Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to be positive in the face of the country’s many issues, saying that the country will not be destroyed by the numerous challenges it faces.
Obasanjo, who voiced concern that if pushed to the limit, Nigerian youths would rebel, claimed that his trust in a better Nigeria remains unshakeable.
This was stated by the former President during the opening of the Abeokuta Window on America exhibition at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
The Abeokuta Window on America is a form of American Space that can be found in over 150 places throughout the world and was created to educate Nigerian adolescents about American culture, history, and politics.
In collaboration with the US Consulate in Nigeria, the Space has been established at the OOPL’s youth center.
In his keynote presentation, Obasanjo voiced optimism that evil will not win over good, no matter what the country was going through at the time.
“Whatever the difficulty or challenges currently confronting Nigeria today, I tell you they are not problems on the attack; they are truly problems on the retreat,” stated the former President, who was represented by OOPL’s Deputy Coordinator, Mr. Ayodele Aderinwale.
“My faith in Nigeria is unwavering. My optimism for the future is palpable. Some might ask how the future will be saved.
“I see optimism in Nigerians’ determination, tenacity, and indomitable spirit. When they are pushed to the limit, I find hope in their defiance.
“In the zeal, devotion, and courage in the face of hardship, I see hope.” In the limitless and incurable optimism of young Nigerians, I sense hope.
“I find hope in the desire of Nigerians, young and old, to reject the evil that is being perpetrated with all their might.”
“In Nigerians’ unwavering behaviour and uncompromising resolve to demand a democratic process, I see hope.” I find optimism in Nigerians’ intellect and boundless creativity. I see hope in the kids and the young, since they are the ones who will shape our future.
“I see hope in the Nigerian people’s huge potentials, who are empowered, driven, and properly led.
I see optimism in the combination of ancient and new experience, energy, and vitality.
“I see promise in our culture’s dynamism, vibrancy, and richness. And I see hope in humanity’s shared humanity.”
The US Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli, explained the significance of the Abeokuta Window on America, saying that the venue would host a calendar of programs on a variety of issues meant to bring Americans and Nigerians closer together.
He stated that the space will help to strengthen the US-Nigerian relationship, stating that over 100 youngsters would be involved in learning about American culture, history, and politics through books and over 300 online articles on a weekly basis.