Nigerians have reacted to the comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari at Commonwealth Business Forum in London accusing much Nigerian youth of laziness. Speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday, the president said a lot of Nigerian youth have not been to school and they want everything free.
In his words:
“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 is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free.”
The comment has sparked outrage and public condemnation with many saying it failed to convey the reality of Nigerian youth’s exploits.
Many Nigerians who took to their social media accounts with the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouths and #HardWorkingNigerianYouth express their dissatisfaction with the President’s comment.
Let’s define lazy pic.twitter.com/v2zcWm1VcU
— kwatmi_Tyron (@kwatmi_Tyron) April 19, 2018
I try to not comment on politics but we CAN NOT CONTINUE TO LEAVE POLITICS TO POLITICIANS.
Dear @MBuhari , I have 3 degrees and you do not have one; I did not graduate from University when cars and jobs were waiting for graduates; y#LazyNigerianYouths #TimesUp #Movement
— Dr. Adeola Olubamiji (@adexmee) April 19, 2018
Graduate of petroleum tech.
I own a fabric trading biz
I run a poultry.
I buy and sell grains.
I run an NGO that caters for girls.
I am the president of GIST mentoring school.
I am a creative writer.
I am a wife and a mother.
I am under 30.
Nope! I am not a #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/B35gyNRCmr
— Jenny Tim-Okoliko (@JennyGISTers) April 19, 2018
She’s not a #LazyNigerianYouths
She’s graduate of Physics from EKSU,with a masters degree from UI & on a PhD program in UI.
She has kidney failure,she needs 12 million naira. 1 million already raised.
Please help RT @segalink @DrJoeAbah pic.twitter.com/cs1kbuDSa3
— Tosin Olugbenga (Minding My Business) (@TosinOlugbenga) April 19, 2018
We stay home all day and play ludo #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/vEztOeoyXq
— Oga Web Designer (@samCodeNg) April 19, 2018
Nigerian Youths are lazy!
Yet, here’s Abdulrahim from Unguwan Dosa Kaduna.
No Education; Yes.
Yet works hard with one leg just to earn a living, where others will see an opportunity to beg.
WE’RE NOT LAZY!
TAKE BACK YOUR WORDS SIR @MBuhari
— Wunderkid (@WunderKid_) April 19, 2018
AND of course, Politicians took advantage
Nigeria Youths Are Not Lazy, PDP Replies @MBuhari: Nigerian youths, by their demonstrated industry, cannot in any way be described by anybody as lazy. We find it extremely shocking [email protected] could make such a false, derogatory and unpatriotic comment against our citizenspic.twitter.com/mjXGYQmQys
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) April 19, 2018
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
Nigerian youths not lazy, they must vote against Buhari in 2019, Fayose sayshttps://t.co/EglmZQOVYk
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) April 20, 2018
Social Media Activists too
But you were not #LazyNigerianYouths when you voted in 2015.
God know that the BEST RESPONSE is usually evidence-based.
Just DEFINITELY go get your #PVC now and vote in 2019. #GreatestNigerianYouths!
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) April 19, 2018
Buhari should go to Obalende at 4am or Ikeja by 12am.Youth strive to wade through the failed educational system & the nasty job market
No Jobs: We became Entrepreneurs
No Light: We still generate our own electricity
No Govt support: We still fend for ourselves#LazyNigerianYouths
— Iyá Lájè Of Lagos (@newscantell) April 19, 2018
This is the most falsified representation of Nigerian Youths I’ve ever heard of. Nigerians have never acted entitled, most of us do not even know what it means to be an Oil Producing Country, we buy petrol at exorbitant rates….#LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/TV3BDNQgQP
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) April 19, 2018
See lazy Nigerians doing nothing but waiting for oil money #LazyNigerianYouthspic.twitter.com/6ihSzshfn7
— #ToRussiaWithCoke (@badgalmaddie_) April 19, 2018
A few days ago, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in Lagos to meet young innovators at Andela and the larger tech community in Yaba.The hub which is driven by young innovators and entrepreneurs and is widely seen as a manifestation of their entrepreneur skill.
The president is currently attending the Commonwealth business forum in London this is the first time since 1997, the UK will host Commonwealth leaders for the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting; representing the interests of over 2.6 billion people.