Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s remark that some Nigerians youths laze about with the notion that the country is oil-rich, there has been a torrent of reactions from different quarters – Nigerian youths, political opponents, etc.
While some have been condemning the president’s statement as embarrassing, some believe that President Buhari’s statement is accurate and should be seen as a wake-up to the Nigerian youths.
In a Facebook post, a Malaysia-based Nigerian man, identified as Auwal Mustapha Imam, defends President Buhari’s remarks.
According to him, anyone who could not interpret the president’s speech accurately is lazy.
His post below:
"ARE YOU LAZY?
If you sit there, waiting for someone to call you lazy; you are lazy.
If you couldn't interpret President's speech well; you are lazy.
If you feel offended by PMB's speech, and you feel he was referring to you; you are lazy.
If you have enough time to reply that you are not lazy; you are lazy.
If you constantly wait for government to provide you job; you are lazy.
If you cannot pick a hoe to cultivate lands; you are lazy.
If you are not productive at your work; you are lazy.
If you don't have manners; you are lazy.
If you insult and abuse people anyhow; you are lazy.
If you don't have PVC; you are lazy.
If you hate PMB blindly; you are lazy.
If you cannot participate actively in politics so you can change things; you are lazy.
If you compare yourself with Buhari's children; you are not the only lazy in your family.
If you feel offended by this post; you are lazy.
If this post inspires you; you are NOT lazy.
Auwal is not lazy."
Meanwhile, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has also disagreed with President Buhari’s statement that many Nigerian youths just sit and do nothing.
Atiku in a series of tweets on Thursday, April 19, said he will never refer to Nigeria's youth as people who sit and do nothing.
The former vice president added that he has always said oil is not Nigeria’s greatest asset, rather the youths are the country's greatest who created Nollywood out of nothing and an entertainment industry that is second to none in Africa.
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