”Groom yourselves for leadership” – President Buhari tells Nigerian youths

President Buhari Friday in Abuja called on Nigerian youths to prepare
themselves for political leadership as his generation will eventually
quit the scene for the younger ones to takeover.

Receiving
the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing led by the Acting National Leader,
Kingsley Dozie Lawrence, President Buhari described Nigerian youths as
very active and critically important in the Nigerian project.

‘‘Youths
are very virile and active. A greater part of the Nigerian population
is made up of youths. They must always be a factor at all times. Youths
must begin to groom themselves for the leadership of Nigeria. I said
this to the leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students
yesterday (Thursday) – sooner than later we will leave the stage and you
will takeover. You have to equip yourselves properly,’’ he said

President
Buhari welcomed the group for appreciating his administration’s effort
in providing the much-needed infrastructure across the country and for
ensuring that Nigerians celebrated the Yuletide with the availability
and price stability of petroleum products.

‘‘I am glad you
appreciate government’s efforts. That is why we are here to make a
difference in the lives of Nigerians and on infrastructure, We will
ensure that the resources of Nigeria work for Nigerians,’’ he said.

On
the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), the President expressed the hope that ‘‘good reason
will prevail’’ in the on-going talks between the Federal Government and
representatives of the union.

Earlier in his remarks, the leader
of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing hailed the Buhari administration for
stabilising the economy, improved security during the Christmas season
and sustaining the development of infrastructure, particularly the
Second Niger Bridge.

‘‘We, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, are
partners-in-progress in the Nigerian Project and will extend hands of
partnership to any administration that guarantees the interest and
welfare of Ndigbo.

‘‘There’s no gainsaying the fact that President
Buhari’s administration has impacted the Igbos in some positive ways,
but there are still areas the Igbos need more impacts,’’ he said.

The
Youth leader, therefore, appealed to the President to make a
categorical statement on the issue of Igbo Presidency in 2023, in
addition to initiating a process for the creation of an additional State
in the South-East, among others.