By Onumajuru Onyekachi Macsantos (Abia writers)
Edited by Livingrich Ezeikpe
The statement by the Nigerian president that the Nigerian youths are lazy people is rather ambiguous; by my interpretation, the statement describes him and his family. How can he call Nigerian youths who are struggling to make ends meet in an environment where nothing is fixed lazy? The economic development is in a state of comatose. There is no economic plan; the budget of the country is not a workable one. Is it not Muhammadu Buhari and his fellow politicians who have failed the youths that are lazy?

Muhammadu Buhari depicts more a feature of laziness if in the midst of all he has acquired as a man; he could not acquire sound academic qualification. What kind of laziness can be compared to a man who in his asset declaration forms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 has always maintained the number of his herd of cattle at 105 cows? If he cannot add one cow to his herd from 2003 to 2015, one wonders how Nigerians expect such lazy farmer to grow the economy. The fact that he has not been able to deliver on any of his campaign promises especially the one on security (since he has a military background) to put a stop to extremist activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria is a major pointer of his laziness in reality.

Muhammadu Buhari incessantly stressed that the Nigerian youths are expecting everything to be free, and are at the receiving end, but he declined to specify what has been free in Nigeria since his emergence as president of Nigeria. Maybe he was referring to his son Yusuf, who wrecked a power bike worth millions of Naira when he is not working, or his daughter who failed her law school exams three times. Maybe he was referring to his children who are schooling abroad on Nigerians’ lean resources.

He is the one enjoying freebies from the Nigerian state, last of which was his months and months in a UK hospital treating an undisclosed illness which claimed his miserable life.
If he was referring to the amnesty granted to some people by the past administration and feels it is not proper, then, he should come up with a befitting consolation and compensation for the harm done to the Coastal region of Biafra land. The oil spillage as a result of oil exploration in the region coupled with the subjugations and marginalization of the region is immense, yet the youths are seriously working very hard to survive despite all ills.

Buhari has lavished the taxpayer’s money in defending his questionable and inaccessible West African School Certificate. The money the president wasted in covering his fake certificate and illegalities will not advance the economic welfare of the citizens. This is worse considering that he can’t create jobs for the so-called lazy youths of Nigeria, rather he tours the countries of the world recycling political gossip of insulting his innocent hard working citizens.

In Biafra, we stand!

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