President Buhari on Wednesday was alleged to have mentioned that most Nigerian youths like free things based on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation.
According The Cable, President Buhari made this assertion while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster.
The president said that Nigeria has a very young population, most of whom were uneducated but wanted everything offered them on a silver platter, just because the country is an oil-producing nation.
“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 free,” Buhari said.
The president is expected to meet with business leaders and other heads of state as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting progress through the week.
Meanwhile, President Buhari hosted the CEO of Shell, Mr Ben van Beurden and a delegation of executives. The Managing Director of NNPC and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.
President Buhari, who had earlier scored himself a pass mark, mentioned that his administration has not done badly at all.
The President in a statement through his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, had made the statement while receiving some members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation.
According to him, amidst the growing allegation of non-performance and considering the condition in which his administration met the country, allegedly without savings and the economy vandalised, “we have not done too badly.”
President Buhari is seeking a second term in office and this has been of concern to some Nigerians who are of the belief that the President does not deserve a second term.