Buhari Says Zuckerberg Is An Inspiration For Nigerian Youths

Mark Zuckerberg met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vive President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the State House
Mark Zuckerberg met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vive President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the State House

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, won the heart of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari for his simplicity and readiness to share his knowledge with ordinary Nigerian youths.

Buhari poured out his heart when he received the young technology billionaire at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

Buhari said the various meetings Zuckerberg held with Nigerian youth since his arrival would serve as a fillip to them in their quest to explore the opportunities that abound in the world of Information and Communication Technology, ICT.

“Nigeria has always been identified as a country with great potentials for growth, especially with our youthful population, but now we are moving beyond the potentials to reality,” Buhari said.

“I am impressed by your simplicity in sharing your knowledge and wealth with those with less income.

“In our culture, we are not used to seeing successful people appear like you.

“We are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating on the streets.

“We are more used to seeing successful people in air-conditioned places.

“We are happy you are well-off and simple enough to always share,’’ the President added.



    Zuckerberg said he was very impressed by the interest, energy and entrepreneurial spirit shown by young Nigerians in all the ICT centres he had visited.

    “I was highly impressed by the talent of the youths in the Co-creation Hub in Yaba,” he said.

    “I was blown away by their talent and the level of energy that I saw.”

    Zuckerberg explained that he was in Nigeria to promote the penetration of “fast and cheap” internet connectivity, that would help people create online businesses and curb poverty.

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