Oluremi Tinubu, the first lady, says President Bola Tinubu
would not have become Nigeria’s leader if he remained abroad.
She spoke on Monday at the Nigeria Economic Growth and Trade
Summit on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General
The session was organised at the Nigeria house in New York
by the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum.
Oluremi said “brain drain” from Africa has deprived the
continent of the talents it needs to develop itself, adding that Nigerians
abroad should key into the “Renewed Hope” agenda of her husband for the
betterment of the country.
In our various communities, we must work towards creating
conditions and providing basic needs that allow people to thrive by providing
access to qualitative education, an enabling environment for job creation, and
the development of local industries will create viable economic opportunities,”
“The Renewed Hope initiative is an initiative that we just
started, aimed at creating a better life for families.
“Our scope covers agriculture, education, economic
empowerment, health and social investment, focusing on women and the youth who
are the bedrock of the society.
With the youth accounting for 70 percent of our population
and women representing 49.6 percent of the population, I believe that schemes
which focus on empowering this demographic, coupled with an enabling
environment, will gradually begin to reverse the negative trend of migration.”
The first lady said the wives of governors must work to
create equal opportunities for all in the country.
“Policy reforms that encourage skilled individuals to return
home after obtaining educational experience abroad, can help reverse the
dream,” she said.
“I know Mr. President did not tell me that but I just want
to reassure you that it’s good to come back home.
“If he stayed here and said he liked it here, I don’t think
he would have ever become your president. So that’s a food for thought. God
bless you and see you soon.”
On her part, Olufolake AbdulRazaq, chair of the governors’
wives forum, said the outcome of the summit should stem the tide of migration
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