President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday told the Commonwealth Business Forum that many Nigerian youths are uneducated and just want to sit down doing nothing; banking on the notion that Nigerian is an oil-rich nation.
Speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, the president said that Nigeria has a very young population, most of whom were uneducated but wanted everything offered them on a silver platter.
He 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.
“More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free.”
The president added that he has done well on the three cardinal points of his campaign, including economy and security.
“Recently, my minister for information was constrained to answer a question on people accusing this administration of doing nothing, he said ‘let Nigerians be reminded what position we were before May 2015, what condition we are now, and what we have achieved between then and now and I think people were impressed with the answer.
“For security, we have done quite well. Economy, we are doing very well, especially with agriculture; we are providing soft loans, and guarantee is that you have to belong to a certain locality and you have got land, you don’t have to go to the bank and need a physical collateral. I think a lot is being done.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari hosted the CEO of Shell, Mr Ben van Beurden and a delegation of executives, with the Managing Director of NNPC and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu in attendance.
The president is expected to meet with business leaders and other heads of state as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting progress through the week.
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