President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Nigeria, after attending the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) in the UK.
The presidency earlier informed Nigerians via Twitter, that the president left London for Nigeria on Saturday morning, after meeting with British Prime minister, Theresa May, and other world leaders at CHOGM.
Buhari was welcomed by Abba Kyari, his chief of staff; Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation; and Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state.
While in the UK, the president, who address the Commonwealth Business Forum made a controversial remark regarding Nigerian youths, which has received intense backlash on and off social media.
“More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t 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, education free,” the president had said.
Femi Adesina, Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, said the remarks were twisted by mischief makers, who are trying to diminish the profile of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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,” Adesina had said in Buhari’s defense.
“But elementary English recognizes 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!”
The president also secured a $15 billion potential deal with Shell Petroleum.
“This morning, before I came here, I saw Shell Group. They came to see me, and they are preparing to invest $15 billion in Nigeria. Really, we are not doing too bad,” the president added.