AGORA TV reported on Wednesday that while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster UK, President Muhammadu Buhari said that many Nigerian youths just want to sit down and do nothing, banking on the notion that Nigerian is an oil-rich nation, adding that a lot of Nigerian youths have not been to school and they want everything for free.
In a swift reaction to President Buhari’s comment, a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, took to his Facebook page and disagreed with the President’s statement that many Nigerian youths are lazy.
The ex-VP on his Facebook 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,” the statement read.
“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.”