Buhari sees Nigeria’s Diversity, Youthful Population as opportunities

Buhari sees Nigeria’s Diversity, Youthful Population as opportunities

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that youth development, integration and employment remained the priority of his administration, as he invited the international community and investors to take advantage of the nation’s diversity in human and natural resources by investing in the country Nigeria’s ethnic and cultural diversities as well as youthful population.

The president spoke while receiving letters of credence from new ambassadors of Belgium, Mauritania, Austria and Norway at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,.

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The president, in a statement by Spokesman Femi Adesina, said: “Nigeria is ready to pursue broader dialogue as well as enhance cooperation and collaboration on the basis of constructive mutual respect and a shared vision for our future.

“As you may know, Nigeria is an ethnic and culturally diverse society with various opportunities, which we seek to creatively utilise for the benefit of our people. We are also a country with a huge population, which is predominantly youthful.

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“These pose peculiar new challenges of their own. As Nigeria relates with your countries, it is our expectation that we should leverage on the advantages that can yield positive results in youth development in our country.’’

He highlighted the challenges confronting the countries and the commitment to address them, imploring the ambassadors to partner with Nigeria in these efforts.

He said: “Nigeria shares common problems of insecurity, impact of climate change and socio-economic challenges common among nations. “Notwithstanding these challenges, efforts are being made to sustain our position to overcome these difficulties. I invite you to partner with us to address these challenges.

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“As a global family, we are impacted by several other common challenges like terrorism, insurgency, climate change, population explosion, human trafficking, corruption, poverty, and now the global health pandemic which Coronavirus represents considering its mayhem across the world.’’

The president added that the challenges underscored the need for the international community to make concerted efforts in resolving them in the interest of common humanity.

“The survival of humanity depends on our efforts to enhance our cooperation to attain the goals of global peace and economic prosperity,” he said.

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