Nigerian youths not lazy, ADP tells Buhari

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The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, added that while other commonwealth heads of state used the occasion to negotiate businesses and showcase the potential and opportunities in their countries, President Buhari only succeeded in de-marketing his country and painting the citizens, particularly the youths, in the negative.

President Muhammadu Buhari's comment about Nigerian youths is the worst any leader makes about his country overseas, according to the Unified Nigeria Youth Forum. The ADP said though Buhari's comment was not surprising, but regretted that for a man that has supervised the loss of over 10 million jobs since 2015, the comments are even more insulting.

The Nigerian President, speaking at the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Wednesday, April 18 in London described the youth of his country as lazy people who are always desperate for freebies.

And the non-governmental organization in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, called on Buhari to retract the comment and apologize to Nigerian youths within seven days.

According to him, youths "do nothing and want everything free in Nigeria".

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"The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) contends that the president's description of the Nigerian situation regarding its youths was apt, precise and succinct". Many of us want to work but have no opportunities.

The opposition party further added that Nigerians are not surprised that the President returned empty handed last night and with no tangible dividend, a development which is the direct effect of his negative comments about Nigerians and his presentation of false performance indices to his hosts. What responsible work are they doing?

"We have forgotten that Buhari is not the only leader who described Nigerians and the youth in particular in this manner".

"The 25th September 2017 edition of a northern-based newspaper also reportedly quoted Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as saying, "Northerners are lazy" while General Babangida (rtd) allegedly opined during a BBC Hausa service interview of 16th April, 2010, The Nigerian youth is useless, can not lead".