Former Vice President and Presidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakar has come to the defence of Nigerian youth.

This comes after they were described as lazy by President Muhammad Buhari.

Atiku posted his response to the President on Twitter on Thursday after reports emerged quoting president Buhari saying that “many Nigerian youths do not want to work and waiting for oil revenue to survive”.

But in his response, Atiku wrote, “I will never refer to Nigeria's youth as people who sit and do nothing. They are hardworking.

"I should know, I have thousands of youths working for me all over the country who have been the backbone to our success.

"I’ve always said oil is not Nigeria’s greatest asset. Our greatest asset is our youth who created Nollywood out of nothing and an entertainment industry that is second to none in Africa.

"Our youth are charting new frontiers; creating a huge tech industry on their own! Their entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and creative abilities are things of pride and should be applauded, encouraged and nurtured.”

President Buhari had told a Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday that many Nigerian youths are uneducated, not ready to work and dependent on revenue from oil to survive.

In his words: "We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 60% of the population is below the age of 30.

"A lot of them 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.”

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