President Bola Tinubu has encouraged Nigerians in the U.S. to return home because “Nigeria has arrived” and “we don’t have any reason to be poor.”
Tinubu gave the advice at the Presidential Townhall Meeting with Nigerians in the diaspora on Wednesday, September 21, in New York.
“I want to give you a measure that will resonate with you. I was once a diaspora. What you have been through, I have been through it. Change of mind set is necessary.
Take it this night that Nigeria is home for business opportunities. Also, anywhere you stay, there is always going to be an opportunity in, and in everything you do, there is always going to be an opportunity, if you know how to search and put your mind into it.
You are lucky to be among those who are celebrated for good manners and behavior and are operating in an acceptable manner.
I’m very proud of you; I have also been beneficial of inspiration, determination, commitment and perseverance and that is all you need to get to pull through.
But, we need you back home, Nigeria has arrived; forget the frustration of the previous year’s leadership. Sincerely, we don’t have any reason to be poor, we are just poor in some leadership areas.
That is what I harped on during my campaign. It was a very gruesome campaign but I won the election but if I didn’t thrown myself into it with strong determination and result, I wouldn’t have won.
There were so many hurdles on my way that would have stopped me. I refused to be stopped, you can do the same as many of you here that are contesting elections.
You ought to embrace one another. No labeling, no identity, you should remove ethnic identify that tend to differentiate us. We are one single family, living in the same house but living in different rooms,” he said.