2019 presidential aspirant, Fela Durotoye has reacted to a controversial statement by President Muhmmadu Buhari calling Nigerian youths lazy.
The President made the statement at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
He was quoted as saying:
“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.”
Reacting to the statement which has caused reactions and backlash, Durotoye in a statement on his social media page said real leaders created opportunities, believe in youths rather than blame them.
According to him, Buhari’s statement was enough reason why he should be voted out in 2019.
His statement read:
“TRUTH is if you don’t see the best in people, you cannot bring out the best in them.
“The Nigerian youth I know are born with wings, we just need real LEADERSHIP that believes in us to release us from this ‘CAGE’ and we will SOAR like eagles.
“Real leaders create opportunities for the young people and then encourage, enlighten & empower the young people to seize those opportunities.
“Sadly, more than 20million school-age children & youth are out of school every year but you can’t fail to put them in school & then blame them for not going to school.
“Real leaders ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY. Well, this is just another reason why you must GET YOUR PVC against all the obstacles they throw in your way.
“Get your PVC and in 2019, choose those who believe in you… End of discussion.”
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Buhari, Femi Adesina has however issued a statement saying that his boss’ words were deliberately twisted by mischief makers to fit their agenda.