The President of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Professor Benedict Okechukwu Oramah has said the task of fighting for the economic independence of Nigeria and the African continent lies in the hands of educated youths.

Prof Oramah, who stated this yesterday while speaking at the 14th Commencement (Graduation) of the class of 2023 of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, said the fight for economic independence is a battle the youths must engage in and win as it will define the future of Africans or otherwise, they will remain at the periphery of the global scheme of things.

He said: “How would we fight this raging battle? The leaders of my generation have made efforts in this regard but have had limited success. It is you, the educated African youth in this arena and similar universities around the world that can help us to eventually win the battle.”

The Afreximbank president who was also conferred with Honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letter told the graduands that their help was needed to fight the battle and restore the dignity of Africa.

Earlier, the new AUN President, DeWayne Frazier, noted that 234 students graduated in the class of 2023 at the undergraduate and post graduate level.

The overall best graduating students, Grace Ofili, said she was filled with pride and gratitude for the incredible journey shared with her mates.


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