- Femi Adesina has said that Nigerians are desirous of a peaceful country
- The presidential spokesperson said it is the right of every citizen to demand what kind of country they want
- According to Adesina, no Nigerian would genuinely prefer to become a second-class citizens in any other country if the Nigeria becomes what it ought to be
The special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Monday, September 9, said Nigerians want a country where there is peace, unity and progress especially for the youths of Nigeria.
Adesina, who spoke at the #NaijaYouthTak programme organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in commemoration of the World Literacy Day in Abuja said, youths are at the centre and this is the time for the young people of Nigeria to shine.
The event which was themed: "The Nigeria We Want", was graced by young advocates across Nigeria of good and quality education, civil society organisations, government officials among many others.
At the event which showcased challenges faced by many Nigerian children in securing good education, Adesina said it is the right of every citizen to demand what kind of country they want.
"We want a country where there is no xenophobia, where nobody will tell us, go back to your country. We want to get to a point where we can say Nigeria, with all thy faults, I love you still," Adesina said.
Urging Nigerians to develop sincere love for Nigeria as a country, Adesina said no Nigerian would genuinely prefer to become a second-class citizens in any other country if the Nigeria becomes what it ought to be.
The presidential media aide said all hands must be on deck to ensure we achieve the Nigeria of every citizen's dream.
“But for us to get that kind of country, we must love our country and our country must reciprocate by loving us. The question then is, do we love this country?
“There is nothing better than loving the unloveable. If you love just the lovable, you have not done anything outstanding. Nigeria in its past and present state may be unlovable but it remains our country," Adesina added.
Also speaking Seyi Oluloye, the executive director of Dream Nuture Foundation - a foundation which empowers teenagers and children with hopes and educational opportunities - said, Nigerians as a people must find creative ways of getting qualified teachers to teach in Nigerian schools.
Oluloye said: "We all need to take responsibility for the high number of out-of-school children in Nigeria."
"You don't have to be rich to contribute, all it takes its one child and if we all contribute , then we will be able to reduce the statistics of the out-of-school kids," Oluloye added.
One of the young kids, Miriam, who spoke for the Nigerian children school age said she was at the event to use her voice to speak for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.
Miriam said: "We (Nigerian children) deserve a Nigeria where teachers will not only be interested in the names of noise makers in class but will also encourage us to use our voices to speak for the ones whose voices cannot be heard."
According to Miriam, the Nigeria she wants is the Nigeria which presents an equal opportunity for every Nigerian child irrespective of background or gender.
The chief of education for UNICEF, Euphrates Efose, young people live in a world of unlimited potentials.
Efose also called for conscious effort to bridge the existing gap in educational challenges for children.
“Young people today live in a world of unlimited potential. However, despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people in recent years, much remains to be done,” Efose said.
Also, in her contribution, an education specialist for UNICEF, Azuka Menkiti, said: "The Nigeria we want is, the Nigeria where young people are patient, resilient and focused in achieving their dreams."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Habibu Usman, a 12-year-old pupil of Warure Special Primary School in Gwale local government area of Kano state has devised a means to encourage young children in his locality to go to school.
Habibu who is the chairman of the children's committee - a committee made up of seven other pupils - had told Legit.ng that his committee move from house to house with teachers and members of the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) to ensure that children of school age do not drop out of school.
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