Following President Buhari's remarks at the Commonwealth Business Forum on Wednesday in Westminster, London, suggesting many Nigerian youths are lazy and expect free benefits, many young Nigerians and their allies are reacting with outrage at the comment.
He said that Buhari did not say that all Nigerian youths are lazy, but rather a lot of them.
Since the comment was made, a hashtag on micro-blogging site, Twitter (#LazyNigerianYouth) has been trending with young Nigerians showing off what they do to make a living in disagreement with their leader's thoughts. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.
"Indeed, every country has its share of idle population, and it is the bounden duty of government at all levels, to create an enabling environment for them to actualise their potential".
"The President should simply withdraw the statement on the youths and apologize; and tell them what he will do for them in addition to what he had done for them", the senator said.
"President Buhari is re-ordering up, he is resetting our country".
Atiku, in a status update on his Facebook wall, yesterday, described Nigerian youths as enterprising and the backbone of the nation's success.
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"First, a huge section of youths who are going to vote are not going to be aware of that comment", Animashaun said. 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.
Before I came here (Commonwealth Business Forum), the Shell group came and saw me; they are preparing to invest $15bn in Nigeria.
Femi Adesina, the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, condemned the report, describing it as a deliberate mischief by manipulators and twisters of statements of the President.
At a rally in front of the Nigerian high commission in London, the UK-based Nigerians said Buhari was "resetting" the country for good.
"I wonder how a government that has employed 100,000 unemployed graduates and also feeds about 7.5 million people daily could be tagged anti-youth".
"Those winning medals for our country are youths and not old men".
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