PDP To Buhari: Nigerian Youths Most Industrious In The World
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come hard on President Muhammadu Buhari for describing Nigerian Youths as lazy.
Mr Buhari had on Wednesday while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, accused Nigerian youths of doing nothing and wanting everything free because they believe the country is an oil-rich nation.
“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 President said.
But reacting on Thursday, PDP in a statement by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, accused the President of massive youth unemployment.
According to the statement, more than 24 million jobs have been lost since President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress took over power in 2015.
The statement reads in part: “How can President Buhari describe Nigerian youths as lazy, when they have proven, without doubt, to be one of the most industrious sets of individuals across the world?
“Here is a President, whose administration has in its three years of governance, contributed nothing towards providing opportunities for our youths and who has not initiated or implemented any development project or set up any industry to provide jobs for our aspiring youths.
“Here is a President under whose watch, factories and businesses have shut down resulting in over 24 million job losses and under whom no meaningful foreign direct investment has been attracted to the country.
“This is a President who daily watches Nigerian youths sweating on menial jobs under very strenuous conditions on the streets of Abuja, Jos, Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Bauchi, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Onitsha and other major cities, yet he unsympathetically described them as lazy.
“These are the same set of Nigerians who, upon being afforded the right opportunities in other countries of the world, are known to have excelled in various fields of endeavour.
“Nigerians can now see that when the PDP accused President Buhari of de-marketing our nation, we were not playing politics. It is however saddening that after de-marketing his own generation, President Buhari is set to destroy the future of younger Nigerians.”