Leadership (Abuja)

23 January 2013

Nigeria: Presidential Aide Urges the Youth to Promote Values

Mr Jude Imagwe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Matters, on Wednesday urged the youth to promote values that would aid national development.

Imagwe gave the advice at the first official meeting with the state chairmen of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), held in Abuja.

According to him, the youth form a major part of the nation's population and that by imbibing moral values, their attention will be taken away from vices and peace will be sustained.

He advised the participants to always work closely with one another and promote ethical values, adding that it would help to foster unity and development in the country.

"We must have a new beginning and we must start the beginning with the people that matter.

"Regular interface, interaction and conversations are the strengths that any government that wants to succeed must imbibe.

"It is us that should believe in the Nigeria of our dream; we should see Nigeria stronger in our hearts, than any other person can preach to us.

"What ever situation we find ourselves in our country today, it all boils down to the youth, if they say insecurity they will turn to the youth, if they increase school fees in our campuses, they will turn to the youth.

"Whether we like it or not, we have a greater responsibility than any other set of persons to redirect and refocus Nigeria.

"If we hope to have a better Nigeria tomorrow, we therefore owe this country the moral obligation."

He, however, promised to project the concern of the youth at the Federal Executive Council meeting, to ensure the development of young people in the country.

Also speaking, Mr Ibikunoluwa Oluwole, Chairman of State Chairmen of NYCN, advised the Federal Government to incorporate the youth council into the SURE-P and YOU WIN programmes.

According to him, the security challenges being experienced in the country can be surmounted, if ethnic and religious differences are discouraged.

He, however, expressed the council's commitment and full support for the Federal Government's Transformation Agenda and efforts to make Nigeria one of the largest economies by 2020.

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