The outgoing deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank has said that he will contest for the National chairman of the party during May 14 national convention.
He also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Nigerian youths over his comment that the country’s young population are lazy.
“I like to inform Mr. President that if I’m given opportunity to serve within the rank of APC as National Chairman, I have capacity to do better that the current National Chairman.
“This is one of the reasons I have offered myself to serve my country in this capacity for now. I will, hereby solicit for your support by giving the youth opportunity to serve,” Frank declared in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday.
Buhari had while addressing the forum in Westminster on Wednesday, was quoted saying, “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 Bayelsa-born politician, who frowned at the President’s comment said no fewer than 60 per cent of the Nigerian youths voted him in 2015, adding that more than 20 young Nigerians lost their lives in 2014 in search for employment in Nigerian Immigration Service.
He said, “If Nigerian youths are lazy, you won’t find them allover the world seeking for greener pastures. Again, we have so many Nigerian young entrepreneurs who are doing well all over without support from the government.
“So, I disagree with Mr. President on this particular comment. Nigerian youths are hardworking, we have best brains in entertainment industry, Sports, Medical, to mention but a few, and I think they deserve an apology.”
He, however, urged Mr President to stop demarketing Nigerian youths at an international event like Commonwealth Business Forum.