President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday cleared the air on his recent comment on Nigerian youths which drew him widespread criticisms.
Recall that the media was recently awash with Buhari’s remark at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London that a lot of young persons in Nigeria prefers to sit and do no work.
Reacting to criticisms that have since greeted the comment, the President told the Voice of America, Hausa service in Washington DC that the press only preferred to interpret and report what they like instead of concentrating on developmental journalism.
He said, “you know Nigeria’s population is now between 180 and 190 million and 60 per cent of this population is youth that is 30 years down ward.
“You know in the North most youths are uneducated or are school dropouts. If not because we had good harvests in the last two farming seasons the situation would have been worsen.
“Even if these youths travel out of the North for greener pasture they hardly make it economically because what they earn as income cannot afford them to meet their basic needs or return home.
“All these explanations I made they refused to highlight them in their report and you know the media in Nigeria in most cases only do what they like.’’
Buhari cited an instance with the nation’s achievements in the agricultural sector where millions of Nigerians have benefitted financially, stating that this was left unreported by the media.