The Presidency has described as mischievous and unconscionable, reports quoting President Muhammadu Buhari as saying all Nigerian youths are lazy.
Presidential spokesman Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement Thursday, clarified that Buhari, while responding to a question at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday, said a lot of Nigerian youths, not all, have not gone to school but want to get everything.
Adesina said in responding to a question, Buhari talked about some Nigerian youths thus: "We have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million.
"More than 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free."
Adesina said typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of Buhari's statements "who lie in wait to make mischief" interpreted the comment to mean that the president had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners. But elementary English recognizes a wide gulf between "a lot of" and the word "all."
The presidential spokesman quizzed: "How can 'a lot of them' suddenly transmogrify to mean 'all of them? Mischievous and unconscionable!