President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerian youths would do well to keep the peace of the nation as it is in their own interest ultimately.
The President stated this at the State House, Abuja, while receiving the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment.
He said their own generation is on the last lap, because they are exiting power.
President Buhari said in response to the recent EndSARS protest, and the mayhem and destruction of public and private property that came in its wake.
He maintained that the youth want jobs, infrastructure and development, as such it is in their own interest to maintain peace in the country
The president noted that he had sent a team led by the Chief of Staff (Professor Ibrahim Gambari) to go round the country, talk to traditional rulers, who will then talk to the youths. The views of the youths have been heard.
He said that the current administration inherited severe infrastructural deficits, and that is what they are fighting to correct.
President Buhari who stated that the present Government can’t just sit, fold its hands, and do nothing, maintained that they are doing their best within the limits of resources.
President Buhari rued the fact that COVID-19 has shrunk the global economy, noting that this is something that is obvious, smell, or hear, but which has brought devastation on lives and livelihoods round the world.
On climate change, he said Nigeria was concerned about the recharge of the Lake Chad, which has great implications on security, irregular migration, and livelihoods.
The Deputy Secretary-General said she was on a courtesy call with her team to flag interest on challenges that concern the UN, particularly COVID-19, climate change, security, and humanitarian responses to the diverse challenges.