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Mixed reactions by Nigerians, regarding President Buhari's '#LazyNigerianYouth' comment



Following President Buhari’s remarks at
the Commonwealth Business Forum on
Wednesday in Westminster, London,
suggesting many Nigerian youths are lazy
and expect free benefits, many young
Nigerians and their allies are reacting with
outrage at the comment.
Video of President
@MBuhari ’s comments on
the Nigerian youth that has
caused a lot of reactions and
— Dr. Aminu Gamawa
(@aminugamawa) April 19,
The President had said at the ongoing
Commonwealth meeting that:
“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 backlash was swift as Nigerians
immediately rallied on social media,
particularly Twitter, trending the hashtag
#LazyNigerianYouth, to shoot back at a
comment they consider an insult to the
many hardworking young people of the
Here are a sample of what Nigerians are
Nigerian youths are
hardworking, intelligent and
enterprising. Their future
was mortgaged by past
leaders like President Buhari,
who had everything at their
beck and call as youths. I
imagine the youths of today
having half of the
opportunities available in the
50s and 60s…
— Peter Ayodele Fayose
(@GovAyoFayose) April 18,
Nigerian youths want to “sit
and do nothing, and get
housing, healthcare”-Buhari
He is describing himself.
He sits and does nothing at
Aso Rock.
He gets free housing at the
Presidential Villa.
He spends 103 days in
London and we pay for it!
Joblessness makes him talk
— Reno Omokri
(@renoomokri) April 18,
I think we should start a
hashtag, showing Nigerians
youths that are doing great
(home and abroad) we can’t
let our president paint us bad
out there, time to paint
ourselves by
ourselves. #LazyNigerianYouths
— Mr. Jack Robinson
(@jackdre02) April 19, 2018
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. #LazyNigerianYouths
— P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S
(@OneBabeLikeThat) April
19, 2018
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..
— Mr. Jack Robinson
(@jackdre02) April 19, 2018
Whoever says Nigerian
youths are lazy should just
buy a mirror and he or she
will see the real definition of
laziness! I have over 1000
Nigerian youths in my
employ and not one of them
is lazy.
— Ben Murray-Bruce
(@benmurraybruce) April 18,
I will never refer to Nigeria’s
youth as people who sit and
do nothing. They are
hardworking. I should know,
I have thousands of youths
working for me all over the
country who have been the
backbone to our success.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku)
April 19, 2018
Now #LazyNigerianYouths
who’s Lazy?
@erigganewmoney Yu dey
see wetin I dey observe?
— eniolar_ THA GOAT
(@Omofela_) April 19, 2018
I am a youth
I am Educated
I do three handiworks
together despite the fact that
the economy is harsh for
businesses but I have to
provide for my needs
Seen graduates that ride
okada/keke just to eat & you
had the gut to disrespect us
like that?
— Mimitracy
(@T_oluwani) April 19, 2018
#LazyNigerianYouths I am a
graduate of philosophy, Ekiti
State University. I make and
sell wigs. I don’t ask for free
things. I am hardworking
and independent. Thank you
(@nwanyi_Enugu) April 19,

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