The Nigerian head of state, who recently announced his intention to seek a second term in 2019, spoke Wednesday at a Commonwealth business forum in London. “Many of them have not gone to school, and yet they believe . . . that since Nigeria is an oil-producing country, they can sit and do nothing and yet still have access to housing, health care, and free education, “he said.
His remarks triggered the ire of Nigerians on social media. Nigeria is a country hit especially hard by poverty and a lack of basic public services, such as running water and electricity, although it remains the strongest economy in West Africa.
On Thursday morning, the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouths was trending on Twitter, with netizens listing the efforts and sacrifices made by the youth of Nigeria as the country struggles economically.