The Personal Assistant to President Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has described many Nigerian youths as ignorant, timid and negatively influenced by corrupt leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Onochie stated this on Tuesday, October 31st, at the 2nd Annual International Conference of the Progressive Solidarity Forum PSF in Abuja, with the theme “Focusing on institutions: A panacea for sustainable development.”
According to the presidential aide, more than 50 percent of PDP members were in the Buhari government serving in the presidency, the judiciary, National Assembly and law enforcement agencies and have become a bad influence to the government.
She alleged that these PDP members are bad influence to youths in the country and have succeeded in making the timid and ignorant youths the organs of transmitting hate speeches, and raining down abusive words and insults on the policies of this government to discredit its work against corruption. Her words:
“People will say how do I cope with all the abuses, curses and excitement of the social media. Many of our youths do not understand what they are doing, they have never known freedom so we raise young people who are ignorant, who are timid and afraid of challenges and when their rights are trampled on they are afraid of challenging it.
“That brings me to those in this government who are here to serve themselves, those that colonel Hameed Ali, the Controller General of Customs called PDP. He said that there are about 50 per cent of them in this government but I say no they are more than 50 per cent.
“They are everywhere; they are in the presidency, they are in the national assembly, you can find them in the judiciary, they are in the law enforcement agencies, they serve their personal interests, they encourage our unsuspecting youths to be their foot soldiers on the social media to abuse and curse people while their own children are sipping tea in America, in England or elsewhere. They are a bad example to our youngsters on social media.”
Onochie lamented that Nigerian youths were being mentored in a corrupt system over ran by strong taste to acquire luxurious and ostentatious goods, houses, and accumulation of stolen cash, noted that the teeming population of youths in the country were in need of good models. She told Nigerians to join hands with President Buhari to win the war against corruption and indiscipline.
“Laws are meant to follow the smell of crime. If crimes are being committed and these laws are not following them then it means that somebody is not doing their job. Those who are in charge of enforcing the laws, many of them are not doing their jobs.
“The Inspector General of Police is just one man just as President Buhari is just one man, the onus lies on each and every one of us to come together to challenge corruption where we find it. We need to say no to corruption and indiscipline. Corruption is everywhere, it stinks and unless we all begin to fight it and join the President to fight it, corruption will kill this nation,” she said.