Reactions have continued to trail the statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari, at a Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, United Kingdom, condemning Nigerian youths to be lazy.
In the video released by The Cable, President Buhari emphatically stated that many of the youths below the age of 30 are uneducated, but they are waiting for everything to be done for them, just because Nigeria is an oil-rich country.
This got many Nigerian youths angry as they took to their various social media handles to air their grief. Below are some of the many comments extracted mainly from twitter.
Uduak Inwang: Even Yusuf Buhari is unemployed yet has an 80 Million Naira Power Bike! Buhari promised you 5k as unemployed youth while campaigning to be president, today he is insulting Nigerian youths calling them lazy youth.
The Lady Painter: I am a Nigerian. I paint homes and offices for a living. @MBuhari I am not lazy, we are not lazy!
KinG NomSo: God bless every Nigerian Youth that is struggling to make ends meet. We will prosper.
Noris Eli: I have two degrees, one in Chemical engineering and the other in Marine Engineering. I am ridiculously underpaid & underemployed in my country and so are many other Nigerian youths. I am not lazy. My president lied or totally uninformed of the true situation
Moonlight: Nigerian youths are willing to do jobs that they actually hate just to make ends meet. Nigerian youths adapt to EVERY situation to survive. Nigerian youths are not Lazy!
Okwulu Okalisia: Buhari is not well, I think the sickness has affected him somehow in the head.
Elvis Tunde: President Buhari doing what he knows how to do best. Disgracing Nigerians since the days of John the Baptist. This is what you get when you elect someone with a NEPA bill certificate. A mistake that needs to be corrected.
KinG NomSo: Most Nigerian Youths are either underpaid, or being owed salaries, own businesses despite the harsh economy. Are trying to leave well & get molested by SARS
Umeh and 99 others: Nigerian youths are the most hardworking people you’ll ever meet! Imagine living and surviving in a country that has no plan for you and constantly tries to make life hard, yet we survive and try to break through. We are not #LazyNigerianYouths
Adegbesan Olusile: I am a 2ndClass Upper graduate of Chemistry Science from University of Lagos. I am now a shoemaker because I couldn’t get a job. I am not lazy!
Adeeko Kehinde T: I’m a graduate of Food Science and Technology with National Diploma and Higher National Diploma. As @MBuhari came on board in 2015, I graduated. Since Buhari couldn’t provide me a job, I started my tailoring business @KAN_Royale, guess it qualifies me as a #LazyNigerianYouths
Prosper Otemuyiwa: Let me talk about youths in the Nigerian technogy industry. This is my domain. These men & women work really hard. Blood & sweat make up a great chunk of their daily diet to make the most difficult things happen. THREAD!!!
No One: Buhari that didn’t get an Education when it was free? Now calling us #LazyNigerianYouths when Education has become a luxury and getting a good paying job is now regarded as a miracle? Can’t believe I once campaigned this man. God forgive me.
GIDITRAFFIC: Can our leaders show us where their children work? The ‘1st children’ for instance, what work do they do? Where do they work? What have they contributed to Nigeria’s growth or death? You call other people’s children lazy? We refuse that label.
George Tunez: Buhari is busy slamming Nigerian Youths, calling us LAZY. This man doesn’t know being Nigerian is a full time Job.
AdeShola: I suffered to get admission, suffered not to sleep with all the lecturers of my generation before I graduate, then suffered to try not to sleep with people for jobs too! And my country can’t do nothing about it. I am violated in all angles.
Oke Umurhohwo: I am a Nigerian youth and working very hard. I pay my bills and my taxes even when the government does little or nothing to provide basic amenities. There are many Nigerian youths like me and we won’t be ridiculed by a charlatan of a president. We are not #LazyNigerianYouths
KAN-Royale: I’m a graduate. I’m hardworking. I make beautiful native attires. I work hard to ensure I don’t go to be hungry. I’m in need of customers. I’m not part of #LazyNigerianYouths.
Oluyemi Fasipe: On behalf of #LazyNigerianYouths, I Fasipe Oluyemi hereby disown President @MBuhari. He is not our President. We will elect our own President on the 16th of February 2019. So help us God.
XL2LETTERS: MSc in Architecture from Unilag, 4 years work as an Architect, 3 years work in branding, 6 years as a Musician. I brand, design, create 3D animations, write songs, coordinate dances, and am married!
Prosper Otemuyiwa: I can tag at least 80 developers/techies that are shaking & breaking tables here & abroad without Government’s help. We still pay taxes that help you & family survive your stupendous health bills.
Arinze Stanley: I work 8 Hours in the day only to come back to my art studio and work for another 5 hours in the night. I am a Nigerian youth and I am not Lazy.
Arinze Stanley: This being said, I will be burning this artwork I made in 2016 because you, Muhammadu Buhari, are a shame to the millions of youth that voted you in.
Maryam Titilayo: As a ‘lazy Nigerian’, l work 8 hours daily to ensure a better future for the next generation. l don’t crash N56m power bike or married to billionaire son. l celebrate myself.
Mr. Jack Robinson: Meet Kate Ogechukwu, a Second Class Upper graduate of History and International Relations from Ebonyi State University, decided to go into charcoal selling to make ends meet, due to lack of Jobs.
P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S: I’m a teacher in 3 different places. I also sell cars, I don’t do anything illegal. I work round the clock. I am a Nigerian youth. I am a superwoman. I am not lazy.
FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR): This is the most falsified representation of Nigerian Youths I’ve ever heard of. Nigerians have never acted entitled, most of us do not even know what it means to be an Oil Producing Country, as we buy petrol at exorbitant rates.
Nurse Bambi: I’m a lazy Second Class Upper graduate Nigerian Nurse who overworks herself just to make sure I save lives and renders care. I design and make scrubs. I have a family I take care of. I’m not even up to 25 years. Yes! I’m one of the #LazyNigerianYouths
Prince ‘Yemi Adebowale: I know Nigerian youths who do hard work on their farmlands in Benue and Taraba. They have no interest in neither Oil nor Gas but their farm produce. I know a president who understands why Fulani extremists can kill them while at work on their farmlands.
Jennifer Enemuo: It hurts to be branded as part of #LazyNigerianYouths after graduating with First Class Honours in Forensic Science. I Proudly make foot wears now.
Jenny Tim-Okoliko: A Graduate of Petroleum Technology, I own a fabric trading business, run a poultry, buy and sell grains, run an NGO that caters for girls. I am the president of GIST Mentoring School. I am a creative writer. I am a wife and a mother. I am under 30. Nope! I am not a #LazyNigerianYouths.