The last is yet to be heard of President Muhammadu Buhari’s much-criticized comment on Nigerian youths in London as a former president of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, has distanced himself from the controversial statement about Nigerian youths’ purported sense of entitlement.
The Office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has denied making any public comments
in relation to a controversial statement by Nigerian President,
Muhammadu Buhari on his country’s youth.
In a statement issued Sunday, the Office of the former Ghanaian leader said
Mr. Rawlings has not commented in support of President Buhari as
has been reported widely on various media, especially in Nigeria.
stirred up a hornets’ nest, describing many Nigerian youths as lazy and always wanting
freebies at the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
He said, “About the economy, we have a very young population,
our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million.
This is a very conservative one.
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, health care, education free.”
His comments are still generating a public backlash and the
former Ghanaian leader does not want to be drawn into it.
Read the statement issued by the Communications Directorate of
Mr. Rawlinigs and signed Kobina Andoh Amoakwa:
April 22, 2018
FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS HAS MADE NO COMMENTS ON
PRESIDENT BUHARI STATEMENTS ON NIGERIAN YOUTH
The attention of the office of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana,
has been drawn to a post on various media,
especially in Nigeria, professing his support for comments made by
President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerian youth.
The office wishes to state that former President Rawlings has made no comment
whatsoever or issued a statement on the comments by President Buhari.
Any comments purportedly coming from Mr. Rawlings are false and a creation
of individuals who wish to use the former President of Ghana’s
name for their own political interests.
All official statements or comments by Flt Lt Rawlings can be found on his Twitter handle
@officeofJJR or his
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/President.J.J.Rawlings/