The Wife of the President of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari announced on Wednesday that Nigeria does not have eligible young adults in a few years ‘ time.
The first lady noted that Nigeria may not have competent youths to run the government, business and academia in the future if the problem of malnutrition is not solved.
The President’s wife who represented by the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, stated this at the virtual National Nutrition Summit Held on Tuesday.
Aliyu Abdullahi, Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, in a statement released on Wednesday, stated that the first lady called on stakeholders to end the scourge of malnutrition ravaging Nigerian children so that they can survive, thrive and possess the requisite cognitive ability to handle the future.
She noted that if much attention is not paid, the future of this country will mortgage, “because tomorrow, we would not have competent young adults to run government, businesses or even academia.”
“By now we are certain that the Government and people of Nigeria are not oblivious of the nutrition situation in the country.
“We have also made some progress in recent years, especially having more stakeholders talking about Nutrition, and getting more nutrition-sensitive budget lines at Federal and State levels,” She said.
Mrs Buhari also drew attention to the current global pandemic, which has worsened the situation by moving all attention and resources towards the containment of COVID-19 virus and unconsciously excluding vulnerable children in the process. She stated that their lives are equally important.