By Onozure Dania
WARRI — A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Deputy Leader of Warri South-West Legislative Arm, Delta State, Mr. Thomas Emami, has hit back at critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the President’s comment on Nigerian youths is a fact “that was politically twisted and embraced by lazy people.”
Emami said: “President Buhari’s comment states inter-alia that more than 60 percent of the population is below the age of 30.
“A lot of them have not 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 and education free;
“It does not in any way imply that most Nigerian youths are lazy, but living under illusion, whereas some of the biggest economies in the world such as Germany and the Asian tigers are not producers of crude oil.”
The former lawmaker, who noted that despite ex-Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s advocacy of Delta-beyond-oil in the past, some youths in the Niger Delta indulge in illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism, which result in degradation of the environment “because of the belief in quick wealth, instead of investing their time in creative ventures.”
On the National Assembly, Emami noted that the Senate has no right to suspend Ovie Omo-Agege as alluded to by a lawyer, “especially against the backdrop of pending court decision.”