Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has promised to continue to help youths in the country to achieve their dreams.
This was contained in a personally signed statement made available to Naija News on Tuesday by Atiku on the occasion of the 2020 International Youth Day.
Atiku’s message commended the youths particularly in Nigeria for their perseverance and commitment towards attaining a better country.
He urged the youths to see themselves as agents of change upon whose shoulders the hopes of a better Nigeria lies, promising to always give platforms for them to grow and achieve their aspirations just as he has always done.
Read the full statement below:
“I wish to felicitate with the youth across the globe on the 20th Anniversary of the International Youth Day celebration.
I salute the Nigerian youth in particular for their commitment and perseverance towards the attainment of a greater Nigeria.
The theme of this year’s celebration “Youth Engagement for Global Action” gives a critical picture of what the world perceives about the stake of young people globally.
This global picture, which has been on my mind, informed my decision of 40% youth inclusion in my 2019 presidential campaign; a promise I am committed to keeping for the futuristic benefit of our great Nation.
In this era of Covid-19 when the entire world is faced with this plague, the youth have a responsibility to guard against being infected, as well as help to stem the rate of infection by observing the NCDC protocols of washing/sanitizing hands, wearing of face mask, avoiding crowded areas and observing social distancing.
Indeed, the survival of humanity rests largely on the shoulders of the youths, as vigour is required to wear out this plague.
The vigour and spirit that you embody as youth will play a crucial role in the socio-economic survival of the world, and its rejuvenation, post-covid-19.
As leaders of today, and tomorrow, I enjoin you all to preach and practice peace; demonstrate patriotism at all levels; rid yourselves of nepotism and promote competence above all forms of sentiments.
Only then can we truly have the Nigeria of our dream.
I shall stay the course and continue to offer my shoulders for you all to climb because as youths, you are “Leaders of Today”.