Kingsley Moghalu, a 2019 presidential aspirant, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for saying Nigerian youths “do nothing and want everything for free”.
While delivering a keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London yesterday, Buhari was quoted to have said that most Nigerian youths want everything free without doing anything.
Moghalu, reacting to the widely controversial statement accused Buhari’s administration of increasing the unemployment rate in the country, which had risen from “8.2% in Q2 2015, to 18.8%”.
Moghalu, in disagreement with the President’s widely controversial statement, said Nigerian youths were the country’s “richest raw material”with no opportunities created by the federal government.
On his official Facebook page, he wrote: “Dear Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian youths are not waiting for handouts. They are making the most of what has been left for them, which is nothing.
“Under your administration, unemployment has climbed from 8.2% in Q2 2015, to 18.8% now. Many want to work, but they have no opportunities.
“Many of our young people, from Wizkid to Davido to Don Jazzy have been fantastic cultural ambassadors of Nigeria. Lazy youth could not have pulled this off.
“Yet more, like Kola Oyeneyin and Otto Orondaam are doing their bit to give their fellow youths opportunities for a better life.
“We must refrain from asking our youth why their feet are dirty, when we don’t even give them shoes.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency, through the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,Femi Adesina, has since clarified what the Buhari actually said.