United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has called on young Nigerians to stop condemning their country despite its many flaws.
A statement by a United Nations national information official, Oluseyi Soremekun, said Ms. Mohammed made the appeal when speaking to students at Baze University in Abuja last Thursday.
âYou have an education, you have the tools, and you have a huge future ahead of you, and you condemn yourself before you start this journey. Don’t do that! Be proud of Nigeria, your country; don’t condemn it and don’t lose no hope, âMs. Mohammed said.
Ms Mohammed, who was recently reappointed for a second five-year term, also urged those who perceive that there is more harm than good in Nigeria to rethink because, she said, “if you want your country that way, that’s the direction it will take. go. Even if it’s not that good, you have to want it to be successful, because the success of this country is yours. If you fail, we will have conflict after conflict.
âIf you think Nigeria is worse than better, then how are you going to fix it? Ms. Mohammed asked, further declaring, “If you don’t want to build this nation, I don’t know where you want to go. I can assure you that the world is not ready to welcome 240 million Nigerians. Therefore, let’s think about how to save it together.
Regarding young men and women “who do not hesitate to compare Nigeria with other countries”, the Deputy Secretary General urged them “to compare Nigeria with other countries of equal population and who have had the independence at the same time â.
âDon’t compare apples with oranges,â she added.
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