After President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment at the Commonwealth Business Forum on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Westminster, London, suggesting that many Nigerian youths are lazy and expect freebies, many young Nigerians and their allies have reacted angrily, castigating the president for what some have described as a careless and insensitive remark.
— Dr. Aminu Gamawa (@aminugamawa) April 19, 2018
Below is our pick of the top 30 replies from Nigerians to their president, who has made it the hallmark of his presidency to cast Nigeria and Nigerians in bad light when he is abroad.
"Nigerian youths are indeed LAZY.
All they do is:
RIDE EXPENSIVE POWER BIKES, get INJURED, and get FLOWN ABROAD
by their LOUSY PARENTS."#LazyNigerianYouths
— ?GraceDefined? (@its_MaLady) April 20, 2018
These are the “hardworking”, educated & employed Nigerians.
— #ToRussiaWithCoke ✈️ (@badgalmaddie_) April 20, 2018
Me in 2017.
A hard working Nigerian youth running for Governor, rejected all the money offered to me by various parties to step down, toured all nooks and crannies of Anambra State determined to secure a better future for the people.
We are not lazy!#LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/UzbyFVgYEK
— Yul Edochie (@YulEdochie) April 20, 2018
I grind day and night to make 3D animations in a country like naija where you have zero support from the government on your dreams. I'm proud to make it work without the government support #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/gNwLG4VkvQ
— Gbenga E Ajetomobi (@HBd_Animations) April 20, 2018
MSc International Business (with Distinction) + Led Class of 76
PhD in Strategic Management from top 5 UK Businss School
Passionate Nigerian and Pan-African
— Dr. Dípò | The Career? (@OgbeniDipo) April 20, 2018
Dear @MBuhari I am a lawyer but I have a small spot where I sell shawarma, burgers, smoothies, chicken wings e.t.c. in gwarinpa Abuja. I am not lazy atall. It is you who came into power to go for vacation for 103 days that is very lazy. #LazyNigerianYouths #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/9qWX2KhRcE
— Kinsy_shawarma. (@Mz_kayyy) April 20, 2018
Both our founders are under 23 years of age and still have a cumulative of over 5 years of experience in T-shirt printing.
— Wii CREATE (@wiicreate) April 20, 2018
Some yrs ago, he was in Law Sch with PMB's daughter. He passed his Bar final & she failed! Today, he struggling as a Lawyer who works hard to survive & HALIMA BUHARI who failed d Bar exams at 3 attempts, now drives d most exotic cars around Abj on our bills #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/Ki9K7qWiaj
— BOLANLE. DEJI ADEYANJU Esq. ???? (@bolanle_cole) April 20, 2018
— Sensei-tional (@GirlishLava) April 20, 2018
It seems that Buhari has managed to confuse me as well.
How is the answer he gave related to the question he was asked?
— The Jonathanian (@The_Jonathanian) April 20, 2018
I'm a teacher in 3 different places. I also sell cars , I don't do anything illegal. I work round the clock.
I am a Nigerian youth.
I am a superwoman.
I am not lazy.#LazyNigerianYouths
— P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S (@OneBabeLikeThat) April 19, 2018
– BSc. Economics (NYU)
– MBA (Robert Gordon, UK)
– MSc Business Psychology (Leeds)
– PhD Psychology (Birmingham)
– Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs, London
– Future proprietor of an all-girls school in Nigeria
– 28 years old.
— ₩onder₩oman ● (@NonyeBiko) April 20, 2018
Buhari's son is unemployed but Drives an N80M Bike.
Most Nigerian Youths are not so lucky enough to be Multi Millionaires with no Job/Business?
— KinG NomSo? (@ani_nomso) April 19, 2018
President Buhari doing what he knows how to do best.. Disgracing Nigerians since the days of John The Baptist.
This is what you get when you elect someone with a NEPA bill certificate. A mistake that needs to be corrected.
We are not #LazyNigerianYouths
— Elvis Tunde ⚓ (@Tunnyking) April 19, 2018
To think his son was treated abroad with "lazy" taxpayer's money after crashing his bike bought with "lazy" taxpayer's money. This thing dey pain me. #LazyNigerianYouths
— Arinze. (@Cardinal4400) April 19, 2018
— Evans' Heart? (@EvAnSJeNs) April 19, 2018
— X (@Thexzaminer) April 21, 2018
I refuse to be tagged a lazy person, I studied biomedical technology… since unemployment is the of the day, this is my hustle, I have been able to create employment for a few others, yet they say we are lazy #LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/MFRuHCsECF
— Jennifer Mukoro (@mashondabills1) April 20, 2018
— eniolar_ THA GOAT? (@Omofela_) April 19, 2018
#LazyNigerianYouths Buhari ended PRESSID scholarship. It was based on merit. You all applauded. You all chose N-Power that pays you N5k for doing nothing over You-Win, that gives you a grant for ideas, talents, etc. Buhari is right. Most of you are intellectually lazy.
— Wildcherry (@GwSwaggernaut) April 21, 2018
— Nwa Mbaka (@nwa_mbaka) April 20, 2018
— Nebeolise chikeluba (@Gabrielino007) April 21, 2018
I wrote 18,789 words for my Bsc project in 2007.
I wrote 26,234 words for my Msc dissertation in 2010.
16,563 words for my LLB project this year.
Finally, I tweet daily on the average of 2000 words.
You can see I'm not lazy!
He is the lazy bone.
— BOLANLE. DEJI ADEYANJU Esq. ???? (@bolanle_cole) April 20, 2018
— ?Mirror? (@Ink_her) April 21, 2018
Meet Abdulrahim from Unguwan Dosa Kaduna; the disabled man has chosen to work hard with one leg just to earn a living, where others will see an opportunity to beg.
These are the kind of people that needed our help most.
— TRENDS OF NIGERIA (@TrendsOfNigeria) April 20, 2018
Trump says we're stealing their jobs, Buhari says we're lazy LOL. #LazyNigerianYouths
— Portrait Artist (@badt_BOI_) April 20, 2018
Heavy rain and I see Nigerian youths already hurrying to work. Some are drenched in the rain just to make a living and all our President could say is that we're lazy. That's a big slap on our faces. #LazyNigerianYouths
— Get a JOB here. Follow bk (@Great_blogging) April 20, 2018
Dear @MBuhari , TGIF sir.
I’m a #LazyNigerianYouths . I believe you’re still owing me the N5000 monthly you promised during your campaign in 2015 which has accumulated to about N135,000.
I’ll drop my account details under this tweet, please send my money let me turn up tonight.
— Rebel???? (@k4yod3_) April 20, 2018
You're a lazy 'Nigerian Youth'
— Iam_Temitorpe (@Iam_Temitorpe) April 22, 2018
— Abisola Isaiah ODEBODE (@abisolaodebode) April 20, 2018
And two bonus tweets from politicians:
I will never refer to Nigeria's youth as people who sit and do nothing. They are hardworking. I should know, I have thousands of youths working for me all over the country who have been the backbone to our success.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) April 19, 2018
Whoever says Nigerian youths are lazy should just buy a mirror and he or she will see the real definition of laziness! I have over 1000 Nigerian youths in my employ and not one of them is lazy.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) April 18, 2018
— JAJA ?? (@jaja_xcv) April 20, 2018