The Unified Nigeria Youth Forum (UNYF) has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has been given a seven-day ultimatum to retract his comment that Nigerian Youths are lazy. The president generated a great deal of displeasure among the Nigerian youths when he declared that they were lazy, uneducated and slothful in front of the leaders of the commonwealth countries.
The UNYF described the statement as “the worst that any head of state or leader could make in a foreign land against his own people.” The president of UNYF, Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem made this announcement In Kaduna on Monday. He also used the opportunity to inform President Buhari that Nigerians deserved an unreserved apology for the statement and a retraction.
“Our respect for elders, mentors, leaders and constituted authority should not be taken for granted or misrepresented for being idle. The president should tender an unreserved apology and a public reversal of such statement within 7 days from today,” Abdulsalam said on behalf of the forum.
“Buhari’s administration lacks the moral right to call us names because the only thing that the government has in stock is to blame past regimes. This is despite the fact that over 80 per cent of the cabinet members were once part of that mismanagement,” the UNYF President said.
The forum also condemned the Buhari administration of shifting blame and taking the attention of the rest of the world from his administration by trying to hide his inadequacies, and blaming the youths in the face of insufficient budgetary provisions for education and health.
UNYF complained that both past and present administrations had failed to fix the power sector to boost production, despite the country’s huge population and vast resources. The UNYF president said “Mr. President should be ashamed of himself, his generation and administration for spending over $20 billion from 1999 till date on power, while the consumers continue to pay for darkness. No investors would spend in any nation as Nigeria, where there is no stable power supply. Where are the youths going to get the jobs from?”