By Christiana Ekpa
The National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. Dickson Akoh, has said that President Muhammad Buhari, is working assiduously to reserve the ugly trend in the country, just like Franklin Delano Roosevelt who turned around America Depression in 1933.
This was just as he stressed the need for Nigerians to reflect on American depressed State in 1933 before Franklin took over to reverse this situation.
He equally called on Nigerian youths to be a little patient with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the transformation being expected by Nigerians would not happen in a day.
Akoh who believed that, when change occurs, it takes a lot of time, planning and reformation to be able to stabilize and implement on the blueprint of the new era, said it has be established that before the advent of Buhari’s administration, all Nigeria Leaders have been long on preachment.
Speaking in Abuja Saturday, at the empowerment seminar organised by YOURTIMEPAYS Nigeria Integrated Services, Akoh said, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to empower Nigerian youths, adding that he was optimistic the President would deliver on his promises.
“Nigeria’s situation should remind us of the US after the great depressed; rich with potential decimated by economic crises and plagued by poverty and high unemployment. On assuming power in March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) embarked on a massive reconstruction and infrastructure development”
He, however, urged the youths to believe in the government of the day and give it a little more time to deliver on its promises.
He said, “every reform or social change is initially accompanied with hardships, and that is exactly what the country is passing through today.
“I believe, with the support of well meaning Nigerians, especially the youths, we shall surely get out of the situation.
“The greatest challenge we are having in this country today, which is not only applicable to the leadership, any new idea, invention or initiative, people will read different meanings to it . Perhaps, it is because of our long suffering”.
Akoh who was the Guest Speaker at the function, observed that, “No matter how laudable a project is, expect that people would politicise it and attach diffetent meanings to it”.
Akoh said, Nigeria was making “radical departure from the ugly trend in the past where wealth was developing wings and flying in the streets. Now, people have to work hard to make money”.
This development, according to Akoh, was a healthy one for Nigerians and the government, stressing that, President Buhari would eventually give the youth reasons to believe in themselves and the country.
While corroborating the Commandant, the President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Chinonso Obasi, said the over 43m Nigerian students would stand by any initiative, either governmental or provide, geared towards empowerment of the youths.
He said, NANS was one hundred percent in support of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, YOURTIMEPAYS empowerment initiative and other organisations working for the upliftment of Nigerian Students and youths.