The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo called on young Nigerians to create a better future for the nation by ignoring those seeking to divide the country through willful ignorance, narrow-mindedness, and tribalism.
Giving his keynote speech at the 12th edition of The Future Awards Africa, Osinbajo pushed for a determined drive among Nigerians, especially active youth seeking to develop the country through unity, strength, and peace.
“We can all agree that nobody should be allowed to steal or waste public resources; that the government should always create circumstances that benefit the happiness and prosperity of the majority; that the rule of law and order should be central; that we must always protect the weak and the vulnerable, and that the life of the Nigerian person is the country’s most precious resource. These are the demands that bind us together,” he said.
He described the new tribe of Nigeria as citizens who recognise that honest labour is dignified, worthy of respect and reward. He also called on Nigerians with love for the country and one another – those who recognise that integrity is a non-negotiable asset.
Themed Nigeria’s New Tribe, 21 winners emerged in various categories at The Future Awards Africa with artiste, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun taking home the prestigious ‘Young Person of the Year’ award.
Personalities at the event include the Governor of Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Central Bank Deputy Governor, Prof. Kingley Moghalu; former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; Mo Abudu; Pastor Ituah Ighodalo and more.