Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari yesterday slammed youths of the country, saying that many of them wants free things because they believe that their country is oil-rich.
President Buhari while speaking in a video made available by the Cable, said this at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster.
In the video, Buhari said, “About the economy, we have a very young population, our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. This is a very conservative one.”
“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.”
Buhari’s statement has sparked angry reactions from Nigeran youths who said that demanding for basic amenities is their right.
Buhari is now set to meet with business leaders and other heads of state as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting progresses. It is unclear if Buhari’s statement will have damaging effects on the global perception of the average Nigerian youths, and that of potential investors in the country.