We are not lazy, Nigerian youths reply PMB as Presidency clarifies Buhari gaffe
Many Nigerians took to the social media Thursday to counter the statement made by President Buhari on Wednesday who accused youths of laziness and loving freebies above hard work.
Some youths accused the president of passing on the blame as usual, while others gave instances of their colleagues doing well without government support.
They also urged the president to fulfil his campaign promise to create jobs.
Meanwhile the Presidency on Thursday explained that President Muhammadu Buhari did not refer to all Nigerian youths as lazy in a statement he made on Wednesday during the question and answer section of the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.
Rather, it said Buhari only made reference to “a lot of” Nigerian youths and not all of them.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists.
Adesina attributed the outrage that trailed the President’s comment to those he described as “manipulators and twisters” of Buhari’s statements.
He said, “Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr. President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners.
“But elementary English recognises a wide gulf between ‘a lot of’ and the word ‘all.’ How can ‘a lot of them,’ suddenly transmogrify to mean ‘all of them?’ Mischievous and unconscionable!
“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 youths age bracket, pass a vote of no confidence on all youths.
“It can only exist in the imagination of those who play what the President has described as ‘irresponsible politics’ with everything.”
The presidential spokesman said Buhari had always applauded and celebrated Nigerian youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, from sports, to academia, and other realms.
He said the President would continue to do so, because he values the youth, and knows that they are the fulcrum on which the future of the country rests.
“Indeed, every country has its share of idle population, and it is the bounden duty of government at all levels, to create an enabling environment for them to actualise their potential. That is what President Buhari is committed to doing. Source: Punch
See some reactions from angry Nigerian youths below:
President Buhari doing what he knows how to do best.. Disgracing Nigerians since the days of John The Baptist.
This is what you get when you elect someone with a NEPA bill certificate. A mistake that needs to be corrected.
We are not #LazyNigerianYouths
The last time you heard the minority voice clamouring for you to contest again. This time around you are seeing many Nigerians youth who don’t want to work but you fail to see the majority who are eager, making moves everyday to do something reasonable to better their lives.
I will keep saying this put infrastructure in place especially ELECTRICITY and u will be amazed by what this your Nigerians youth that are not ready to work in your opinion will accomplish.
You blame previous government, you blame the youth. Stop this blaming game Mr President
President Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminister on Wednesday said, “We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free,”
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