By: Emeka Alex Akwaeze
It’s yet another year when the youths globally come together in celebration of the Youth Day.
The place of the youths in the global economy cannot be over emphasized, considering their inputs in different sector of the economy. It is needful for the leaders of different nation to pay special attention in providing enabling platform for these youths, the Nigeria youths are known globally to be hard working and full of creativity, all that is needed is for the leaders to provide the needed enabling environment through which they can showcase their God giving potentials.
In this regard the former vice president of Nigeria and presidential aspirant in the last presidential election in Nigeria, in person of Former Vice President and the Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri of Adamawa, in his good will message to the Nigeria youths as they celebrates with other youths across the globe, the 21st anniversary of the International Youth Day.
In his message where he saluted the Nigerian youth in particular for their commitment and perseverance towards the attainment of a greater Nigeria, he noted that the theme for this year’s event ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’ gives a clear picture of what the world perceives about the young people globally.
Stressing that this global perception about the youth has been a focus in his mind, where he took a decision of 40% inclusion of the youth in his 2019 presidential campaign, noting that, this was a promise he was determined to keep bearing in mind the futuristic benefits of our great nation Nigeria.
The former Vice President further noted that this era of Covid19, which face the whole world, the youth have a responsibility of guarding against being infected, as well as helping to stem the rate of infection by total observation of the set-out guidelines by the NCDC protocols of washing and sanitizing of hands, wearing of face mars mask, observing social distancing and avoiding crowded areas.
In addition he noted that human survival rests largely on the shoulders of the youths, noting that this global pandemic requires vigour to wear out the plague, stating that the vigor and spirit the youth embody will play a crucial role in the social-economic survival of the world, and its rejuvenation, post-Covid19.
He further admonish the youth stating that as a leader of today and tomorrow, he urge Nigeria’s youth to be preacher and practice peace, demonstrate patriotism at all levels; get themselves rid of nepotism and endeavor to promote competence above all forms of sentiments at all times, which is the only way we can truly have the Nigeria of our dream, he noted.
In his closing note he assured the Nigeria youths of his continue support, ‘‘I shall stay the course and continue to offer my shoulder for you all to clime because as youth, you are leaders of today’’ this he said.