According to Mohandas K. Ghandi, father of the Indian nation, “The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity and worship without sacrifice.”
The theory that man is a product of his society is not far from the truth as the process of individual character development derives a great influence from the values of the society in question.
The Nigerian youth is the future of the country just as the Nigerian child is the youth of tomorrow. In recent years, the mass media has been awash with reports on the spate of youth unemployment that has culminated in the alarming menace of street touts popularly referred to as Area Boys. Prostitution, armed robbery, fraud, terrorism, kidnapping, ritual killing, street fighting and similar vices are now prevalent in the Nigerian society.
A widely held perception which has been proved by research reports, indicates that a high percentage of Nigerian youths who indulge in anti-social vices are products of lifestyles and practices that do not conform with appropriate and decent moral and cultural values that were transferred to the current generation of parents by the previous one. The extent to which parental irresponsibility is exhibited today will worry any Nigerian adult who is adequately informed about the threatening growth of a breed that has been properly positioned to promote vices capable of destroying Nigeria’s tomorrow.
Today’s Nigeria is a society that has many men and women, including politicians and elites who indulge in extra-marital affairs that result in child bearing without any plans for children emerging from such encounters. There is no news in the fact that Nigerian moneybags (who are many), keep chains of mistresses that in most cases, (in this era of scramble for husbands), deliver children that