A Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has expressed his reservations about President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech where he described Nigerian youths as being lazy.
He rather said that the Nigerian youths were hardworking and among the best in the world.
Obi, who was at the 10th Anniversary celebration of Nnamdi Azikiwe radio station, UNIZIK 94.1FM, regretted that the performance of the youths was impeded by the misrule of past governments.
He dismissed the impression of the scarcity of jobs as defeatist, saying the first job before the youths were voting out bad governance.
“Unemployment is as a result of accumulated bad leadership. There are jobs out there for you and the first job is to ensure good governance. That you can achieve by voicing out your opinion on national issues and questioning what is happening,” he said.
He regretted the accumulated debt being owed by the country which he put to the tune of $70billion, saying that Nigeria would be in risk situation by 2025 if the ugly trend persisted.
“It is unfortunate that a nation like China which was at par with Nigeria has so much outgrown her, with her GDP rising from $10.5b to $3trillion.”
The former governor referred to Nigeria as a failed state, with over 10million out of school children and 15m unemployed youths.
He, however, expressed hope that the nation can bounce back if the youths were provided the enabling environment to showcase their talents.
Earlier, the Zonal Director, National broadcasting commission, Mrs. Susan Obi, commended the management of the station for being objective in their reportage.
She said NBS had never had any cause to sanction the station for any violations as it had always complied with regulations since its establishment.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku who was also at the ocassion said the station had kept faith with the paradigms in the area of community broadcasting.
“Within ten years of coming on air, a period during which the station should ordinarily be struggling to find its feet, it leaped into prominence rising head and shoulders above its peers.
“It has attracted and retained vast listenership, especially among the youths, across many states, through the quality of its programmes in informing, educating and entertaining as veritable tool of mass communication,” he said.
The Director of the station, Prof. Stella Okunna was full of appreciation to the guests and the School authority for being supportive to the project, pledging to continue to project the goal of its establishment.