President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Nigerian youths to keep faith in the ability of the country to surmount her current challenges.
Speaking at the 2014 International Youth Day Celebrations in Abuja yesterday with the theme: “Youth and Mental Health: Nigerian Youth at Centenary”, the president said Nigerians must collectively work to defeat all divisive tendencies attempting to undermine the nation’s march to the future.
Represented by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, the president said “There is no greater pursuit worth our time at present than advancing the collective interest of our beloved country, Nigeria”.
Jonathan explained that his administration’s commitment to providing the enabling environment for every Nigerian to thrive, irrespective of religious and political affiliation, remained unshakeable.
He, however, noted that the government would need the partnership and support of all patriotic Nigerians to provide such an enabling environment.
He added that government was indebted to the youth, thanking them for their support and resilience in the face of the nation’s numerous development challenges.
According to him, the youth have, for decades, helped to build the Nigeria of today and will build the Nigeria of tomorrow.
Earlier, the Minister of Youth Development and former Adamawa State governor, Mr. Boni Haruna, said the event was aimed at raising the global awareness on the challenges facing the youth such as unemployment, exclusion from leadership, among others.