The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington has said that Nigeria has advantage over most countries of the world as it is the seventh largest integrated markets in the world.
Ambassador Symington stated this on Tuesday in Ilorin while delivering the Convocation Lecture at the 34th Convocation Ceremonies of the University of Ilorin.
The Lecture was entitled: “Citizen Leadership and the link between economic diversity and economic good governance”.
He observed that with the abundance human and natural resources in the country, “Nigeria has wonders and incredible beauty”, while urging people to help the country succeed and do well.
Symington was of the opinion that Nigeria is wonderfully endowed and beautiful, adding that anyone that has traversed the length and breadth of the country would appreciate its beauty.
He added that one of the most beautiful forests can be found in Cross River State, while a trip to Ikogosi Warm Spring and Badagry beach would attest to the beauty and splendour of Nigeria.
According to the envoy, Nigeria, like its citizens were incredibly blessed and gifted.
Ambassador Symington reiterated that the relationship between Nigeria and the United States is that of good neighbours with good intention for the country.
“The Nigerian people have the spirit of the country; they are friendly, diverse, resilient and hardworking. I believed in the Nigeria Dream,” he said.
The Convocation Lecturer urged people to be proud of Nigeria irrespective of their tribe or state of origin.
“I believe in Nigeria dream, I have high hope that Nigeria can be great.
“Nigerians should be thinking of what they can do to make Nigeria beautiful and be the giant of the world,” the Ambassador added.
The US envoy described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as very laudable efforts of the Federal Government for integration and a sense of doing service to the country.
He therefore called on the graduands to use the opportunity of the NYSC in serving the nation.
Earlier in his welcoming address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem, urged the graduands to make a positive difference in the country.