There have been reactions in various social media platforms to comments by President Muhammadu Buhari, criticising youths in the country at a Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, the United Kingdom.
In the video from The Cable, President Buhari said many of the youths below the age of 30 are uneducated, but they are waiting for everything to be done for them, just because Nigeria is an oil-rich country.
Speaking to Channels Television on today – Thursday, the president’s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina explained that President Buhari was referring to some, and not all the young people in the country.
However, many of the reactions have been critical of the President’s comments, some of whom accused him of describing the youths as lazy and being humorous with national pride.
See below some of the top tweets in reactions to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment:
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.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) April 19, 2018
This is dedicated to all hardworking Nigerians who have jobs, side hustles, business, daily struggles and trades.
— Jos Online Jagaban (@Joe_Heman) April 19, 2018
@Gidi_Traffic I am a 2nd class upper graduate of chemistry science from university of lagos, I am now a shoe maker cos I couldn’t get a job, I am not lazy, I am not lazy I am not lazy#LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/7SfHnZhN8w
— Adegbesan Olusile (@d_4_dotun) April 19, 2018
“@Cordeliaokpei: Can our leaders show us where their children work? The ‘1st children’ for instance, what work do they do? Where do they work? What have they contributed to Nigeria’s growth or death? You call other people’s children lazy? We refuse that label.#LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/MlHhthrln7
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) April 19, 2018
I am not lazy and i dont want free anything.
I make some of the best casuals and agbada on this side of the world.
Order for one today.
Help rt my customer full ur TL.#LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/sNPsqjiw8a
— Ade d tailor (@KuloDesigns) April 19, 2018
Meet Kate Ogechukwu, a Second Class Upper graduate of History and International Relations from Ebonyi state university, decided to go into charcoal selling to make ends meet, due to lack of Jobs.. #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/cfvitanKM0
— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) April 19, 2018
— The Lady Painter (@LadyPainterNG) April 19, 2018