The Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA) has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari following his remark in London that Nigerian youths are lazy.
The youths who said contrary to what Buhari said, Nigerian youth are hardworking and industrious
however declared that the President is totally out of point for making such remark.
Buhari in his remarks while speaking in London was quoted as saying that many Nigerian youth are lazy.
But, National Secretary of YYSA, Comrade Olawale Ajao in a statement on Friday in Ibadan,
the Oyo state capital while reacting to Buhari’s outburst lamented that it is unfortunate that,
“President Buhari is fond of giving a negative remark about Nigeria whenever he talks abroad.”
Ajao said, “Hardly is there any country which youths are as hardworking as Nigeria in the whole world.”
According to him, “It is on record that, in 2014, when the Nigerian Immigrations announced mass vacancy,
6.5 million people in all 37 states of Nigeria (including the FCT) stormed various recruitment
centres in the country for the 4000 vacant positions in the Nigeria Immigration Service.
At least 16 job seekers were confirmed dead, and several scores of people were injured.
“The major causes of death was due to overcrowding and stampede of the applicants.
Was President Buhari unaware of this?”.
Ajao added that, “Millions of Nigerian youths invest heavily in education after which they are
thrown into an oversaturated job market. Due to the fierce competition, ineffective labour
laws and other socio-economic problems, graduates are either underemployed or face
the risk of working more for less pay.”
“To show the willingness of our youth to work, many ladies are despirate to the
extent of offering themselves for adultery just because there are tired of being idle,
just as majority of applicants compromise certain percentage of their salaries to the facilitators
of the job”, he argued”.
Ajao said there are countless number of graduates trading in the market,
driving commercial vehicles in towns and doing all sorts of menial jobs for survival.
He concluded tha, “We (YYSA) want Mr President to tell us how many employment opportunities his
government has provided and how many Nigerians have turned down the job offers”.