SHEHU Sani, Senator representing Kaduna Central, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to apologize over his remarks about Nigerian Youths.
answering a question at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on
Wednesday, President Buhari had cause to talk about Nigerian youths.
Buhari had described the youths as illiterates who are lazy and want
freebies with the notion that the nation is an oil producing country.
had said: “We have a very young population; our population is estimated
conservatively to be 180 million. More than 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,
therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and
His comments sparked reactions from the country’s young population who lambasted the president over his comments on them.
Buhari, the Presidency blamed those it called ‘statement twisters‘ as
those who manipulated the president’s comments about the youths.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina,
in a statement denied the president disparaged Nigerian youths, adding
that, “Elementary English recognizes a wide gulf between “a lot of” and
the word “all.”
Adesina asked, “How can “a lot of them,” suddenly transmogrify to mean “all of them?”
reacting, Sani described Adesina’s statement as absurd, noting that,
“The President spin doctors are trying to spray fragrances on the feces
and lace the dung with olive oil.”
The lawmaker advised Mr Buhari to withdraw and tender an apology to the country’s young population.
President should simply withdraw the statement on the youths and
apologize; and tell them what he will do for them in addition to what he
had done for them,” Sani said.
He said if the president
apologizes, he should be forgiven because he is a Human. Sani challenged
the youths to pick the baton and lead and stop holding the Alsatian
Dogs of the political elite.
“The President is a human being, he can gaffe and should be forgiven and should not be sent to the political guillotine.
“The President echos the perception of the bourgeoisie power elites,the youths must rise against it.”
Adesina’s statement has also draw wide condemnation from the young people of the country.
remarks of the presidential aide did not go down well with a Human
Rights Activist, Inibehe Effiong, prompting him to describe the attempt
by Adesina to defend his principal as ‘imbecilic.’
Effiong, 29, a
legal practitioner who resides in Lagos said the President remarks
about Nigerian youths amounts to irresponsible assertion of deficit in
governance skills while describing him as one who has no integrity.