Lazy Nigerian Youths

‘Lazy Nigerian Youths’ Has Us Asking Why Nigerian Presidents Lie?

Muhammadu Buhari is fond of one thing, taking unsolicited trips as though he were an entitled millennial on a quest to explore earth before life on Mars, with taxpayers money. But what really is the bone of contention, is the constant deliberate effort of Mr. President to paint Nigerian citizens as ‘lazy’, ‘uneducated’ and other unpleasant tags. The same man whose government has failed to achieve one of its many sci-fi manifestos is now pointing fingers at 17 million people who have lost their jobs since he became president, millions of university graduates who are still clueless about what happens after school in a shithole economy, or the millions of youth who gave up a long time ago and are now indulged in internet fraud or criminal activities. There are no other reasons to convince me that we have a focused head of state who is very well aware of the state of the nation he governs.

The President spoke on Wednesday during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London where the moderator had asked him to give his final thoughts on the issues discussed. The President said he had fulfilled his campaign promises by improving the nation’s security and the economy.

“And then the economy. We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free,” he added.

To think his son was treated abroad with “lazy” taxpayer’s money after crashing his bike bought with “lazy” taxpayer’s money. This thing dey pain me. #LazyNigerianYouths

— Arinze🐼 (@Cardinal4400) April 19, 2018

The President added that his administration had also made an impact in agriculture by giving loans to citizens without asking for collateral (the biggest lie so far – because even the Bank of Industry still demands 20 million worth of collateral from fresh graduates).

While we remain citizens of a country that repeatedly bruise our willpower and emotions, we hope for a time where our leaders will learn that it’s a tech/information savvy 21st century; just maybe the lies can stop. For President Buhari, we ask that he stops failing at his primary assignment of being president which is to be the chief marketing officer of the country, and most importantly, he drops his octogenarian dreams of becoming president one more time.

Meanwhile, it’s important to note Theresa May’s call for same-sex marriages in Nigeria and all other Commonwealth Nations. The Prime Minister said this on Tuesday while speaking at the first joint forum at Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings in Westminster. As expected, Nigerian senators and elders who didn’t see the theft of the mace coming were talking religion again.

Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago, continue to affect the lives of many people tens of millions of young people. Criminalizing same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls. I am all too aware that these laws were put in place by my own country; they were wrong then and they are wrong now. As the UK’s prime minister, I deeply regret that those laws were introduce…as a family, we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions, but we must do so in a manner consistent with equality, as it is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter. Nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love and the UK stands ready to help any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.


Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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