First lady Oluremi Tinubu has admonished youths across the country to be diligent and arise to take their place in nation building.
She gave this charge at the 2023 National Convention of the Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria in Abuja, as contained in a statement signed and issued by the Special adviser, Media to the First Lady, Busola Kukoyi on Saturday.
The convention had the theme: “The Role of Christian Youths in National Building.”
Mrs Tinubu, who was represented at the occasion by the wife of the Chief of Staff to the President, Salamotu Gbajabiamila, expressed deep optimism that despite the challenges confronting Nigeria, the country will reach its full potentials.
She encouraged the youth to emulate and imbibe strong virtues such as courage, integrity, humility and obedience to God as exhibited by biblical characters who shaped the course of history.
She said, “There is no doubt that youths have a huge role to play both in the body of Christ and in the nation as a whole.
“There are examples in the scripture of young men and women such as Joseph, Gideon, David, Deborah, Esther, Jeremiah, Timothy and Elisha who demonstrated their love for God and were used greatly for God and their nation.
“We must always strive to be obedient to God’s commandments and this must be evident in our behaviours and relationship to others, above all, we must love one another according to 1st John 4:12.’’
The first charge for the youth also resonated in the sermon by the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, William Kumuyi, who also tasked youth to be God-fearing in their conduct.
While raising posers on who has the responsibility to save and redeem the nation, he harped on the need for youth to first confront lawlessness and corruption among themselves and rise above false realities.
He said this would help the youth to become fit and usable for the task at hand especially for those aspiring to become leaders in different spheres of life.
Earlier in his address, the National Chairman of YOWICA, Belusochukwu Enwere, called on youth across the country to imbibe the spirit of determination, discipline, and dedication to God.
Shortly before her investiture as the Grand Patroness of YOWICAN, Mrs Tinubu unveiled the national uniform of the body.
Other awardees are former President, Goodluck Jonathan; the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Esther Ajayi, a reverend mother, among others.