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Nigeria diversity: a key to new future

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Its citizens in India are urged to be optimistic and represent the country well.

During an engagement on Thursday evening, the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, who is in India at the moment for the G-20 Summit, informed Nigerians living in the country that he came there to introduce the country’s bright new future to them. Ajuri Ngelale, who is the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, revealed this statement of hope. According to him, he is offering a future for a nation that is so prosperous, endowed, and greatly populated. Extremely lively and diverse in terms of culture, history, and ethnicity.

He urged Nigerians to capitalise on the nation’s rich diversity as an effective tool for achieving national development and prosperity for the good of all citizens, with an emphasis on using diversity to promote economic growth, creativity, and social advancement. They have come to show them a new future and what lies ahead for such a prosperous and populous nation. If only it can find a way to utilise on the rich diversity it possesses, he pleaded, then it will be able to enjoy the benefits of economic growth.

Ineffective leadership and management is the biggest challenge.

Additionally, Tinubu reminded the gathering that he ran for president of the nation because, despite the nation’s vast richness in both human and natural resources, the country was unable to live up to its potential due to ineffective leadership and management in the public sphere. The country is not intellectually impoverished. They have enough people to work with. He stated he wanted to be president because the country has great potential and needs better management and leadership to guide the nation’s heart in the correct way.

The president, addressing a large number of Nigerian students studying in India, commented on how his experiences up to that point had prepared him for the role of leader. He told them that with diligence, honesty, determination, and an optimistic mindset, they might accomplish fulfilment in their chosen fields. He owes his success to his education and is honoured to serve as president. He said he made gradual progress. He worked security, taught in school and was an outstanding student.

Being relentless is the key to accomplishing one’s goal.

Because of his academic achievements, he was taken in by Deloitte, one of the world’s leading accounting firms, and received training there. When he first joined, he inquired about local branches in Nigeria; the company responded that they had many clients who would be willing to take him home. That’s how he rose through his position as an accountant, auditor, and treasurer at Exxon Mobil before taking his can-do spirit into politics. He encouraged them to keep going and not give up hope. Everyone is welcome in Nigeria. He added that where in the country one may originate from is irrelevant.

In his address to the students, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf Tuggar outlined President Tinubu’s foreign policy thrust, which includes the four Ds. One of these Ds is Diaspora, and its goal is to enhance the service provided by Nigerian Missions to its citizens living in other countries. There will no longer be a need to worry about passport processing times. The delay in receiving their passports will not be indefinite. Second, they serve as Nigerians’ initial point of contact with foreign nations. Their potential is limited by the image their people present to the world. That’s why, he stressed, it’s crucial for people always to present the country positively, both online and offline.

Success track records of the country and its citizens are global.

Tony Elumelu, the chairman of Heirs Holdings and a philanthropist, had earlier informed press members that Nigeria is the most desirable place for investment and that placing a bet on its people was one of the best bets someone could ever make. As evidence, he cited the achievements of Nigerians in all countries. They have faith in Africa in general, but particularly in Nigeria. According to him, one may expect a return on an investment in the nation, which is difficult to find anywhere else in the world, and he does business on several other continents.

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