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Buhari is right to call Nigerian youth lazy- Femi Adesina

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At the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday,
April 18, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari gave a keynote
address on Making Business Easier Between Commonwealth
Countries. The presentation was followed by a discussion, and
question and answer session.

Responding to a question, President Buhari had cause to talk about
some Nigerian youths, and he said: ” We have a very young
population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180
million. More than 60 per cent of the population is below the age of
30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming
that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore they
should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and
education free.”

Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of
statements of Mr President, who lie in wait to make mischief,
interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken
all Nigerian youths to the cleaners. But elementary English
recognizes a wide gulf between “a lot of” and the word “all.” How
can “a lot of them,” suddenly transmogrify to mean “all of them?”
Mischievous and unconscionable!

There is no way President Buhari, father of the Nigerian nation in
every sense of the word, who equally has biological children of his
own in the youths age bracket, pass a vote of no confidence on all
youths. It can only exist in the imagination of those who play what
the President has described as “irresponsible politics” with
everything.

President Buhari has always applauded and celebrated Nigerian
youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, from sports, to
academia, and other realms. And he will continue to do so,
because he values the youths, and knows that they are the fulcrum
on which the future of the country rests.

Indeed, every country has its share of idle population, and it is the
bounden duty of government at all levels, to create an enabling
environment for them to actualize their potentials. That is what
President Buhari is committed to doing.

The focal areas of the administration; securing the country,
reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, are actually intended
to give youths a future and a hope. This much was emphasized in
an April 5, 2018 comment by President Buhari, while receiving
Letter of Credence from the Head of Delegation of the European
Union to Nigeria, when he said: ” Our insistence on probity is to
encourage people to be accountable, and accept honesty as a
lifestyle so as to secure the future of our youths.’’ The President
also said more than 60 percent of Nigerians fall into the age
category of youths and deserve to inherit a stable and prosperous
country that they can be proud of, adding that the government will
work assiduously to prevent waste and the depletion of resources
by corrupt Nigerians.

It is futile for mischief makers to lie in wait, and take a minor part
of the words of the President, and turn it into negative
commentary, peradventure they could diminish the profile of the
President. Nigerians across all walks of life know who is serving
them faithfully and truly, and they will always reciprocate such
fidelity as occasions demand.

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