Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, praised Nigerian youths, declaring that they were responsible for making the country the largest economy in Africa during his tenure as president.
Jonathan made this known in a statement to commemorate the 2016 International Youth Day.
According to the former president, youths would always be his inspiration, urging them to continue to develop themselves through positive endeavours.
“I salute the resilience and creativity of our youths on a day dedicated to them. From Adichie to Jelani Aliyu, our youths continue to be our pride.
“When Nigeria’s economy became the largest economy on the African continent, it was and is because of our youths.
“When we perform exploits at the Olympics and other sporting events, it is because of the great Nigerian youths. Nigeria, and indeed the world, has no greater asset than our youth and you will continue to be my personal inspiration.
“My message to youths is to urge you to continue to develop yourself through positive endeavors. The future is yours. God bless our youths”, he stated.
It would be recalled that Nigeria was named the largest economy in Africa and 26th in the world in 2014. The nation however lost the position to South Africa recently.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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