Buhari said a lot of Nigerian youths, not all, are lazy – Presidency

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammodu Buhari, has been under fire in the past 24 hours after he made a statement on Nigerian youth being lazy. However in a new development, the Presidency on Thursday explained that President was not referring to all the youth in the country.

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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina attributed the outrage that trailed the President’s comment to those he described as “manipulators and twisters” of Buhari’s statements.

He said:

“Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr. President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners.

“But elementary English recognises a wide gulf between ‘a lot of’ and the word ‘all.’ How can ‘a lot of them,’ suddenly transmogrify to mean ‘all of them?’ Mischievous and unconscionable!

“There is no way President Buhari, father of the Nigerian nation in every sense of the word, who equally has biological children of his own in the youths age bracket, pass a vote of no confidence on all youths.

“It can only exist in the imagination of those who play what the President has described as ‘irresponsible politics’ with everything.”

The presidential spokesman said Buhari had always applauded and celebrated Nigerian youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, from sports, to academia, and other realms.

He said the President would continue to do so, because he values the youth, and knows that they are the fulcrum on which the future of the country rests.

“Indeed, every country has its share of idle population, and it is the bounden duty of government at all levels, to create an enabling environment for them to actualise their potential. That is what President Buhari is committed to doing.



  1. @ Dupe, is nt covering anything that is what he said in the first place, dnt u read the comment b4. it is the hater that are trying to twist his word.

  2. Femi is teaching us English language a lot and all. Whether it is a lot or all why should a President of a country that should be a chief positive marketing officer of his country deride its youths. And Femi is defending it

  3. Lol
    Trying to change his earlier statement …whether a lot of or all ..laziness is laziness
    Femi is just doing his work..he already the statement was unprofessional.

  4. Pls a lot of our youths are very hard working, even the adjustment is still a huge slap on the face of our youths. It’s such a pity that a president of a country can make such remarks. It goes to show you how clueless he is. Such a shame.

  5. A President of a country belittling a large proportion of his citizens at an International forum is NOT A good ambassador or representative of his country! Mtchweeeeeeee.

  6. Many of those commenting on social media are worse. Imagine a child calling his father fool,his entire family has been portrayed as senseless. Youths of a nation who depends on free money,wanting white collar job with fake results they cannot defend or drinking through thr day and dreaming of better tomorrow cannot be called hardworking. Truth is bitter.

  7. Pls what’s difference btw ‘a lot’ & ‘all’. He is d head of #LazyNigeriayouths. issorite. we wil c u in 2019 by his grace

  8. Its really appalling that the so called respected journalist who are supposed to analyse speeches are the one twisting this one. Anyway what I know is Femi Adesina has failed this generation and the record will shock his children and children. His entire generation will feel it

  9. Mr Femi is just trying to protect his own interest in this case. Mr President shouldn’t have made that statement. Nigerians are only inferring from his statement. We need to show them that we are better than them. Please go get ur PVC and be ready to vote. #votethemout #ourmumudondo

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