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It was like a wildfire after President Mohammadu Buhari’s outburst on Nigerian youths, describing them as being “lazy”. Online was awash with all sorts of reactions many youths on the Facebook platform even went to the length of writing an open letter rejecting the accession of the president,  “saying Nigerian youth are the most troubled in the world, “living in the most pathetic condition that can never be compared with poorest countries”.

 “Adding  that even with that, those so-called leaders have never made any good policies geared towards Nigerian youths except that of their children”

 President mohammadu Buhari is said to have made this statement during a business conference in London, the united kingdom on Wednesday.
He was quoted to have said that the youths “do nothing” and want everything for “free”
 “A lot of them (Nigerian youths) haven’t been to school and they are claiming, you know, that Nigeria has been an oil-producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing and get housing, health care, education, free,” Buhari allegedly said.

But in reaction to the statements, the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, described the statement as misconstrued in different communication with the comment attributed to his boss. “There is no way President Buhari, father of the Nigerian nation in every sense of the word, who equally has biological children of his own in the youth age bracket, will pass a vote of no confidence in all youths,” he said.
Meanwhile, the  Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose called on the youths to show Buhari that they were not lazy and uneducated by voting against him in 2019. He said it was painful that the president could describe youths in Nigeria that were daily struggling to make a living under a harsh economy as lazy people.
Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; “Contrary to the morale-killing comment of the president, Nigerian youths are hardworking, intelligent and enterprising.
“Their future was mortgaged by past leaders like President Buhari, who had everything at their beck and call as youths. I imagine the youths of today having half of the opportunities available in the 50s and 60s.”
The governor noted that “At 19, Buhari left secondary school to join the army. At 21 (two years in the army), he was commissioned a second lieutenant and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Within his 24 years in the army, the president was governor of the defunct North Eastern State, minister of petroleum, chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and head of state. Where can our youths get such opportunities today?
“On his watch as minister of petroleum, N2.8 billion went missing from the accounts of the NNPC in Midlands Bank in the United Kingdom. That N2.8 billion as at that time is like $2.8 billion (over N1 trillion now) and here is he insulting the youths whose existence his likes mortgaged.” He told the president to stop de-marketing Nigeria and its people in foreign lands, reminding Nigerians how he (Buhari) said in an interview with the UK Telegraph in February 2016 that some Nigerians in the United Kingdom were disposed to criminality and should not be granted asylum there.
The governor, who insisted that the negative foundation the likes of President Buhari laid for Nigeria had made life impossible for the youths, asked: “As military governor of the North Eastern State, what difference did Buhari make in the lives of youths in the North?”He described Buhari as an analogue president. “There is no connection between him and the youths because I doubt if he can even use a common android phone. One can’t really blame the president; he does not understand what is obtainable in the country anymore. That’s the reason he was still seeing West Germany and Deutschmark in 2015.”

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