US Ambassador urges Nigerian youth to elect competent leaders

us ambassador urges nigerian youth to elect competent leaders
us ambassador urges nigerian youth to elect competent leaders

Mary Beth Leonard, the United States ambassador to Nigeria, has counselled young Nigerians to elect leaders who can deliver security and justice to the Nigerian populace.

On the weekend, while delivering the keynote address at the 13th Commencement Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, the ambassador urged Nigerian youths to vote in the 2023 election.

She stated, “You and your generation hold the future of Nigeria in your hands, as the largest voting bloc in Nigerian elections, and you owe it to yourselves and your nation to demand an elected leader who will govern and give security, justice, and services to all Nigerians. This is the action call for 2023.”

Consequently, Beth saw voter apathy as a fundamental problem in democratic cultures and advocated for the large and ongoing education of voters on the need of exercising their rights.

She continued, “I see this all the time in my own country, and I know it’s easy to become disillusioned and doubt that your vote can make a difference, but please remember that voting is your voice, and only through voting can you hold those for whom you vote accountable.”

Dr. Margree Ensign, president of the university, told the graduating students that the future of Nigeria would be a difficult one, urging them to use the knowledge and experience they gained at the American-style university to solve the problems of poverty, violence, illiteracy, unemployment, environmental degradation, and many others facing the nation.

“Nigeria has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations. In the not-too-distant future, Nigeria will be the third-largest nation in the globe, following China and India. In this planet, Nigeria is also a democratic nation. Always under attack, dictators and potential tyrants are abundant.

“Therefore, the future of Nigeria, despite its abundant natural and human resources, remains challenging. Dr. Ensign remarked that problems of poverty, violence, illiteracy, environmental degradation, unemployment, sustainability, and good governance are imminent.

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