The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari on Thursday in Abuja unveiled the Nigeria Rebirth Art Project aimed at making Nigeria great.
She was represented by the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo.
Mrs Buhari, who is the Grand Patron of the rebirth said that the need for the National Rebirth had become necessary as the country was being faced with some challenges.
She said the rebirth would bring about society free of corruption, nepotism and greed among other vices.
“The new Nigeria will make the country great as well as bring hope and prosperity to the country as a whole and to Africa in general.
“It will bring joy to us and generation after generation. Indeed, we will not rest until every Nigerian can enjoy equal opportunities to their dreams, pursue and achieve greatness in various field of their endeavours as people.
“The project will remind us that there is a drop and depth of greatness in every Nigerian. We are not yet there until all hands are on deck, we will achieve the desired change we all desire.’’
She said that all African countries were looking unto Nigeria for positive change, adding that If we change, thel continent would also change for good.
She said the present administration would continue to fight vices that hinder the development of the country.
Mrs Buhari said youths were the agents of change in any nation as they constituted the largest part of population of the country.
“I am happy, youths are ready for change mantra of the country and It is now left for them to actualise it.”
She commended the project team led by Cabinet X Africa Initiative, 37 artistes from each state and other stakeholders for their contribution to actualize the rebirth.
Speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of the Nigeria Rebirth Project, Mr Isaac Balami, said the project was an initiative of patriotic Nigerians who were passionate about a new Nigeria.
“The past and present challenges of our nation need to be confronted by the rebirthing of a new Nigeria to enable the country’s future reshaped.’’
Balami said the art symbolised the renewed commitment to national building as well as strengthening the potentials among the citizens to make the country great.
He said the rebirth was a new ideological framework that would “transform and strengthen our homes, offices, schools, institutions as well as enhancing our economic, socio-political, security and international outlook”.
He said the project team would showcase new Nigeria in 20 countries globally as well as going around the 36 states of the federation.
The Coordinator said the tour would build unity among Nigerians and those at Diaspora as well as create positive impressions about Nigeria.
“The tour across the globe would restore hope and faith of Nigerians in Diaspora to bring back home their expertise and knowledge towards building the new Nigeria of our collective dream,’’ he said.
Balami said the touring of the 36 states was aimed at supporting the state governments to harmonise their areas of economic advantages and to raise awareness the amongst the populace.
He said after showcasing the new Nigeria to the world, the project would be handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct 1.
A Young Ambassador, Maimunah Mustapha, who spoke on behalf of other young ambassadors, promised to redouble their efforts of making Nigeria great.
“As Nigeria Rebirth Ambassadors, we will uphold and represent this Nigeria Rebirth symbol which is the collective dreams in the heart of every Nigerian.
“Today, a new spirit of nationhood is awakened in the hearts of millions of Nigerians, ushering a new frontier of true greatness and quality prosperity.
She commended Mrs Buhari for her contributions toward the development of children in the country.
Highlight of the occasion was presentation of certificates to hundreds of young Nigeria Rebirth Ambassadors from various schools. (NAN)