President Muhammadu Buhari has finally explained what he
meant by the remarks he recently made about Nigerian
youths that led to widespread criticisms while he was away
JoshSpot recalls that while speaking at the
Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster penultimate
week, President Buhari remarked that a lot of Nigerian
youths were lazy and waiting on just government.
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“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 has been an oil producing country, therefore, they
should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare,
education free,” he said.
Even though the comment was interpreted as a dismissal of
the work ethic of most Nigerian youths and drew criticism
from political opponents and the public, the president had
never directly explained his remarks.
However, while speaking during an interview with Voice of
America, Hausa service, in Washington, United States on
Tuesday, the President said his words were misinterpreted
by the media who love to do what they like.
He explained, “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 downward.
“You know in the North most youths are uneducated or
school dropouts. If not because we had good harvests in
the last two farming seasons, the situation would have been
“These youths even if they 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.
“For instance the nation’s achievements in the agricultural
sector where millions of Nigerians benefited financially were
left unreported by the media.”
President Buhari is currently on a working visit to overseas
where he has met his US counterpart, President Donald
Trump, at the White House.