The Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has taken to twitter to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement concerning Nigerian youths.
Buhari had, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminister on Wednesday said: “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.”
However, Fayose disagreed with the president’s position, maintaining that Nigerian youths are intelligent and hardworking.
“Nigerian youths are hardworking, intelligent and enterprising,” he said.
“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.
“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?”