- Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says a better Nigeria is possible
- Fayemi urged youths not to allow challenges in the country to frustrate them
- The politician urged young Nigerians to also hold those in their wards and communities accountable
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has advised Nigerian youths thinking of relocating to Canada and other countries to remain in Nigeria and realise their dreams.
The governor gave the advice on Saturday, May 1, during a speech at The Platform, an annual programme organised by Covenant Christian Centre, The Cable reported.
He suggested that Nigerians who depart Nigeria country for countries abroad will eventually hit a glass ceiling.
According to Channels TV, Fayemi said in Nigeria there is nothing holding youths back from realising their ambitions in Nigeria.
“Don’t succumb to despondency, there is a lot to hail in this country. There is a lot to frustrate you, a lot to want to make you give up and pick that visa and go to Canada.
“I know it (Canada) is a popular destination but you know what? There is also a glass ceiling in Canada. When you get to the top of it, you will now discover there is a glass ceiling there. This is the place where there is no glass ceiling, let us work towards making it a better place.”
However, some Nigerian youths have disagreed with the advice given by Governor Fayemi.
When asked about achieving the Nigerian dream, Ugwuanyi Obinna, told Legit.ng that the governor was insincere for advising youths not to relocate abroad.
Obinna who lives in Enugu argued that it was hypocritical for Fayemi to make such a statement when his own children were abroad.
''If he has a strong belief in Nigeria as you said, let him bring back his children from Europe back to Nigeria so that all of us will build a better Nigeria together.''
Another young Nigerian, Francis Ekpenyong, accused Governor Fayemi of trying to keep Nigerian youths in bondage.
Ekpenyong dismissed the idea of achieving the Nigerian dream.
''There is a strong deliberate effort to keep Nigeria youths in bondage and captivity by his likes for them and their children to keep on being lord over them.
Similarly, Collins Omons, a youth activist, described the governor’s statement as mere motivational speech and nothing more.
He stated that if Fayemi’s children schooled and lived abroad, the governor lacks the moral ground to give such advice to youths.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd.), and made available to Legit.ng.
The president was reported to have made this vow during a crucial meeting of the National Security Council.