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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is unperturbed by the social media rage his London comment about Nigerian youth generated in April, which has been tagged “Lazy Nigerian Youths.”
This time, Buhari is being specific, when he told Voice of America (VOA) Tuesday that most Northern youths are uneducated or school dropouts.
“More than 60 percent of the (Nigeria’s) 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 president had said at a Commonwealth forum in London April.
Less than a month after his London speech, Mr. President again told VOA that, “You know Nigeria’s population is now between 180 and 190 million and 60 per cent of this population is youth that is 30 years down ward.
“You know in the north most youths are uneducated or school dropouts. If not because we had good harvests in the last two farming seasons, the situation would have deteriorated.
He said northern youths hardly find their footing if they relocate, “because what they earn as income cannot afford them to meet their basic needs or return home.
“All these explanations I made, they refused to highlight them in their report and you know the media in Nigeria in most cases only do what they like.”
On Obasanjo’s letter
Buhari said initially he did not want Minister Of Information, Lai Mohammed, to reply ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his criticism about his administration.
He said he let the minister to reply Obasanjo so as to highlight his (Buhari’s) achievements since coming to power.
“Even when the minister of information and culture wanted to reply that abusive letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, I had wanted Lai not to reply the letter but I said I should allow him to highlight the achievements of our administration,” he said.
Chief Obasanjo is known for writing letters to sitting presidents since he left office in 2007. He wrote former President Goodluck Jonathan, and he (Jonathan) lost the 2015 elections.
He has written Buhari urging him not to re-contest in 2019 elections. He said Buhar’s government has failed Nigerians.