President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s simplicity. The president said that Nigerians are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating in the streets. Buhari said this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday while receiving Zuckerberg at the Aso Villa Demo Day. According to the president, “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. 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. I am impressed by your simplicity in sharing your knowledge and wealth with those with less income.” In his remarks, Zuckerberg said, “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. It’s so inspiring to see what you have built here. This trip has really blown me away by the talents of young entrepreneurs and developers in this country, and making a difference and making a change. It reminds me of when I wanted to start Facebook. I wasn’t starting a company at the time but wanted to build something to see if it will work. And that is what I see people here do, pushing through challenges, building things that you want to see in the world.”