By; EDEM DARLINGTON, Calabar
Reactions have continued to trail the recent comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerian youths are lazy.
The latest coming from Prince Edward Osim, who is married to former president Goodluck Jonathan’s daughter.
He bared his mind when he visited the secretariat of the Association of Cross River Online Journalist (ACROJ) in Calabar.
According to him the president’s comment was unfortunate and would have been pardoned if it was not made outside the country.
He said as a youth he danced, sold wrist watches and did other odd jobs to survive while studying in the university.
“A man would not come and tell me that I am lazy. I have seen young people who are creating dimensions for themselves”.
He maintained that he has also seen many other hardworking Nigerians, and such he will not align with the President’s comment.
“There are issues that I would not join. But I am proud to say that Cross Riverians, Nigerians, we the blacks are hardworking people. We have not been given the right environment to function. But we have created something out of that environment”
Mr. Edward Osim who is also a special adviser, youth affairs to governor Ben Ayade called on the president to apologies to Nigerian youths over the statement.
“We are doing well. Mr President, the Youths of Nigeria deserve an apology from you.” he said
While describing the efforts of online media practitioners in the state as “accurate” Mr. Osim said, he was looking forward to partnering the association in the future.
It would be recalled that during a business forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), recently in London. President Buhari while reacting to a question about how he intends to address the huge youth unemployment in Nigeria, 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 for free.”
The president’s statement was received with very harsh reactions, especially among young Nigerians.