In a few months’ time, Vice President Kashim Shettima expressed his confidence that Nigeria’s economy and other vital sectors will rapidly transform. Instead of individuals venturing out in pursuit of better opportunities, he urged Nigerian graduates to tap into their potential and actively participate in shaping a promising future for their nation. During the visit to Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, brought the second cohort of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative to meet Shettima. With hope in his voice, Shettima addressed the graduating class, assuring them that the nation will undergo a remarkable recovery within a few months.
Also, in a statement titled ‘Let’s make Nigeria green instead of seeking greener pastures,’ VP Shettima advises Graduates, Stanley Nkwocha, the VP’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, revealed this information. The statement, signed by Nkwocha emphasizes the Vice President’s call for graduates to prioritize making Nigeria environmentally friendly instead of searching for better opportunities elsewhere. The youth were summoned by him, urging them to stay rooted in their own territory. He warned, Beware of falling for the illusion that life is better elsewhere. Truly, Nigerians possess the capability to cultivate prosperity within the country’s very own borders.
Despite the difficulties Nigeria is facing, it will overcome them.
Encouraging the new graduates to defy disappointment and fully embrace their capabilities within Nigeria, he boldly proclaimed, “Never allow anyone to belittle your Nigerian identity. Remember, one in every four black men stands proudly as a Nigerian.” He held a fervent conviction that Nigeria harbours promising individuals who will one day assume the roles of Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, and governors. Additionally, amongst the cohort lies those who will become distinguished figures in fields such as transportation and business, being future drivers and captains of industry.
The country’s existing obstacles were recognized by the Vice President, who presented a determined perspective on conquering them. He expressed his belief that despite the difficulties and challenges the nation is currently facing, it will successfully overcome them. In particular, the Vice President commended the graduates for their exceptional ability in the digital realm and urged them to utilize their expertise to contribute to the progress of the entire nation. “Don’t let anyone fool you into believing that leaving this country would be a hindrance to your digital expertise,” he exclaimed, addressing the room full of digital prodigies.
LMI graduates have the ability to revolutionize the scenario of the nation.
Shettima dared to question the conventional beliefs about leadership, transforming the emphasis from mere physical prowess to the significance of intellectual adaptability. He boldly proclaimed that the essence of genuine leadership lies not in one’s capability to lift heavy weights but rather in their capacity to devise sturdy remedies for a country’s challenges. He advised them to reject the negativity projected by those who doubt and the forecasters of misfortune. It holds no value whatsoever. The extent to which Nigerians can progress as a nation hinges upon their capacity to embrace one another and their level of tolerance.
He further remarked that the nation’s objective and course heavily depend on the caliber of governing. Encouraging the LMI graduates, the Vice President requested their engagement as integral contributors in moulding the future of Nigeria. He further stated that with their enhanced knowledge in digital technologies and a revitalized feeling of determination and loyalty towards their country, they have the ability to revolutionize the scenario of the entire nation. Undoubtedly, the country can achieve sustainability and ecological consciousness within its own borders, shaping a greener future.
Significant potential lies within youthful individuals.
Furthermore, in his reply, Mr. Gbajabiamila, the founder of the LMI programme, expressed that the group of young individuals within the cohort is truly exceptional and incomparable to any other generation. His words were a reminder that the current landscape demands adaptability from the older generation. Citizens must embrace the metamorphosis occurring around them. Out of more than 5,000 candidates, the youngsters for the cohort emerged. The significant potential lies within youthful individuals, poised to achieve greater and more remarkable accomplishments than their predecessors from the previous year. Gbajabiamila could not help but regret not having the privilege of a mentor guiding him during his own formative years.