President Muhammadu Buhari has chastised Nigerians who engage in criminal activities in the diaspora, saying they do not represent the country’s values.
President Buhari stated this while meeting with leaders of the Nigerian Community living in Japan on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan, on Thursday.
The president was quoted in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, as saying that the nefarious activities of a few persons outside the shores in Nigeria do not in any way define the behaviour of all Nigerians.
“Let me also say that there are few Nigerians in the Diaspora that are giving us a bad name by engaging in criminal activities. These Nigerians are a minority, they do not represent the values of our country, and I plead with them to change their ways.
“We will not condone any crime whether at home or abroad, and we will also not allow these Nigerians to define us as a people with a reputation for criminality,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying.
President Buhari also urged Nigerians in Japan to be good ambassadors of their fatherland and responsible residents of their host country.
“I am personally very happy that there are millions of Nigerians all over the world, like you here, who are truly making us proud,” he said, describing the majority of the over 17 million Nigerians in Diaspora as “the face of Nigeria globally and our ambassadors for good”.
The president added: “I look forward to your inborn gift, ability, and capacity in taking up this challenge.”