The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, for saying Nigerian youths are lazy.
The party in a statment by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan argued that young people in Nigeria have demonstrated thier industry and cannot in
any way be described as lazy.
“Nigerians find it extremely shocking that President Buhari could make
such a false, derogatory and unpatriotic comment against our citizens at a time the nation was looking up to him to properly present our potentials to the global business community.
“It is alarming that at every international event, the President makes it a favorite past time to de-market, paint and denigrate our dear nation and her citizens in very negative light, an indication that he has stopped believing in Nigeria” the stament read.
According to Ologbondiyan, Buhari’s statement of which the video clip of his description of Nigerian youths has gone viral, is yet another case of the president portraying the country in bad light.
“Mr. President’s latest salvo is totally unacceptable and must be
condemned by all right-thinking people to avoid further verbal assault against our country, particularly at international fora.
“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” the statment read.
The PDP said, rather than criticise young Nigerians, the president should concern himself with creating jobs and other opportunities for them.
“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”.