Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama

Paul Obi in Abuja

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to jettison the planned N5,000 social security stipend to unemployed Nigerians, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Monday said it will be disingenuous for politicians to make promises during political campaigns only to abandon them after assuming office.

President of CBCN and Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama told THISDAY in an exclusive interview that “we all advice politicians to be prudent in making campaign promises. Before making such promises, they should be adequately thought off, adequately reasoned and adequately planned.

“If during elections campaign, promises were made, those promises should be kept, otherwise, the voting population will feel disappointed and used.

“They have to reason before they make political promises, then, there will be an effective way to respond to youth unemployment,” Kaigama said.

He said: “Though I don’t believe in the distribution of N5,000 as the solution to youth unemployment, it could be that the President and his party may be thinking of another good alternative other than sharing N5,000 to unemployed youths,” the stated.