President Muhammadu Buhari made the assertion in his Independence Day Speech on Friday, as Nigeria celebrates its 61st Independence Anniversary.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Oct. 1, 1960, Nigeria was granted full independence from Great Britain and received its Freedom Charter from Princess Alexandra of Kent, who was the Queen’s representative at the independence ceremony.
Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had announced the country’s independence in his speech read at what was then called ”Race Course”, with Princess Alexandria and Sir James Robertson present.
President Buhari said,“The youths of this great country remain propellants for our today and provide guarantees that we would have a secure tomorrow.
“It is for this reason that I remain focused on expanding opportunities for their participation in politics and governance.
“Recent appointments of young people into positions of authority and their track record so far, gives me confidence that we need to bring more of them into governance and this I promise to do.
“More specifically, to encourage Girl-Child Education, female scholarship schemes, life skills and digital literacy skills to boost girls’ enrolment, retention and completion of schooling.
“These are all initiatives put in place to ensure gender balance in appropriately positioning our youths for positions of leadership.’’
According to the President, his administration is also committed to the well-being of people living with disabilities remains unwavering.
He said that the government recognises their contributions to development and has consequently directed that all relevant Government Agencies pay special attention to the peculiarities of different abilities in the implementation of policies and programmes.
He disclosed that a lot had been achieved in the last six years on many fronts, including in infrastructure, social care, governance, Nigeria’s image and influence in Africa and the international community.
He frowned at critics who misdiagnosed incremental progress as stagnation.