President Muhammadu Buhari at a Commonwealth summit last week called Nigerian youths lazy.
He said many Nigerian youths sit down and do nothing, yet expect to get everything free because “their country is an oil producing nation.”
TheCable had reported the story and shortly after, there was a massive backlash on social media — and the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouth started trending.
Following that speech, the hashtag “Lazy Nigerian Youth” trended on social media.
The hashtag recorded hundreds of thousands of tweets and millions of expressions in less than a week.
This incurred the wrath of the youths who took to social media to say they are not lazy but are actively involved in making a living for themselves.
Some celebrities also came out to refute the claim of the President. The President obviously did not anticipate the backlash.
The youth seized the opportunity to showcase to the world the ingenuity of their trade and expertise as Nigerians.
Comedians, musicians, and artists were not left behind. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the musical prophet, was brought back to life to join on this trend.
The latest now is the creation of a Wikipedia page tagged: “Lazy Nigerian Youths”. Wikipedia described it as a social media outrage by Nigerian youth.
Read the Wikipedia post below, images included:
“The Lazy Nigerian Youths (Also known as “#LazyNigerianYouth” or simply “#LazyYouth”) is a social media revolt by Nigerian youths against their President, Muhammadu Buhari.”