On the occasion of our nation’s 59th Independence anniversary today, I felicitate with Nigerians, particularly our vibrant youth that form an active segment of our population.
Our country stands at the threshold of history under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as the administration continues to correct the ills of the past and strives to bequeath a legacy of a prosperous Nigeria.
Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is achievable if we focus on developing our youth that make up the chunk of our population to become globally competitive and equipped to contribute to national development. This is a drive I am committed to spearhead.
In pursuit of this, over the past few weeks of assuming office, we have laid the building blocks of programmes that will not only rejuvenate our sports but also develop our youth through a combination of empowerment and employment.
An economically empowered youth, is an emancipated youth and the multiplier effect on the nation is better felt, than imagined. We are poised to delivering this, in line with the Presidential Mandate.
As we celebrate today, let us focus on things that unite us, and deemphasize those that deepen division. Bitterness, ethno-religious division and strife have no place in the prosperous Nigeria of our dreams.
We must join hands to build the nation we seek. If we all do what is right within our sphere of influence, the New Nigeria we desire will rise. The occasion of our nation’s 59th Independence anniversary is a good time to remind ourselves that change begins with us.
Happy Independence Day, Nigeria.