President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday disclosed that a lot of Nigerian youths are not educated and want to while away their time, banking on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation.
He stated that the youths, who make up 60 per cent of the Nigerian population, were waiting to get social amenities free without doing anything.
The President spoke during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London.
When asked by the moderator to share his final thoughts on the issues discussed, Buhari said, “about the economy, we have a very young population, our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. This is a very conservative one.
“More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education for free.”
The President went on to state that he had fulfilled his campaign promises by improving on the security of Nigeria and its economy.
He gave his administration a pass mark in security, stressing that the government had been able to decimate the Boko Haram sect, whose activities, he said, had damaged the education and health infrastructures.
Buhari added that his administration had also made impact in agriculture by giving loans to citizens without asking for collateral.
“Recently, my minister for information was constrained to answer a question by people accusing my administration of doing nothing. He said let Nigerians be reminded the position we were before May 2015 and the condition we are now and what we have achieved between then and now and I think people were impressed with the answer.
“In economy, we are doing very well, especially in agriculture. We are providing soft loans and the guarantee is just that you have to belong to a certain locality and you have land. You don’t need to go to a bank to bring physical collateral. I think a lot is being done,” he added.