Emerging report indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari has left London for Abuja, on Saturday, after attending the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting, CHOGM.
Recall, that Buhari left Abuja on Monday, April 9, to for an official visit to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, as both Leaders discussed Nigeria-British relations.
He also participated at the CHOGM, held from Wednesday, April 18, to Friday, April 20.
Buhari, however, suffered a public relations disaster while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum, in London.
While answering a question on what policies his government has put in place to engage young people in the turbulent North-East region, Buhari literally suggested that Nigerian youths were a lazy bunch, waiting for government’s handouts.
His words: “A lot of Nigerian youths have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free.”
The comments have since sparked massive outrage on both the print and social media, as many Nigerians have accused the President of de-marketing the country.
Since the comment was made, a hashtag on micro-blogging site, Twitter (#LazyNigerianYouth) has been trending, with young Nigerians showing off what they do to make a living, in disagreement with their Leader’s thoughts.
The President’s Spokespersons, Femi Adesina, however, insisted that President Buhari was quoted out of context.
The backlash as a result of the comment is yet to die down, as the President arrives Abuja to a rather hostile young population at the moment.