Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for some days, first to savour familiar surroundings without seeing a doctor, then to meet with British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and oh, also speak at a Commonwealth gathering.
All is well and good really, but what is a day in, outside of and/or about Nigeria without a teaspoonful of drama to the cup of theatrics Nigerians live through? That day is yet to come.
And so it was, after Cee-C’s tantrums and Ovie Omo-Agege’s shenanigans that led to the Mace being evicted from the Big Bro… sorry, the Senate, Buhari just had to state to the Commonwealth – in case they were not aware – that the youth in Nigeria are a cluster of lazy people. He actually said we ‘don’t want to do anything’.
Time and again, the question has been asked about whether President Buhari has a media/public relations team and if he does (he does, just to be clear), what exactly are they doing if their oga always ends up spewing the kind of Visionscape trash he always does?
It’s so convenient that Buhari would imply you and I (and your children and wards) are a lazy bunch when the 2018 budget has still not been passed almost a month into the year’s second quarter.
Putting it into perspective, Nigerians’ favourite bank to bash, GTBank, has already posted a N52.6 billion profit for the first quarter ending March 2018. Meanwhile, dear Nigeria’s still seated in the Senate lobby, waiting for the budget to receive the ayes of our overpaid and never-owed senators four months into the year.
Buhari chose to call the Nigerian youth lazy; that is, people among whom the least of them’s job is hunting for an actual job while running a side hustle as a tailor (sorry, fashion designer/stylist), gadget seller, shoemaker, event/wedding planner, waka-pass actor, and everyone’s new favourite side hustle, professional MUA.
He said the Nigerian youth are lazy when his government can barely lift a finger in the fight against corruption? Buhari really said we are lazy when his government is the one taking the lazy way out by paying oil subsidies in trillions of naira instead of spending ‘mere’ billions to simply get the refineries working at optimum capacity?
Daddy BuBu, who was told by the world’s richest person (forget that Jeff Bezos guy, Bill Gates remains everybody’s sugar daddy) that Nigeria must develop her education sector or suffer the consequences, is out there in the abroad calling the Nigerian youth lazy! Wawwu!
Maybe if the education sector was not so rotten to the point of a professor and other lecturers being filmed or recorded scheduling sex days in exchange for A grades, he wouldn’t have the urge to believe the Nigerian youth are lazy. Because as an idle (read: lazy) mind is the devil’s workshop, it is only an idle lecturer that would be demanding sex in exchange for good grades.
Alas, it is the Nigerian youth, majority of who aggressively campaigned and voted for him in the hope of “Change” back in 2015 and sent the man who previously had no shoes all the way back to Otueke, who are lazy people. That’s fine.
2019 is coming. God help the Nigerian youth if they prove his statement of their laziness right and allow him return to Aso Rock next May to finally run the country down in the four years that follow.
May laziness not kill us in this country, amen?