👤 By: Adenike Lucas
A former Governor of Cross Rivers has responded to a controversial remark made by President Buhari at a Commonwealth Business Forum in London.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who appeared on a panel with world leaders at the event on Wednesday, had argued that a lot of Nigerians do nothing, and want everything for free.
He said: “More than 60 per cent 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.”
Critics have lambasted the President who has spent more than 100 days in London in 2017.
Reno Omokri said President Buhari’s statement were a better description of the President’s own attitude.
President Buhari “sits and does nothing at Aso Rock,” he wrote.
“He gets free housing at the Presidential Villa. He spends 103 days in London and we pay for it! Joblessness makes him talk anyhow!”
President Buhari, 75, defeated an incumbent President – the first time in Nigerian history – with the support of the Nigerian youths.
He hopes to win a second term in 2019, but many believe that he has lost a lot of goodwill, because has has not been able to deliver on promise to kill corruption or to even secure the country.
The president, who sold himself as a man of integrity, is not transparent about his spending while in office.
Donald Duke, a strong contender in the February election while reacting to President Buhari recent gaffe, said: “looking at PMB’s asset declaration, it is evident who sits down and does nothing.”