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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that most youths from the northern part of the country are either uneducated or school dropouts .
He also said God would judge past leaders who misgoverned the country .
Buhari said because Nigerian media only do what they like , they refused to highlight the explanations in his recent statement in which he was widely quoted as describing a lot of Nigerian youths as lazy .
The President said this in an interview he had with the Voice of America , Hausa service , in Washington, United States on Tuesday .
When asked about his reported comment on Nigerian youths while in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting , Buhari said the media only preferred to report what they like instead of concentrating on developmental journalism .
The President said, “ You know they say we are between 180 and 200 million people in Nigeria and 60 per cent are the youths below the age of 30 .
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“ In the North for instance , most have not attended school or they abandoned halfway.
“ If not because we had favourable rainfall in the past two seasons, most of them have no job , just idling away.
“ People like them, even if they go to the South for instance , what they will make will not be enough to even pay their rent let alone feeding , clothing and transport back home .
“ That has not been explained enough and you know the media, especially the print , are simply doing whatever they like .
“ We had two successful farming seasons, people went to farm and did very well , but no one is talking about that; only insults .
“ That is why the Minister of Information , Lai Mohammed , had to respond to the letter of insults released by (former President Olusegun ) Obasanjo . We spoke about it and I asked him not to respond but he refused and said he would just respond by stating the situation we met the country , where it is now and what has been done in- between and the monies we are getting . ”
Buhari restated his position that the Peoples Democratic Party , in its 16 years in power , left debts for the country despite making huge income from oil .
He said there were no good roads or power supply to justify billions of dollars spent , adding that only God would judge the past leaders .
“ Recently , I had to come out and state that from 1999 to 2014 , anyone who carries out a study here in America or Europe or India will know that we were producing 2 . 2 million barrels of crude oil daily at a price of at least $ 100 per barrel .
“ In those 16 years of the PDP rule , Nigeria was getting 2 .1 million x $ 100 every day, every week , but when we came on board ; the price fell to between $ 37 and $ 38 and hanged around $ 40 and $ 50 .
“ I went to the CBN – the governor of CBN is here and asked him how far and he said nothing was left apart from debts .
“ I said but this is what the country made ? And he said yes , he knew , and I asked him where is the money ? All is gone.
“ Nigerians know that there were no roads or rail lines , there was no power , despite the billions of dollars spent . Only God will judge this thing,” the President declared .
Buhari insisted that conflicts between farmers and herdsmen did not start now , adding that it was wrong to describe it as clashes between Fulani and other people .
As part of efforts to restore security in parts of the country , Buhari said he had approved the recruitment of additional 6 ,000 policemen for the country .
He said his directive was that the personnel should be recruited across the 774 local government areas in the country instead of “ going to motor parks and markets to just pick people anyhow . ”
Buhari also kicked against the establishment of state police as being canvassed by some people including state governors .