First Lady Urges Youths to Align with Government’s Programmes, Vision

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has urged the Nigerian youths to align with government’s programmes and vision to enable them maximise the various opportunities currently available for their good.

Mrs. Tinubu, who spoke yesterday while receiving in audience at the State House, Abuja, Executives and members of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), pointed out that the association and the church need to preach the gospel of unity more.

“We should promote our ‘Nigerianness’ rather than ethnicity or culture. Yes, we are not saying we should not recognise these but we should realise and promote our togetherness. We are first and foremost Nigerians. We need that place of unity.

“There is a need for you, youths, to have role models, who will teach you what to do and how to do them, just as the Bible talks about in Titus 2 and 1 Timothy that the older ones should teach the younger ones”

She also admonished the guests to share the message of investing in lives, saying “Technology is very good but we must let the youth know that they should use it positively.”

She shared some of the programmes of her office through the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), which included the Unity Fabric competition with a N25 million prize money and the Every Home A Garden competition with a prize money of N20 million.

She also prayed for the guests and Nigerian Youths in general.

Earlier, the National Chairman of YOWICAN, Enwere Belusochukwu, applauded the various initiatives of the first lady especially through the Renewed Hope Initiative.

He also asked for her inputs on the proposed quarterly breakfast prayer meeting of both Christian and Muslim youth as well as the proposed National Christian Youth Resource Center that would include a skill acquisition center, among other facilities.

The first lady was later presented with an Easter card and the uniform of the Association by the Executives.

In addition, Mrs. Tinubu also decorated as the Grand Patroness of the Youth Wing of the group.

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