- The Congress of Nigerian Youth has reacted to the President Buhari’s statement about Nigerian youths
- The group noted that Nigerian leaders should apologise to the youths for consistently rewarding mediocrity and relegating excellence
- They said it is high time the youths stood up to take up the leadership mantle of the country
The Congress of Nigerian Youth (CONYO) has responded to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that many Nigerian youths are waiting to get free things from the government.
Nigerian Tribunes reports that the southwest coordinator of CONYO, Paul Ogunkoya noted that the youth body was quite disappointed with the statement of the president, stating that the president didn’t use the right word to describe the youths in Nigeria.
Ogunkoya said: ''Rather than ridicule us in the eyes of the world, our leaders should actually apologise to us for consistently rewarding mediocrity and relegating excellence, thereby encouraging laziness.
''I urge all Nigerian youths, who constitute about 70 per cent of the population to rise up in 2019 and make a statement at the polls through the ballot, using their PVCs, by voting credible, visionary, selfless youths across the board.
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''In 2019 let’s reply #PMB statement that Nigerian youths are lazy and just want free oil money with our votes let us all stand and #SayNoToBuhari. It is high time we youths stood up to take up the leadership mantle.
''Our objectives now are to get articulated with this drive to pursue away these looters and corrupt leaders in power across the length and breadth of Nigeria, irrespective of their party affiliations or ethnic fundamentalism.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari said many Nigerian youths are lazy because of their notion that country is rich oil production and exportation.
Speaking at the commonwealth business forum in Westminster on Wednesday, April 18, the president said a lot of Nigerian youths have not been to school and expecting to get things free of charge.
President 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.”
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