In celebration of the 2020 International Youth Day, the Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar sent a message to the Nigerian youths on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, on social media, and vowed to offer support and always be there for them.
Atiku disclosed this on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of International Youth Day, noting that the theme of this year’s celebration is “Youth Engagement for Global Action.”
The message read: “I wish to felicitate with the youth across the globe on the 21st Anniversary of the International Youth Day celebration. I shall stay the course and continue to offer my shoulders for you all to climb because as youths, you are ‘Leaders of Today.’
“I salute the Nigerian youth in particular for their commitment and perseverance towards the attainment of a greater Nigeria. This global picture, which has been on my mind, informed my decision of 40 percent youth inclusion in my 2019 presidential campaign, a promise I am committed to keeping the futuristic benefit of our great nation.
“In this era of COVID-19 when the entire world is faced with this plague, the youth have a responsibility to guard against being infected, as well as help to stem the rate of infection by observing the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols of washing/ sanitizing hands, wearing of face mask, avoiding crowded areas and observing social distancing.
“Indeed, the survival of humanity rests largely on the shoulders of youths, as vigour is required to wear out this plague. The vigour and spirit that you embody as youth will play a crucial role in the socio-economic survival of the world, and its rejuvenation, post COVID-19.
“As leaders of today, and tomorrow, I enjoin you all to preach and practice peace, demonstrate patriotism at all levels, rid yourselves of nepotism, and promote competence above all forms of sentiments. Only then can we truly have the Nigeria of our dream.”