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|Nigerian Youths Are Lazy: Open Letter To President Buhari by ATIKUAIR(f): 8:04am On Apr 19, 2018|
President Buhari has continued to fail at his primary assignment of being president which is to be the chief marketing officer of the country.
We Nigerian youths strongly condemn Buhari’s Westminster statement as we must remember that the same man we queued under the sun to vote for, walked across states to campaign for have turned around to shame us.
Mr President, your speech at Westminster on Wednesday, saying that a lot of the youth just want to sit down and do nothing, banking on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation is not first of its kind.
Few years ago in Germany, standing next to Angela Markel, agruably the most powerful woman in the world, you insulted Nigerian women, relegated their roles to the kitchen and the bedroom forgetting that 75% of small holder farmers are hardworking women who are involved in the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products. Disrespecting a lot of strong women who have sacrificed a lot for democracy we are enjoying today.
A similar faux happened in the UK where you described Nigerian youths as fantastically corrupt, Rather than defend the dignity of of Nigerian youths, Mr. president in your usual self righteousness decided to be humorous with our national pride. Today, in what we consider an incendiary statement to every hardworking Nigerian youth, Mr. president describing us as lazy and over entitled is unacceptable in all its ramifications.
Mr. president, your ancient and archaic economic policies led us to recession which it's after effect cost this country the loss of more than 10 million jobs in three years. Under your watch thousands of young and able Nigerians have died needlessly from insecurity. In 3 years of your government we can't mention any project you initiated and completed. In 3 years of your government there is no known program you have for the youths.
Under your government, fuel subsidy have jumped from ₦261 billion under corrupt GEJ to ₦1.4 trillion per annum under you Mr. Integrity even when the price of petrol has increased from ₦87 to ₦145 per liter. In 3 years you have not fulfilled any of your campaign promises, all you have done for the youths is to blame the past government which you are part of is appalling because at a very young age, you were Military Gov of the North Eastern State, Petroleum Minister, Head of State and later Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the Abacha administration, and under you as the Minister of Petroleum, N2.8 billion went missing from the accounts of the NNPC in Midlands Bank in the United Kingdom. N2.8 billion as at that time is like $2.8 billion (over N1 trillion) It is sickening and unbelievable that the same incompetent President is now blaming past government he was part of as sucking the country dry and even went ahead to release list of looters that was never convicted by any competent court except yourself because they are in opposition party as your only achievement in 3 years, yet you de-market hardworking Nigeria youths before the entire world
Mr President, let me remind you that Nigerian youths started Nollywood and Nigeria Music industry from the scratch without any government support even till date, that is why you hear the names of Wizkid, Omotala, Genevieve, Davido, 2face, Dbanji, Olamide, Flavour, Phyno etc, they are Nigerian youths who are internationally known for making it to the top from their hard work, unlike you that was fed and was taken care of by the government from when you were 19, You left Secondary School to join the Army. At 21, you were commissioned a second lieutenant and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta,! Where can our youths get such opportunity today?
Mr President, be guided that Nigerian youths are hardworking even when your government have no plans for us, knowing that we queued under the sun to vote for you, walked across states for you, Campaigned for you with the hope your policies will favour us, unknown to us you will turn around to shame us with lies and propaganda.
Nigerian youths demand an apology from you Mr president for this international embarrassment to our national pride, your betrayal to Nigerian youths simply confirmed you're an entitled parasite, knowing that all your life, you have lived off Nigeria and yet you dare to rubbish us whose chance of having a good life and enabling environment was destroyed by your government outdated policies. Kindly wait for us at the poll come 2019, for we will return the kind gesture by queuing under the sun, walking across the States and campaigning vigorously on the need why you should go back to Daura and rest.
Mr President, Nigeria is not a country lying in state as you paint us to be because we have vibrant and hardworking youth! Never again will a leader who don't care about our welfare lead us, never again will lies and propaganda be the hall mark of achievement, never again will Nigerian youths key into excuses for incompetency. Enough is enough
From a Patriotic Nigerian Youth
|Re: Nigerian Youths Are Lazy: Open Letter To President Buhari by prospero5(m): 8:12am On Apr 19, 2018|
buhari's message before he travelled was his intension to contest again. i suggest his welcome message should be that he rescinds his intension and save himself some embarrassment.
|Re: Nigerian Youths Are Lazy: Open Letter To President Buhari by just2simple: 2:51pm On Apr 24, 2018|
ATIKUAIR:A well said statement. But will Nigeria youth learn from their mistakes come 2019 election
|Re: Nigerian Youths Are Lazy: Open Letter To President Buhari by solreb: 6:48am On Apr 28, 2018|
*PMB AND THE MANIPULATED YOUTHS*
Its really unfortunate how things have been twisted out of context. The more i read on this matter of PMB statement on Nigerian youths the closer i move to the verdict of hopelessness on our ability to solve the pertinent problems we have as a country with the kind of politics we play. I have read opinions of people who don't even have a clue on the objective of the forum where PMB spoke and the context.
I watched and listened to the clip for the first time and I was thoroughly embarrassed that i have been involved in a needless debate without watching the video. I became even more sorry for our country. We have a huge population of easily manipulated people who can be told black is white and who will buy it simply because it trends on social media.
In the first place, that was a forum to talk about investment in your country Nigeria. Mr President simply played the role of the Chief Marketing Officer. Whether in foreign or local investment solicitation, the first thing that investors check out is your understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the company, the business or the market. After watching the video clip, I was particularly impressed that PMB, in a very short statement, addressed the strength of Nigeria, it's weaknesses and also made effort to allay fears and to assure that the weaknesses are being addressed.
He mentioned the 180million population and emphasised a few times that it's even a conservative estimate. That is to tell investors that here's a huge market I'm presenting to you. Not only that, he directed attention to the fact that it's a youthful population and the implication of this is that Nigeria is a market you can have 30 years outlook on and project for as long. He deliberately mentioned age 30 and below and the implication of this is that even the oldest in that bracket has as least 30 years of productivity ahead. For discerning investors, even if it is 30% of this 180million that is of good quality and productive, that figure is likely to be more than 3 average countries in population or 3 markets as some may like to put it. You also have a long duration to correct the weaknesses. Within 30 years, the more of that population that becomes productive the better for investment. It's therefore a delight for investors any day despite its challenges.
Of course he did not have a choice but to state the apparent weaknesses of the country some of which have been published by many international organisations and which many of us know to be a fact. We have read everywhere about the number of children out of school, the number of youths that are either unemployed or unemployable. We have read about the agitations in the Niger Delta and amnesty program. We have read about people breaking pipelines. They are not new discoveries by investors who would have done their due diligence and had access to independent reports. PMB only told investors that we have a young population with entitlement mentality. Stating it as it is was meant to earn trust as someone investors can work with to solve the problems in the interest of their investment. Trust is key here and i think PMB earned it more at that forum. He was not out to please Nigerians. That was not a forum for it.
One key thing that investors look out for is the sincerity, integrity and credibility of the CEO, leader or head of state. I have seen potential investments withdrawn simply because the investors did not trust the CEO or find him insincere on the situation of the company. In the most difficult period of a bank i attracted as much as $200m in foreign investment. It was simple. We owned up to the problems and had a clear cut and practical strategy towards solving them and a key part in that strategy was the foreign investment which if brought in could give investors capital gain in excess of 50% within 5 years all things being equal. The CEO was not so comfortable that we should disclose but trusted my judgement. It would have done Nigeria a great harm if Mr President did shy away from our apparent weaknesses. He was however quick to mention that it is being addressed and said something about the Minister of Education being asked questions on it in the past and that there's improvement from the past. He also tried to play it down by linking it to the country being oil producing so that it's not seen as cultural and therefore can be corrected. The flip side of this disclosure is that even the investors could help attract donor funds towards addressing those weaknesses of many youths poorly educated, unemployable and with wrong orientation.
To reduce the effect of those weaknesses in the psyche of some and present even a stronger case, PMB mentioned that Shell is investing $15billion in that same market that has these weaknesses. $15billion is not small investment even in the US. Shell is also not a frivolous investor. They have stringent investment criteria and detailed due process. Many investors use them as investment compass. It was a masterpiece from PMB.
Let me also point out that investors are not looking for the garden of Eden where everything is bliss to invest in. They know that markets and businesses will always have challenges. What they are looking for is the business owner's understanding and appreciation of the problems, accept responsibility for them and to be assured that something is being done to address them and that the problems are getting the top hierarchy's attention. In a very short marketing speach PMB was able to achieve all these.
The normal thing I'm used to is for people to look for the meaning of a complex word. It's rare for people to put a sentence together and look for a word to replace it. No where in that video did Mr President mention the word lazy. And I'm sure many of the people condemning PMB are too "lazy" to look for the video, play and watch. Most people relied on the decision of the mob. Unfortunately, irresponsible and destructive politics has made many to lose their sense of objectivity. What should be applauded is being condemned. Mediocrity is the new smart in Nigeria. Even issues that are technical every Nigerian is an expert on it. The bandwagon and mob effect dominate our environment because many are too "lazy" to use their brains and double check on anything. We keep making mockery of ourselves. We created hashtag and posters for something needless. We tell the world that Mr President should have lied or should have been economical with the truth and they in turn see us as a deceptive people which is even worse than a lazy youthful population that we condemn the president for saying. So, when our youths get to their embassies and they doubt every single one of their claims we wonder and complain.
May God save Nigeria.
*This is just AA thinking differently about the issues that come up in Nigeria.*
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