On Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari during a business conference in London, was quoted to have said that the youths “do nothing” and want everything for “free” in the oil-rich country.
“A lot of them (Nigerian youths) haven’t been to school and they are claiming, you know, that Nigeria has been an oil-producing country therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, health care, education, free,” PMB allegedly said.
This is a very unfair statement to make to the international audience about the youths, the driving force behind the economy. That statement does not go down well with the youths.
The youths argued that as the total population of Nigeria comprises of over 60% of the youth, that singular statement by President Muhammadu Buhari amounts to selling Nigeria as a country cheaply to a prospective investor, because denigrating the youths is more or less denigrating the whole Nigeria as a whole.
On what ground even is the Nigerian youths lazy? If the President Muhammadu Buhari, with due respect should hinge to the fact of the tiny minority of the youths that are after rising to power, failing or failed their people, or some of the youths that are just blowing things up in protest of some sorts, then he is not fair, with due respect again, to the teaming youths in the ICT industry, in the agriculture, the military (the military is entirely made up of able youths) to mention but few. This statement is perhaps challenging the potency of the youths.
For instance, President Buhari made 298 promises in the run-up to the 2015 general election among which is the promise of three million Jobs annually. Three years down the line, all we have are people losing jobs, yet the youth who are at the receiving end of this anomaly form a large chunk of those championing the second term agenda of the same president.
This is to talk less of the Naira-Dollar tussle. It was even better during the last administration, it was about one hundred and sixty naira to a dollar then. Today Naira is three hundred and sixty Naira to a dollar permanently. Ordinarily the ineffectiveness of Buhari’s administration should provoke peaceful protest from the youth which are major victims of his incapacity, but the reverse is the case.
It will be bad for this administration to continue to be adding salt to the wounds of the youths, aggravating an already a bad situation, getting the Nigerian youths increasingly really fed-up and provoked, and taking to the street. Hence, they deserve a second statement, pacifying them this time as the drum of mobilization amongst the youth is day-by-day beating loud in impertinence for the day administration. This is a dangerous indicator.
We know that there is no country in the world that has emerged industrialized, that the industrialization has not been led by the state. So, if the youths are lazy, then the administration has championed the course of its laziness.
As concerned youths of federal republic of Nigeria we unequivocally join the ranks and files of the well-meaning Nigerian youths in a clear term to condemn the statement accredited to President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerian youths are lazy and freebies lovers.
- Prince Abdulrahman Obaje is a Media and ICT Consultant, Journalist, online marketer, social media strategist, Mathematician and Computer Scientist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Founder and the Publisher of The Informavores!. You can reach me on +234 908 6937 780 or send i-witness report directly to me on firstname.lastname@example.org.