We knew it was only a matter of time before the Presidency came out with some sort of explanation for President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial statement about Nigerian youths being lazy.
The explanation came fast enough with the Presidency, on Thursday, claiming President Buhari’s statement was referring to only a few Nigerian youths as lazy, not all.
President Buhari’s statement was made on Wednesday during the question and answer section of the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.
The Presidency explained that President Buhari only made reference to “a lot of” Nigerian youths and not all of them.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists.
Adesina attributed the outrage that trailed the President’s comment to those he described as “manipulators and twisters” of Buhari’s statements.
He said, “Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr. President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners.
“But elementary English recognises a wide gulf between ‘a lot of’ and the word ‘all.’ How can ‘a lot of them,’ suddenly transmogrify to mean ‘all of them?’ Mischievous and unconscionable!