Despite the economic challenges in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged Nigerian youths not to lose hope.
He gave the advise while receiving the National Planning and Implementation Committee on the 2016 National Youth Open Water Swimming Competition at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking specifically to Nigerian athletes, he urged them to be up and doing in order to show Africa and the rest of the world that Nigeria’s size and number is not for nothing.
According to him, the size of Nigeria, it’s natural resources and population have put the country in a very difficult position, not only in Africa but throughout the world.
He said “Everybody expect Nigeria to perform because of our quality human and material resources. We just have to be up and doing in order to show Africa and the rest of the world that our size and number and not for nothing.
“We should prove that we can produce competitive individuals and we are able to manage ourselves, he added.
He also urged the youths to be more competitive in their various human endeavour so as to justify the country’s size and resources.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation Senator Kabiru Gaya said that the objectives of the competition include to raise a pool of responsive young Nigerian swimmers; to discover hidden talents and breed future stars and professionals to represent Nigeria in international swimming competitions; to promote cohesion, national peace, unity and security among youths.
He also noted that there are various developmental projects under the Buhari-led administration aimed at improving the lives of the Nigerian youths.
He listed them to include Buhari’s unbridled commitment to the anti-graft campaign; the multi-billion naira youth empowerment fund; N-Power Youth Entreprenuership Development and Empowerment Programme for over 500,00 youth; market women empowerment; massive boost and investment in agricultural development in rice