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Nigeria rising and occupying a significant position like China, US - Former US ambassador

Nigeria rising and occupying a significant position like China, US - Former US ambassador

Former Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Nations, Mr Andrew Young has said Nigeria is a great nation being enslaved by corruption, laziness, selfishness.

Mr Young said Nigeria's refusal to realise that she is a nation destined to be great is why the nation is still languishing in it's present state.

Young made this statement in Abeokuta, Ogun, at a symposium organised as part of the activities to celebrate ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo's 80th birthday, Punch reports.

Nigeria, rising and occupying a significant position like China, US - Former US ambassador

Andrew Young

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Young said: “I have seen Nigerians abroad. They are brilliant, intelligent and hardworking and respectable."

Young, however, expressed concern that Nigeria was yet to fully realise and appreciate the great destiny it carries.

“The slavery of Nigeria is corruption, laziness, selfishness and refusal to realise that she is a nation destined to be great.”

Young, however, expressed the belief that Nigeria was set to be liberated from whatever it had become slave unto.

Young also talked about Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Libaray (OOPL) which will be inaugurated on Saturday, March 4.

He said: “I see the library as something that will not only teach young Nigerians about their rich heritage, but will also point them to the great future of the nation.

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“I see the nation, Nigeria, rising and occupying a significant position like China, US and other great nations of the world."

Meanwhile, Acting President Osinbajo has blamed corruption on Nigerian elites thirst for more money and their inabilities to question wealth's sources.

Osinbajo made this statement on Tuesday, February 28, while inaugurating the Private Sector Advisory Group for Sustainable Development Goals at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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