BUHARI TO NIGERIANS IN JAPAN: My govt won’t condone any crime, whether at home or abroad
President Muhammadu Buhari In Thursday in Yokohama, Japan commended Nigerians in the Diaspora doing legitimate business and making the country proud.
The president also said that the few Nigerians abroad indulging in criminal activities do not represent the values of the majority of the people of the country.
He vowed that his administration would never condone any crime regardless of where it is committed, whether at home or abroad.
He spoke at a meeting with leaders of the Nigerian Community living in Japan on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).
“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 reputation for criminality,” he said.
Urging Nigerians in Japan to be good ambassadors of their fatherland, the Nigerian leader said, “I am personally very happy that there are millions of Nigerians all over the world, like you here, who are truly making us proud.”
Describing the majority of the over 17 million Nigerians in Diaspora as “the face of Nigeria globally and our ambassadors for good,” the President noted that “many of our Diasporans, like your good selves here today, have excelled in varying fields of endeavour, both professionally and individually.
“You have also made significant and overwhelmingly positive contributions to your Nigerian and international host communities. You have continually been a positive bridge between Nigeria and the world. It is not an easy feat and we commend you, salute your courage and efforts.”
Further noting that “Japan is at the cutting edge of technology and efficiency, two very important attributes that can play a role in Nigeria and improve our capacity for development,” President Buhari urged members of his audience to continue to contribute their quota by helping to develop their host country and Nigeria as well.
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He added, “I look forward to your inborn gift, ability, and capacity in taking up this challenge.”
Professor Ejiogu Emenike, President, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Asia (NIDOASIA) and an energy expert, commended President Buhari for efficient leadership, and disclosed that his members have “comparative advantages in human capital development, which we are trying to bring back to Nigeria.”
He added: “Any problem that science and technology can solve, we can, and we can help Nigeria in areas of need.”
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