Nigerian youths have been advised to brace up for leadership roles.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the advice because according to him, “whether we like it or not, we will someday handover to Nigerian youths.”
This the president said, when he received the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leaders from the six geo-political zones, at the presidential villa, Abuja .
He said “With all certainty, someday you will have to take up the mantle of leadership in this country, and you should be prepared for huge responsibilities.”
President Buhari further stated that the younger generation should ensure that they see the nation as one rather than inter-ethnic or religious background.
He added: “And you have to brace up for leadership. Some interest groups will come up with ethnic, religious issues, but you have to look at the broader picture.
He recalled that there was a civil war in the country, which claimed the lives of over 2 million Nigerians, adding that the nation learned its lesson.
“Nigeria is one country, and no one should take our firmness for granted,’’ he said.
President Buhari said he took interest in politics after a clean bill on his integrity by those who detained him after the 1985 military coup and who thoroughly checked his record as governor of the North East, Minister of Petroleum and Head of State and found nothing incriminating.
“After I was released and nothing was found on me, I took an interest in politics. This is what pushed me into partisan politics; to serve with integrity. So I decided to try leadership as a civilian, after taking off the military uniform,’’ he added.
He assured that during this second term, he would maintain firmness, focus and relentlessness while delivering results, especially while securing the country and stimulating the economy to work for all, and fighting corruption.
“I am currently serving my last term in office. I swore by the constitution to defend the country, and I will do the needful for the country,’’ President Buhari said.