Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs president Summy Francis urges President Buhari to involve the youth in creation of solutions to economic challenges

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Photo (L-R): Summy Francis, President Africa's Young Entrepreneurs (A.Y.E) and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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It is of great concern that the status of the Nigerian economy has
affected both the young and old. The youth are in total defiance of what
our leaders have driven the nation into with unism of thoughts and
actions. I urge Nigerians to stay calm and positive as the catastrophic
and calamitous state were mistakes of some arguably past leaders and
generation. I ponder on how our Nation’s economic stance has been viewed
with disdain by some world powers even the citizens. It is a note to us
that we can’t give the right to a solution to those who brought it upon
us. Fellow Nigerians, our inability to self-sustain through our
manufacturing, agricultural and natural resources sectors have
encouraged unprintable names such as radical consumers, aggressive
buyers and the dumping site for unconsumed or faulty parts on the “Giant
of Africa”.

A country with over 180M citizens scampers for crumbs and pleas for debt
reliefs rent the nation’s air. Conditions are been stifled with the
geometric increase of the dollar to the Naira, inconsistent policies
excavate the markets potential hence the dearth of businesses and
plummeting prices of oil worldwide. In the words of Aries Spears; “To
sustain longevity, we have to evolve.” His Excellency, President Buhari
should consider entrepreneurship solutions as a bounce back of the
country’s economy. The intervention of young brilliant minds should be
employed for vibrant positions in the regions of governance rather than
mere blogger and photographers. We are smarter than the positions
ascribed to the youth. The buoyancy of most nations is in the vibrancy
of the youth; the ministerial cabinet has less than 3% of Nigerians aged
50 and below. On the otherhand, I beseech all political parties and
heads to shove aside their political differences; they should come
together as great citizens of the country to fix our national issues.
These issues are a ticking time bomb that will be carcinogenic and
should not be handled with kid gloves. Nigeria is our future and they
should stop toiling with it !

If Mark Zuckerberg’s (31yrs) annual net-worth generated can sustain a
large percentage of Nigeria or Jan Koum at 39yrs generating the
allocation of more than 29 states or Ashish Thakka (34yrs) earning more
than the entire South-West states and Colin Thornton (35yrs)ROI is
higher than IGR of Lagos State. These examples have a unifying tone,
they are all young entrepreneurs and not politicians.

Recently, every strata of discussion and campaign suggest, ‘Made in
Nigeria’ but my question goes thus; with what skills, with what
machinery and with what infrastructures do we achieve this? The enabling
environment must be provided for businesses to thrive as the necessary
resources such as power must be addressed to reduce the dearth of
start-ups and SMEs.

History has a place in time, President Buhari led this great country at
the age of 41, Yakubu Gowon at 32, Aguyi Irosi at 42 ,Muritala Mohammed
at 37 ,Ibrahim Babaginda at 44 and Olusegun Obasanjo at 39.Therefore, we
cannot undermine the strength and mental capability of the youth as we
are the nation’s asset and should be involved in the economic
development process.

In the past weeks, there has been an outcry from thousands to millions
of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria. This has brought to our attention as
an organization that we have no choice than to offer entrepreneurial
solution kits to the current perplexity. We can proffer our economic
solution portfolio (ESP) through our economic development team that will
proportionately have a positive turn in rebuilding our nation and lift
us from the dunghill. Conclusively, let us all remember that “We voted
for change and we are entitled to be part of the change process.”

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