This paper looked at unemployment in Nigeria vis-à-vis government’s response to youth empowerment between 2015 and 2020. It relied on secondary data retrieved from online academic publications and other relevant online documents as well as the author’s view for informed analysis and as a basis for evaluation. The paper observed that the prevailing security challenge in Nigeria is a resultant effect of prolong youth neglect as they take to various forms of crime and criminality. It recommends among others, that the present government should have a change of mindset towards youth empowerment programmes/initiatives as well as their administrations; if they really mean well to reduce the overall tension in the country.
Keywords: Unemployment, Nigeria, youth, employment, security