President Bola Tinubu has said Nigerians don’t have any reason to be poor, although we are poor in some leadership areas.
He stated this at the Presidential Townhall Meeting with Nigerians in the diaspora on Wednesday in New York.
The Townhall Meeting was organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
The president encouraged Nigerians in the U.S. to rise above failure by having a change of mindset for success in all their endeavours in life.
Nigeria, according to Tinubu, is a blessed nation. He praised efforts being made to educate out-of-school children, the healthcare program, and the need to reduce poverty.
“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 if I hadn’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 who are contesting elections”, the President said.
Speaking further, he said, “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. A change of mindset 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,’’ he said.
The president, however, expressed satisfaction with how Nigerians had behaved themselves and continued to perform admirably in their new country.
“You are lucky to be among those who are celebrated for good manners and behaviour and are operating acceptably.
“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,’’ he said.
Additionally, he advised the Nigerians to embrace one another and to avoid animosity and discrimination.
Tinubu said: “You ought to embrace one another. No labelling, no identity, you should remove ethnic identity that tends to differentiate us.
“We are one single family, living in the same house but living in different rooms.”