Atiku, IBB, once called Nigerian youths ‘Lazy’ – MURIC defends Buhari

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described the controversial statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari regarding some Nigerian youth as “apt, precise and succinct”.

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Buhari while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, said some Nigerian youths sit at home and do nothing.

The statement sparked a lot of controversy.

However, in a statement on Monday, MURIC’s Director, Ishaq Akintola said Buhari was not the first Nigerian leader to have described people as lazy.

According to him, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar; Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state; and ex-military president, Ibrahim Babangida had directed such statements at Nigerians.

The statement reads, “The problem with Nigerians is that they always run away from reality. Not known for verbosity, our president has hit the nail on the head,” the statement read.

“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) contends that the president’s description of the Nigerian situation regarding its youths was apt, precise and succinct. Many of our youths are lazy but we don’t want to admit it. Instead of commending this truthful leader, we started calling him names.

“Nigerians need to contextualise the president’s comment. We have seen many youths functioning as political thugs as the 2019 general elections approach. What of the ‘agberos’ or touts who have now spilled out of motor parks unto the streets and bus stops? What responsible work are they doing? Are they not youths?

“We have forgotten that Buhari is not the only leader who described Nigerians and the youth in particular in this manner. Governor Dickson in a media chat on 17th may, 2016 was alleged to have said, ‘Bayelsans are so lazy, they want everything free, they don’t want to work’.

“The 25th September 2017 edition of a northern-based newspaper also reportedly quoted Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as saying, “Northerners are lazy” while General Babangida (rtd) allegedly opined during a BBC Hausa service interview of 16th April, 2010, The Nigerian youth is useless, cannot lead.

“Senator Shehu Sani added flavour to this in December 2017 when he reportedly said ‘Northerners are lazy and unproductive’.”



  1. Abi now, i dnt knw y some pple now react to the word as if his lying and to me if you knw that u are nt a lazy youth u dnt need to talk.

  2. But the truth is northerns are only good with selling sugar cane and working as a gate man. U said youths serve as political thugs and alaye boys at the motor park and I ask, did the government create any job and the youths refused to take it up. Nonsense and ingredients

    • Really is not about there is no job, but even the current youth were not as working hard and tried to take short cut and make rich quick. When private people offered them employment, ask about the experience of their employer.
      Please let us stop being sentimental, and acknowledge the truth whenever is being said. Abundant opportunity were created by the government in some ways, but at the same time government should share in the blame for some of these things.

      The youth of nowadays were inpatient and have get rich quick attitude, please think about it? Truth should be told, working attitude of the Youth should be change and really WE HAVE SOME HARDWORKING AND DEDICATED YOUTH!

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