Nigerian youths have been called upon to shun all forms of violence, particularly political violence and work together to promote unity and restore the glory of Nigeria as the giant of Africa.
The Founder of “Project One” Busayo Akinadeju made this call at a conference titled “#i am Nigerian”, in Abuja on Thursday.
Akinadeju while noting that differences in Political affiliations has been a bane in the unity and progress in the country regretted that youths have been used s
As perpetrators of such violence by politicians.
She said the “project one’ will focus on political education for Nigerian youths to teach them to shun violence, to be united despite differences in terms of party affiliation.
The Cordinator also regretted that Nigerians are being discriminated and negatively perceived across the world. she urged youths to look beyond the challenges and shun illegal migration, embrace patriotism, shun and work together to change the narrative .
She said, “We must remain loyal, to see that nation regain its place as the giant of Africa, let’s portray what it means to be a Nigerian, be a brand ambassadors, portray your identity, work together to make a difference and bee seen as a source of pride and confidence”, she urged.
She added, ” when travelling, once your green passport is sighted, you are discriminated against. Like, If any other person is searched for two minutes, if you are a Nigerian, you are searched for four minutes. So, back then I had this mindset that if I’m going to any country outside Nigeria, I won’t wait for you to see my green passport before you’ll know that I’m a Nigerian, so I always travel with my green and white muffler, so, from a distance you can sight that a Nigerian is on this row and just be prepared.
“It was just my way of emphasizing that I’m a Nigerian and i want to be loud about it and im proud of where I’m from. I don’t know what your impression about my country is, but I know I’m coming from a great country nd I’m a grand ambassador if my country, ” she said.
Akinadeju said her passion and greatest drive for embarking on “project one” has been her love for Nigeria which is also inspired by the love her father gave the country.
She further explained that another aspect of the “project one” is citizen appreciation, a to her, the 2017 edition the conference featured and appreciated the designer of the Nigerian Flag Pa. Taiwo Akinkumi while the 2018 edition recognized the five writers of the Nigerian National anthem.
She also explained that the 2019 “#I am a Nigerian” conference which has the theme ‘Beaming the Light on the Nigerian Child’ is aimed at reaching to the younger generation to teach them to be patriotic from the cradle.
Akinadeju said the “one project” is being expanded with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on board, the Federal Road safety, NYSC, and other education bodies