Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday attributed his victory at the recent presidential election to the immense contribution of the country’s youths and tasked them to do more in years to come.

At a morning meeting held with youths from various backgrounds to commemorate the annual International Youth Day, Buhari described the Nigerian youths as the architects of change in the West African country.

Lauding the youths for their contributions towards changing the country for good, he tasked them to do more to ensure complete national development.

“As part of the commemoration of the International Youth Day, I would like to throw this challenge to Nigerians at home and abroad. I can assure you, my young compatriots, that you have written your names in history and you will be remembered as true heroes of our democracy and as architects of change,” the Nigerian leader said.

The International Youth Day, first celebrated on Aug. 12, 2000, was created by the United Nations to serve a reminder that young people around the world are often excluded from influencing decisions that will affect them.

With the theme “Youth Civic Engagement”, the multinational body noted the engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development, adding, “often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent”.

In Nigeria, Buhari said, this year’s theme for the International Youth Day could not be more apt, considering the vital roles young Nigerians played in the 2015 elections.

Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi, Director General of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said the scheme has been contributing to national development through the deployment and posting of youths into key offices in the country.

“The one that the whole world has come to realize is the involvement of youth corp members in elections in Nigeria. The youths formed the bulk of staff that I used on electoral duties. It is not just a coincidence that since corp members started participating in elections in Nigeria, our elections have continued to gain credibility and global acceptance,” the official said.

A member of the government’s NYSC scheme identified as Grace Onajaha said it is high time youths were given more opportunities to contribute in the development of the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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