Print media write what they like, says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has accused print media of publishing falsehood.

Buhari made this allegation in an interview he granted Voice of America, Hausa service, in Washington, United States on Tuesday when asked about his reported comment on Nigerian youths while in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Then, the President was quoted to have said that Nigerian youths were lazy.

But yesterday on Voice of America, Buhari, who made himself clear, claimed he was deliberately misquoted by the media and fired verbal bullet at the latter.

He said, “You know they say we are between 180 and 200 million people in Nigeria and 60 per cent are the youths below the age of 30.

“In the North for instance, most have not attended school or they abandoned halfway.

“If not because we had favourable rainfall in the past two seasons, most of them have no job, just idling away.

“People like them, even if they go to the South for instance, what they will make will not be enough to even pay their rent let alone feeding, clothing and transport back home.

“That has not been explained enough and you know the media, especially the print, are simply doing whatever they like.

“We had two successful farming seasons, people went to farm and did very well, but no one is talking about that; only insults.”

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