Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has advised young Nigerians planning to leave the country not to waste any more time.
Bishop Kukah gave the advise while addressing graduands of Veritas University during its convocation ceremony in Abuja on Saturday, December 9.
The renowned cleric prayed that the right and conducive environment be created so that those left behind can compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.
“I encourage young people who want to leave Nigeria to please, feel free to leave. The country is big enough. We can assure you that by the time you settle down in the United States of America or wherever you have gone, you will discover that Nigeria needs you,” said Kukah, who is the Pro-chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Veritas University.
“And for those you left behind, our hope and prayer is that they will be competing at the same level with you. We have everything that it takes to turn the corner.
“We are Veritas University will continue to inspire and shape the new generation so that the change we expect in our country is not the change we expect from politicians.
“It is the change that will come with a big intellectual understanding of the complex nature of this country. So every graduate who walks out of the portals of Veritas will be truly equipped mentally and intellectually to conquer Nigeria.”
Kukah urged the graduates to remain focused and remember the school they were leaving behind. He also appealed to teachers to strive to be role models for the students.
“The quality of help and support you will get from the alumni will be determined by how they left this university,” he said.
“As you prepare to spend a new chapter in your life, I encourage you to remain focused on your dream. Do not forget your alma mater because you are standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before you. Do not forget the sacrifices you have made.
“This is why we also appeal to teachers to become sources of inspiration because the quality of help and support you will get from the alumni will be determined by how they left this university. If they leave this university feeling sorrowful, they are not likely to look back.
“So we want to encourage you parents to please endeavour to serve as models and mentors to these young people. Remember it could have been done anywhere. It’s not by accident that they are in Nigeria,” he added.