Nigerian youths can find solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the country and the African continent, says the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ismaeel Ahmed, the National Youth Representative in the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), disclosed this in a statement to commemorate Nigerian youths on the International Youth Day (IYD).
“As we celebrate the International Youth Day today, I, on behalf of our great party and the CECPC, celebrate the potential and power of young people all over the nation to shape the future of our country,” stated Mr Ahmed. “With a large percentage of the nation’s population under the age of 35, our generation will find solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing our nation and continent as a whole.”
He stressed that the APC leadership and President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime were committed to providing an opportunity for young people to ensure they are not only leaders of tomorrow but also leaders of today.
Mr Buhari had once told the international community that Nigerian youths were lazy.
Mr Ahmed further claimed that the utmost goal of the APC CECPC and the party’s leadership was in building skills to strengthen youth leadership in party administration, governance, business, academia.
He added that the goal of the party’s leadership was also to provide young entrepreneurs with capital and a network to grow a start-up.
“Youth are often the voices at the forefront of advocating for our party before, during, and after the various campaigns,” said the APC youth leader. “Today, I commemorate the energetic spirit of young people all over Nigeria and their ability to improve and secure the future of our motherland.”
The IYD was established by the UN General Assembly, which on December 17, 1999, endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. The 2021 International Youth Day theme is ‘Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health’.