United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has urged young Nigerians to stop condemning the country, rather, they should begin to build the nation with their God-given skills and talents.
A statement signed by the National Information Officer, United Nations Office, Nigeria, Oluseyi Soremekun, said Mohammed spoke at an event in Abuja over the weekend.
The UN Sec-General noted that the world is not ready to take 240 million Nigerian migrants, hence the need for citizens of the West African nation to work to preserve her.
The statement titled; ‘Be proud of Nigeria, don’t condemn her, don’t lose hope – DSG Amina J. Mohammed tells young Nigerians’.
It read: “You have got education, you have the tools, and you have a huge future ahead of you, and you are condemning yourself before you start on that journey. Do not do that! Be proud of Nigeria your country, do not condemn her and do not lose hope.
“If you think Nigeria is worse than better, then how are you going to turn it around? If you do not want to build this nation, I do not know where you want to go. I can assure you the world is not ready to take 240 million Nigerians. Therefore, let’s think about how to salvage it together.”
As regards young men and women who are quick to compare Nigeria with other nations, Mohammed appealed to them to compare Nigeria with other nations with equal population and that had independence at the same time.
She said; “Young people must get involved. There is no reason to throw stones at any institution of government unless you are willing to get into that government and do something about it. It might take you a lifetime, but it does require people to make the sacrifice. If enough of us are pushing in the right direction, there will be a big difference.”