challenging. It could also be a combination of any action that constitutes unwholesome, unacceptable activities engaged in, by the youths in any given community. Basically, the development of youths is meant to be one of the priorities of any country as they are being groomed to become leaders of tomorrow. The youths constitute a force, that if their energies are properly controlled, there will be vast progress and improvement. Nevertheless, when such energies are degenerated on actions that are unfavorable to national development, such a country will definitely experience multitudes of difficulties. There has been increase in the occurrence of violence and lawlessness, hostage-taking of prominent citizens and expatriate oil workers, as well as oil bunkering, arms insurgence, cultism in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria.
Youth restiveness can fit the label as a sustained protestation embarked upon to enforce a desired outcome from a constituted authority. The youths constitute a force, that if their energies are properly controlled, there will be vast progress and improvement. Nevertheless, when such energies are degenerated on actions that are unfavorable, it results into crimes. Such crimes as hostage-taking of prominent citizens and expatriate oil workers, illegal oil bunkering and arms insurgency have all caused insecurity for business to thrive, thereby affecting economic development in Nigeria.
On various cases unparalleled violence, the cases of kidnapping, abduction and cruel destruction of valued structures as well as lives and personal properties has occurred a lot. These are mostly the activities of youth that are publicly intolerable caused by imposed desired result from the established authority. It is commonly reported that poverty, unemployment and education amid others are accountable for this high level of insecurity decided by youth restiveness in the form of bombing mosques, churches, markets and killing of innocent people.
Poverty is the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Poverty is said to exist when people lack the means to satisfy their basic needs. Poverty can also be the outcome of inefficient use of common resources. This may result from weak policy environment, inadequate infrastructure, weak access to technology, credit etc. Also, it can be due to certain groups using certain mechanisms in the system to exclude “problem groups” from participating in economic development, including the democratic process.
Poverty has remained a threat and challenge to humanity in all ramifications. It is complex, multidimensional and multifaceted with manifestations in the economic, social, political, environmental and every realm of human existence. Poverty has multiplier effects and linkages such that lack of access to resources can affect health status, life expectancy, security, education and relationships. Efforts are being intensified globally through reforms, interventions and sustainable development goals to tackle poverty and improve living standards. Nations are categorized on the scale of development based on indices that have direct bearing on poverty.
Youth restiveness is a sustained protestation embarked upon to enforce desired outcome from a constituted authority by an organized body of youths. Youth restiveness involves the combination of actions, behaviors, attitudes exhibited by youths which are socially unacceptable and unwholesome in the society and it has being a device through which youths use to obtain what they want from the relative authority.
Youth restiveness involves the combination of actions behaviors attitudes exhibited by youths which are socially unacceptable and unwholesome in the society. Youth restiveness has been a device through which youth use to obtain what they want from the relevant authorities.
POVERTY AND YOUTH RESTIVENESS
Poverty simply means the state of lacking material possessions, that is, of having little or no means to support oneself. Anyone lacking the means necessary to remain alive is in poverty. Poverty and ignorance in Nigeria socio-cultural environment among its citizens is very clear and wide spread sending signal of insecurity on daily basis. The practice of kidnapping of individual and asking for huge sum of money as ransom for the release of their victim has suddenly added terror to an already fear prone environment through institutionalized incidence of armed robbery, intertribal wars, Boko Haram bombing etc.
In conclusion, the development of youths is paramount to the development of any Nation in every form especially economically. Also, with adequate and due measures youth restiveness can be curbed; Nigeria youths can achieve their potentials and participate actively in both local and international affairs which can contribute immensely to the growth of the country’s development.