Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, has urged Nigerian youths to quit criticising the West African country and instead begin improving it with their God-given abilities and talents.
According to a statement issued by Oluseyi Soremekun, the National Information Officer, UN Office, Nigeria, she spoke at an event in Abuja over the weekend.
‘Be proud of Nigeria, don’t condemn her, don’t lose hope –– DSG Amina J. Mohammed advises young Nigerians,’ read the statement.
“You have an education, the tools, and a bright career ahead of you, and you’re already condemning yourself before you even begin. Please don’t do that! Be proud of your nation, Nigeria; do not condemn her or give up hope.
“How are you going to turn Nigeria around if you believe it is getting worse rather than better?” Ms Mohammed inquired and went on to say, “I’m not sure where you want to go if you don’t want to help create this country. I promise you that the world is not prepared to absorb 240 million Nigerians. As a result, let us work together to figure out how to save it,” Mohammed was quoted as saying to the youths.
The Deputy Secretary-General asked young men and women who compare Nigeria to other countries to compare Nigeria to other countries with similar populations and independence at the same time. She went on to say, “Don’t compare apples to oranges.”
“While I believe that successive governments have not completely realized the potential of this country, I disagree with the opinion that there is no hope; I disagree with utter condemnation of Nigeria,” the former Nigerian environment minister added. Nigeria is a fantastic country, arguably the best on the planet.
“Every right comes with a responsibility to tell the truth. However, the truth can take on a variety of hues depending on who is telling it. Your statement has an impact on people’s lives because you are an educated person. Because you are educated and a university student, some people take you seriously.”
The Deputy Secretary-General asked them to be confident in their statements and to consider the consequences of their comments because there are possibilities to improve things in Nigeria together.
“Young people must participate. There is no need to throw stones at any government institution unless you are willing to enter that government and make a difference. It may take a lifetime, but people must make the necessary sacrifices. There will be a significant difference if enough of us push in the right direction,” she continued.