Jonathan who took to his official Twitter page and urged youths to continue to develop themselves through positive endeavours, wrote;
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"On this #IYD2016 I salute the resilience and creativity of our youths. From Adichie to Jelani Aliyu, our youths continue to be our pride.
“When Nigeria’s economy became the largest economy on the African continent, it was and is because of our youths.
“When we perform exploits at the Olympics and other sporting events, it is because of the great Nigerian youths. Nigeria, and indeed the world, has no greater asset than our youth and you will continue to be my personal inspiration.
“My message to youths is to urge you to continue to develop yourself through positive endeavors. The future is yours. God bless our youths. GEJ”
Nigeria became the largest economy in 2014, but recently lost the spot to South Africa as a result of the instability of the naira.