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President Buhari commends Zuckerberg for inspiring Nigerian youths into entrepreneurship; Mark: “I was blown away by their talent”

President Muhammadu Buhari , Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo taking selfie photo with the FACEBOOK CEO, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg during a visit at the State House ,Abuja. September 2, 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari , Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo taking selfie photo with the FACEBOOK CEO, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg during a visit at the State House ,Abuja. September 2, 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari being presented with Facebook drone prototype by the FACEBOOK CEO, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg.
President Muhammadu Buhari being presented with Facebook drone prototype by the FACEBOOK CEO, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg.
President Buhari shaking hands with Zuckerberg while Vice President Osinbajo and others look on
President Buhari shaking hands with Zuckerberg while Vice President Osinbajo and others look on
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 President Buhari with L-R: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, top 3 winners of Boot Camp on ICT Solutions (Emmanuel Okena of Tracology, Miss Damilola Olokesusi of Shuttlers, Alison Ukonu of Recycle Points) Chief of Saff Abba Kyari and Minister of Communication Barr. Adebayo Shittu during "Aso Villa Demo Day" (AVDD) at the Statehouse. September 2, 2016

President Buhari with L-R: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, top 3 winners of Boot Camp on ICT Solutions (Emmanuel Okena of Tracology, Miss Damilola Olokesusi of Shuttlers, Alison Ukonu of Recycle Points) Chief of Saff Abba Kyari and Minister of Communication Barr. Adebayo Shittu during “Aso Villa Demo Day” (AVDD) at the Statehouse. September 2, 2016
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President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja commended the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of social networking website, Facebook, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg for sharing his wealth of knowledge with Nigerian youths, and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Receiving the internet entrepreneur in the State House, President Buhari said the various meetings held with Nigerian youths since his arrival were most timely as the country was already exploring opportunities to spur development through entrepreneurship.
“Nigeria has always been identified as a country with great potentials for growth, especially with our youthful population, but now we are moving beyond the potentials to reality.
“I am impressed by your simplicity in sharing your knowledge and wealth with those with less income,’’ the President said.
President Buhari noted that the simplicity and magnanimity of the entrepreneur, who is among the world’s richest men, had also challenged the culture of lavish wealth display and impulsive spending that had become peculiar to Nigerians.
“In our culture, we are not used to seeing successful people appear like you. We are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating on the streets.
“We are more used to seeing successful people in air-conditioned places. We are happy you are well-off and simple enough to always share,’’ he added.
In his remarks, Zuckerberg said he was impressed by the interest, energy and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by young Nigerians in all the ICT camps that he had visited.
“I was highly impressed by the talent of the youths in the Co-creation Hub in Yaba. I was blown away by their talent and the level of energy that I saw,’’ he said.
Zuckerberg said he was in the country to promote the penetration of “fast and cheap” internet connectivity, Express-wifi, that would help people create online businesses and reduce poverty.

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