Former first lady Patience Jonathan has encouraged Nigerian students to aspire to become first lady, president, governor, and senator, urging them to prioritise education.
She noted that she wanted them to act as agents of change, innovation, and development.
“You are the future leaders of Nigeria, and how you behave while in this school will determine what you become in the future,” Mrs Jonathan advised. “My children, I was once in your place, and now I look forward to you being in my place tomorrow. I see among you, the future president of Nigeria, governors, National Assembly members, Senate president, speaker of the House of Representatives, businessmen, and women.”
Mrs Jonathan made the comments on Monday at Ignatius Ajuri University of Education, Port Harcourt, at an event organised by the University of Education Women Association (UEWA).
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by Wealth Ominabo, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s media aide.
The statement noted that the event witnessed the launch of a complex built by the association and the orientation for 100-level students at the university.
Mrs Jonathan, an alumna of the school, was honoured by the UEWA as their grand matron. Addressing the students, she said, “I want you all to know that education is very important for the growth and development of our nation.
“You are to act and serve as agents of change, innovation, and development. When you are educated, you contribute to building a more peaceful and prosperous country.”
She charged the students to be disciplined and to work hard to justify the investment made by their parents and guardians.
“You must work hard and be disciplined to justify the investments made by your parents and guardians. So, my beloved children, I urge you all to shun social vices that will bring shame to your families and guardians,” said Mrs Jonathan.
She also commended the leaders of the association for their contributions to the growth and development of the university.