Mrs Buhari Engages Youths On Importance Of Family Name


BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has counseled young people on the need to understand the importance of family name, stressing that names are honourable and must be protected.

This is just as she described the present crop of young people as the most special breed among the citizens of Nigeria on account of the range of privileges they enjoy, which their forebears never had.

Mrs. Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Acting President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo at a dinner organized for young people to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday night at the Banquet Hall of the State House, further said; “Both family names and those given to you by your parents are honourable and must be protected. One day, you will expect the same of your kids.”

She stressed that beyond family name is the name of Nigeria that must also be upheld, adding that even though young people have a responsibility to own and rule their world, they must do what it takes to leave a good name.

She noted that privileges such as the digital revolution have opened up the world to young people, giving them a voice, adding however that such privilege is a burden and therefore comes with responsibility.

According to her; “I therefore call on you to be responsible in the way you apply these privileges.”

Also speaking, Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung urged young people to continuously take advantage of the digital revolution, saying that it is good that youths can assess development in this country from their doorstep.

He noted that it is easy for the youth to get agitated when their expectations are not met, adding that change as a process may be slow but sure, painful but fruitful.

He called on the youth to imbibe peace, describing it as a basic commodity of existence, which should not be sacrificed on the altar of freedom of expression.

In his own remarks on the subject of “what government is doing on social investment,” Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Dr. Chris Ngige said despite the recession happening the world over, Nigeria has taken measures to cushion the effect by introducing programmes like Npower, GEEP, NASSP and others.

Ngige advised youths to take advantage of these opportunities and learn skills that can sustain them.

Similarly, the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina called on youths to be more accommodating, urging them to keep a seat in their heart for everyone just as his colleague, Malam Garba Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media gave an inspirational talk on the importance of education as a social leveler, and urged youths to embrace it as it will shape not only their thoughts but their utterances and their actions. 

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration, Dr. Hajo Sani said the wife of the President organized the event with a view to reminding the youths to sustain the positive values which they have imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan.

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