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FW: Why are young people mad at President Buhari?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on 18th April 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in the United Kindgom said that Nigerian youth do “nothing” and want everything for “free” in the (oil rich) country.

His statement was in response to questions about Nigeria’s northeast and the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CCFTA), which Nigeria pulled out of signing.

“We have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. More than 60 percent of the population is below the age of 30. 
A lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming, you know, that Nigeria has been an oil-producing country therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, health care, education, free.” 
- Muhammadu Buhari

Reacting to the President’s comment, Nigeria’s young people took to social media to express their displeasure at the accusation that they do not put in work and want things to come easy.  They also shared tales of how much work they do every day using the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouths. 

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