Banky W, R&B singer, has urged disgruntled Nigerians to register for their permanent voter cards (PVC) rather than vent on Twitter.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will not count their tweets on election day.
Many young Nigerians have been tweeting non-stop with #LazyNigerianYouth and #LazyNigerianYouths to convey their displeasure at President Muhammadu Buhari’s “sit and do nothing” remark.
The president on Wednesday said many Nigerian youth have not been to school yet they want free education, health and housing.
Commenting on the trending hashtag, the ‘Made For You’ singer said: “I have a suggestion. Whether you agree, or disagree with the President’s comments, this time, do a little bit more than posting, commenting, retweeting, and complaining. Go and register to vote.
“I’ve sat in countless meetings, seminars, conferences and hangouts with young people. We are always great at pointing out our issues.. but the truth is that we can sit around and complain from now until Kingdom come. It will not matter. INEC will not count your tweets. Let’s turn the month of May into #PVCMay.
“Even if you don’t know who you’re voting for.. even if you hate every single candidate. At least register.. so that if someone comes along who you feel compelled to support, you can.
“If you’re really serious about wanting Nigeria to be a better place, go and register to vote. Get your PVC asap. The registration period will end LONG before the elections come, so if you think you can wait until next year, you are wrong.
“Get your PVC today. Or don’t bother complaining about anything, because it won’t matter. Your tweets will not count. Your vote will.”
So apparently, this is what our President thinks about the Nigerian youth. What do you guys think? I have a suggestion. Whether you agree, or disagree with the President's comments, this time, do a little bit more than posting, commenting, retweeting, and complaining. Go and register to vote. I've sat in countless meetings, seminars, conferences and hangouts with young people. We are always great at pointing out our issues.. but the truth is that we can sit around and complain from now until Kingdom come. IT WILL NOT MATTER. INEC will not count your tweets. Let's turn the month of May into #PVCMay. Even if you don't know who you're voting for.. even if you hate every single candidate. At least register.. so that if someone comes along who you feel compelled to support, you can. If you're really serious about wanting Nigeria to be a better place, go and register to vote. Get your PVC asap. The registration period will end LONG before the elections come, so if you think you can wait until next year, you are wrong. Get your PVC today. Or don't bother complaining about anything, because it won't matter. Your tweets will not count. Your vote will.
Meanwhile, this is what young (and some not so young) Nigerians are tweeting.
— Oga Web Designer🇳🇬 (@samCodeNg) April 19, 2018
#LazyNigerianYouths..As a 'lazy Nigerian', l work 8 hours daily to ensure a better future for the next generation..Plus, l don't crash N56m power bike or married to billionaire son..l celebrate myself. pic.twitter.com/HN1laiC0Rf
— Maryam Titilayo (@titilayo_maryam) April 19, 2018
My friend and I are medical students at UNILAG
We were awarded Resolution Fellowship at the UN
I am a content creator for 2 health startups. He is a serial volunteer for various HMOs
We’re starting an environmental management venture this year.
— OSHOBAMBAM (@Ekhamane) April 19, 2018
This is the most falsified representation of Nigerian Youths I've ever heard of. Nigerians have never acted entitled, most of us do not even know what it means to be an Oil Producing Country, we buy petrol at exorbitant rates….#LazyNigerianYouths pic.twitter.com/TV3BDNQgQP
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) April 19, 2018
I am a Nigerian youth, A MultiDegree holder. I am a hardworking entrepreneur, with a family to cater for. I pay tax, generate adequate light for myself and pay for security in my country. My President lied by calling a lot of youths like me #LazyNigerianYouths
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) April 19, 2018
i work two to three jobs everyday, work as an advertising Agent for a marketing fame, still trying to get hype jobs on twitter daily , still do home lessons .. let me leave that aside,
but your son is unemployed but rides a 80million bike,
we are not
— Trouble Maker 😒 (@RovielOfficial) April 19, 2018
— Dotuncoolfm (@iamDo2dtun) April 19, 2018
— #ToRussiaWithCoke (@I_pissVodka) April 19, 2018
This #LazyNigerianYouths trending tag is ridiculous. All youth I've ever met and worked with in Nigeria are doing amazing things, working incredibly hard and hustling to make a difference in their communities and cities. Nigeria is an amazing country with inspiring youth! 🇳🇬❤ pic.twitter.com/NY7kxDwwv2
— Ulrich Janse van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) April 19, 2018
I'm a teacher in 3 different places. I also sell cars , I don't do anything illegal. I work round the clock.
I am a Nigerian youth.
I am a superwoman.
I am not lazy.#LazyNigerianYouths
— P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S (@OneBabeLikeThat) April 19, 2018
— #ToRussiaWithCoke ✈️ (@badgalmaddie_) April 19, 2018
Dear Mr President, I may not have a job at the moment but still, you don’t have the right to call me lazy.
— CrÂzy Twitt3r Usēr🇳🇬 (@IamPreshioloye) April 19, 2018
Nigerian youths are lazy? Lol 😂
I can tag at least 80 developers/techies that are shaking & breaking tables here & abroad without Government’s help.🔥
PS: We still pay tax that helps you & family survive your stupendous health bills ☺️ #LazyNigerianYouths
— Prosper Otemuyiwa (@unicodeveloper) April 19, 2018
I'm a lazy second class upper graduate Nigerian nurse who over works herself just to make sure I save lives and render care.
I design and make scrubs. I have a family I take care of. I'm not even up to 25years.
— Nurse Bambi 👅💉💊 (@The_HauteNurse) April 19, 2018
This being said… I will be burning this artwork I made in 2016 because you, Muhammadu Buhari are a shame to the millions of youth that voted you in. #LazyNigerianYouths #WeAreNigerianCreatives@MBuhari pic.twitter.com/rqnPh4n1Gs
— Arinze Stanley (@Harinzeyart) April 19, 2018
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