President Muhammadu Buhari who spoke on Wednesday during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London, where he reportedly said that youths, who make up 60 per cent of the Nigerian population, were waiting to get social amenities free without doing anything, has been countered by Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
Reacting to President Buhari’s claims, Governor Fayose tweeted;
At 19, President Buhari left Secondary School to join the Army. At age 21,he was commissioned a second lieutenant and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Where can our youths get such opportunity today?
Nigerian youths are hardworking, intelligent and enterprising. Their future was mortgaged by past leaders like President Buhari, who had everything at their beck and call as youths. I imagine the youths of today having half of the opportunities available in the 50s and 60s…
President Buhari at the event, also said he had fulfilled his campaign promises by improving on the nation’s security and the economy.
Buhari, while giving his administration a pass mark in security, said the government had been able to decimate the Boko Haram sect, whose activities, he said, had damaged the education and health infrastructures.
“And then the economy. We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 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 and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free,” he added.
On Agriculture, President Buhari said his administration had also made impact by giving loans to citizens without asking for collateral.
“Recently, my minister for information was constrained to answer a question by people accusing my administration of doing nothing. He said let Nigerians be reminded the position we were before May 2015 and the condition we are now and what we have achieved between then and now and I think people were impressed with the answer.
“In economy, we are doing very well, especially in agriculture. We are providing soft loans and the guarantee is just that you have to belong to a certain locality and you have land. You don’t need to go to a bank to bring physical collateral. I think a lot is being done,” he added.