By Lawrence Audu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over what it described as “a false, derogatory and unpatriotic comment”, stating that Nigerian youths, by their demonstrated industry, cannot in any way be described by anybody as lazy.
The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan said,
“Nigerians find it extremely shocking that President Buhari could make such a false, derogatory and unpatriotic comment against our citizens at a time the nation was looking up to him to properly present our potentials to the global business community.
“It is alarming that at every international event, the President makes it a favorite past time to de-market, paint and denigrate our dear nation and her citizens in very negative light, an indication that he has stopped believing in Nigeria.
Mr. President’s latest salvo is totally unacceptable and must be condemned by all right-thinking people to avoid further verbal assault against our country, particularly at international fora.
“How can President Buhari describe Nigerian youths as lazy, when they have proven, without doubt, to be one of the most industrious sets of individuals across the world?” He added.
Ologbondiyan said the President’s administration has neither in its three years of governance, contributed anything towards providing opportunities for the teaming youths nor initiated or implemented any development project or set up any industry to provide jobs for our aspiring youths.
“Here is a President under whose watch, factories and businesses have shut down resulting in over 24 million job losses and under whom no meaningful foreign direct investment has been attracted to the country.
“This is a President who daily watches Nigerian youths sweating on menial jobs under very strenuous conditions on the streets of Abuja, Jos, Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Bauchi, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Onitsha and other major cities, yet he unsympathetically described them as lazy.” He added.
Ologbondiyan cited examples of Nigerians who, upon being afforded the right opportunities in other countries of the world, are known to have excelled in various fields of endeavour.
“Nigerians can now see that when the PDP accused President Buhari of de-marketing our nation, we were not playing politics. It is however saddening that after de-marketing his own generation, President Buhari is set to destroy the future of younger Nigerians.
“We ask, now that President Buhari has gone ahead to denigrate our youths, who form the bulk of our workforce, as lazy and lovers of freebies, how can he expect any foreign investor to bring in investment into our country?”
The PDP expressed worries that, the same young persons who form the highest demography of voters that put their confidence in him in 2015 are receiving the short end of the stick from the President.
“Our final take is that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have done enough harm to our dear nation and there are no signs that they will change their stance. Nigerians, especially the youths, must therefore spare no thoughts in their resolve to vote them out in 2019.” He concluded.