The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday advised those agitating for anything in the country to shun violence.
The Vice President gave the advice at a Presidential dinner in honour of some outstanding granduands of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) at the State House, Abuja.
He also urged them to seek ways to engage robustly with the administration and to avoid things capable of destroying their future.
According to the Vice President the federal government is committed to the PAP in order to give the young people the opportunity to succeed.
He said the administration was building six technology hubs in the country as well as vocation centres to create more opportunities for the youths to be productive to themselves and the country.
Osinbajo, who described the saying that the youths are the future as erroneous, noted that the future of the youths is now.
“The future of the youth has already arrived and your time has come. You are going to define this country.
“The future is bright and good but a lot depends on how you apply yourselves to it,’’ Osinbajo added.
The Vice President extolled the intellectual achievements of the graduands, 45 of whom obtained First Class in various universities in the country and abroad, describing them as one of the brightest minds in the country.
“What we are seeing today has proved the point that men and women are as great as the opportunity they get. Everyone needs opportunity and someone has to give you a helping hand to be able to excel.
“The federal government is committed to give opportunity to all but we have a lot to do opening doors for others.
“Your stories are those of success and the fact that you did well in academics and other training is a testimony of your determination for hard work,’’ he added.
The Special Adviser to the President/Cordinator of the PAP, retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the amnesty programme introduced by late President Umaru Yar’adua in 2009.
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