Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of failing Nigerian youths through its inability to address the challenges in the country.
Baba-Ahmed while reacting to Buhariâ€™s statement regarding N youths at the ongoing meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom, described the comments as unfortunate.
Buhari was quoted on Wednesday as saying, â€œmore than 60 per cent of population is below 30, a lot of them havenâ€™t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country. Therefore, they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare, education free.â€
In a statement issued thursday, Baba-Ahmed said the comments portend a lot of negative consequences for Nigeriaâ€™s young people, who seek to forge ahead in different fields of endeavour.
He faulted Buhari for the continued deterioration in the education sector.
â€œNigerian youths have remained victims of the poor management of Nigerian universities and corruption, which the President Buhari Government has failed to address. Such comments have a negative impact on the employability of the youth, and would create more difficulties as they seek admission into foreign institutions for study,â€ Baba-Ahmed said.