Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s disclosure that Nigerian youths are not educated and prefer while away their time, banking on the notion that the country is an oil-rich nation, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has vowed that he would never say Nigerian youths are lazy.
The presidential aspirant, who was speaking in reaction to the President’s comment during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London, maintained that the country’s youth are its greatest assets.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Thursday, the PDP bigwig said, “I will never refer to Nigeria’s youth as people who sit and do nothing. They are hardworking. I should know, I have thousands of youths working for me all over the country who have been the backbone to our success.
“I’ve always said oil is not Nigeria’s greatest asset. Our greatest asset is our youth who created Nollywood out of nothing and an entertainment industry that is second to none in Africa.
“Our youth are charting new frontiers; creating a huge tech industry on their own. Their entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and creative abilities are things of pride and should be applauded, encouraged and nurtured.”
On his part, former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, stated that the President’s comment that Nigerian youth want to sit and do nothing is illogical.
Writing on Twitter, he however asserted that the so-called lazy Nigerian youth will respond to Buhari during the 2019 elections.
“Nigerian youths created Nollywood from scratch without government help. Seventy-seven per cent of black doctors in America are Nigerians, mostly youths who were frustrated out of Nigeria due to inept leadership of the likes of Buhari. In his life, can Buhari name one thing he has run successfully?
“Between Nigerian youths and Buhari, who sits and does nothing? What rubbish from a president who lied that rats chased him from his office so he could work at home. A lazy president who can’t supervise his IGP to know where he is calls youths lazy. You will hear from them in 2019.
“It is statements like Buhari’s comments that Nigerian youths are lazy that make me value my white beard. Since I am not a youth, I am not lazy according to Buhari’s logic,” Omokri’s tweets read.