The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged youths in the country to avoid extravagance and always strive to live within their means.
The Etsu Nupe who is also the Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, spoke on Thursday in Bida in a message at the celebration of the 2019 International Youth Day organised by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Bida branch.
Represented by the Mayaki Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Mayaki, Etsu Nupe said when youths lived within their means and purchased what they could only afford, they would never engage in questionable activities or characters to get money.
“One should make effort to earn a proper life devoid of extravagance, arrogance, pride and above all unfaithfulness to God.
“As mere mortals, we should always remember that we came into this worthless world with nothing and we are going back absolutely without anything, hence, life is vanity upon vanity
“Therefore, we should always put it at the back of our minds that what we legally earn we freely spend, but while doing so we should do so wisely,” Etsu Nupe said.
The first class traditional ruler also appealed to Nigerians to have additional sources of income from trading, farming, tailoring and other artisans.
Abubakar cited civil servants who depended on their monthly salaries and would not have any additional source of income to fall back after retirement rather than gratuities and pensions.
This, the monarch lamented, was why many retirees were living a beggerly life immediately after retirement.
NYCN conferred some honorary awards on prominent citizens of the zone, including Alhaji Mohammed Baba Busu, the Nasarawa State Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and former Media Assistant to retired IGP Ibrahim Idris.