President MuhammaduBuhari has said that Nigerians are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating in the streets. He said this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while receiving Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the social network utility Facebook.
According to the president, Nigerians are used to seeing successful people in air-conditioned places.“In our culture, we are not used to seeing successful people appear like you. We are happy you are well-off and simple enough to always share,” he stated.
The president stressed that the simplicity and magnanimity of Zuckerberg had also challenged the culture of lavish wealth display and impulsive spending that had become peculiar to Nigerians.
Buhari commended the internet entrepreneur, who is among the world’s richest men, for sharing his wealth of knowledge with Nigerian youths and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs.
He noted that the various meetings Zuckerberg had held with Nigerian youths since his arrival were most timely as the nation was already exploring opportunities to spur development through entrepreneurship.
In his remarks, Zuckerberg said he was impressed by the interest, energy and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by young Nigerians in all the ICT camps he had visited.
“I was highly impressed by the talent of the youths in the Co-creation hub in Yaba. I was blown away by their talent and the level of energy that I saw,’’ he said.