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M.I Abaga Exposes Cause of Increased Crime Rate in Nigeria

Nigerian rapper and record producer Jude Lemfani Abaga, better known as M.I Abaga has made a revelation on the increased crime rate in the country.

The rap icon in a discussion with an IT expert in Abeokuta explained why some youths have resorted to Internet frauds, ritual killings and other illegal vices in a bid to survive.

M.I Abaga Defends ‘Lazy Nigerian Youths’

The 40-year-old music star defended the youths claiming they are not lazy, but lack of opportunities has brought us to where we are in Nigeria.

M.I in his discussion said: “The youths of Nigeria have been looking for jobs. For anyone to make a claim that they are lazy, the person must be able to look at the indices.

“You can’t just make that sort of conjecture without having the economic framework within which that’s true.

“You can’t say youths are lazy and don’t want to work if unemployment is high. The unemployment rate tells you that there are no jobs.

“If you look at the job market, you will see that there has been serious gross unemployment for a long time. Anytime that there’s gross unemployment, there’s also a tendency for there to be a high crime rate, which is what we are experiencing.

“But the high crime rate is not the indication of young people’s attitudes. It’s an indication that there is an ecosystem where there is no opportunity for them to work.

“And, because they can’t work, and they have to eat, that’s why they have to find a means to survive. That is what we are experiencing in Nigeria today.”

M.I rose to prominence in 2006 when his song “Crowd Mentality” became popular, his debut studio album “Talk About It” was released in 2008 and has since released several albums to his credit.

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