Nigerians Engaging In Criminal Activities Abroad Do Not Represent Our Values – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says that the few Nigerians abroad indulging in criminal activities do not represent the values of the majority of the people of the country.

President Buhari disclosed this on Thursday in Yokohama, Japan while 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 a reputation for criminality,” he said.

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The President according to a statement signed by his special adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina also urged Nigerians in Japan to be good ambassadors of their fatherland.

“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,”

President Buhari urged members of his audience to continue to contribute their quota by helping to develop their host country and Nigeria as well, adding that: “I look forward to your inborn gift, ability, and capacity in taking up this challenge.”

FG Remains Focused On Rescuing Leah Sharibu, Osinbajo Tells Nigerians In US

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addresses Nigerians in New York on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is committed to the rescue of Leah Sharibu, one of the schoolgirls abducted Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Osinbajo stated this on Sunday during a town hall meeting with some Nigerians in New York, United States.

The Vice President stressed that over 108 girls have been rescued so far, and added that community policing can effectively tackle the nation’s security challenges including kidnappings.

“There are cases that are as important as other cases that have received worldwide attention. But at the same time, when you measure it against the performance of girls that have been freed till date, over 108 Christian girls.

“We shouldn’t say it’s Christian religious freedom, but who is responsible for kidnapping is committing an economic crime. To solve the problem, we need community, we need the state police,” he said.

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Osinbajo also reacted to questions asked by diaspora Nigerians on poverty and unemployment in the country.

He lamented that the country recorded a population of 112.7 million people living in extreme poverty in 2010.

He claimed that the government during that period did not create Social Investment Programmes that will help ameliorate the situation.

“As at 2010, Nigeria had about 112.7million people living in extreme poverty. Nothing in place, there was no Social Investment Programme, there was no social security, no way of taking people out of poverty.

“That was the reason why we decided to put in place the National Social Investment Programme because it was to address questions of how to get our people out of poverty,” Osinbajo said.

 

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Deputy Speaker Urges Nigerians In Diaspora To Support Economic Diversification

Yusuf Lasun, Reps, Budget Padding, 2016 Budget,The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yusuf, has called on the Nigerians in Canada to help the Federal Government in the diversification of the economy.

The Deputy Speaker in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Wole Oladimeji, said no country of the world can employ 10 percent of its workforce as jobs do not reside in government but in the individual and corporate world.

Mr Lasun, while responding to the appeals made by the Nigerians in Canada who visited him in his office, said the country has operated a mono-economy for years and that led to the country’s underdevelopment.

According to him, the exploitation of oil has done more harm than good and since there is are conscious efforts to develop the agricultural sector, there is the need to partner with the developed world.

“Nigeria depended heavily on oil. We are trying to retrace our steps to agriculture. It is difficult to do mechanised farming in the forest region except in the northern part of the country. The process of mechanised farming is lacking in Nigeria because of mono-economy.

“Agriculture is what we have to go back to and depart from the old method.”
Lasun, however, said foreign direct investment is vital, as is information and communication technology.

“Education is the bedrock of everything. What we need in the area of education is the skill acquisition. We lack skill. If you don’t have the skill nothing can be done. It is relevant to all the sectors,” he said.

Earlier, Mr‎ Ramesh Sangha, a member of Parliament in Canada,‎ who led the delegation, explained that they were in the country for possible collaboration.

He told the Deputy Speaker that they wanted stronger ties with the Canadian government‎ so that areas of assistance could be identified.

FG Begins Verification Of Pensioners In Nigeria And Diaspora

Pensioners, Nigeria, DiasporaThe Federal Government has commenced the verification of pensioners in the diaspora and its database of retirees in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, made the disclosure on Tuesday during an interview with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Mrs Ikeazor gave the hint after meeting with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

She explained that the diaspora verification exercise was an initiative of the government to ensure that every Nigerian including those living abroad received their entitlements.

The PTAD boss revealed that 15,600 pensioners have been dropped from the payroll owing to lack of proper identification.

She said the new system had saved the government millions of Naira, adding that the government was devising means to rid the pension system of fraud.

Nigerian Students Protest Against Xenophobic Attacks

Nigerian Students The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Abuja have staged a protest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to agitate for government’s prompt response to incessant attacks and killings of citizens schooling abroad, particularly the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.



The students also threatened to embark on reprisal attacks on foreign nationals, including South Africans and their businesses in Nigeria, if government from both countries do not call those responsible for the killings in those countries to order.

The Under Secretary, African Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Godwin Agama, assured the aggrieved students of the government’s prompt response to the situation, urging them not to take laws into their hands.

There have been reports of renewed xenophobic attacks in South Africa’s Kwazulu Natal province.

The Nigerian House of Representatives has also condemned the attack on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Diapora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said that Nigeria must put its feet down and be very decisive in acting against the killing of Nigerians abroad.

Meanwhile, the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said that the crisis had been triggered by the level of poverty in the area and the drive by locals to have complete access to the resources alone.

FG, House partner to establish Diaspora Centre

The Presidency and the Diaspora Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives have agreed to establish a Diaspora Centre in Abuja as one of the ways of attracting investments from resourceful Nigerians resident abroad.

The Diaspora Centre, both arms of government also agreed, would serve as a convergence unit for all ideas on how to harness the potentials of nationals living and working abroad.

Both arms of government agreed to set up a committee of lawmakers and executive functionaries to work together on establishing the centre before the end of the year.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, announced the intention of government to work with lawmakers on the initiative, during a Strategy Call paid him by the Committee on Diaspora chaired by Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

“I want to use this opportunity of your visit to my office to ask your committee to collaborate with my office and set up a committee to establish a Diaspora Centre”, Anyim said.

 

Nigerians in Brazilian prison visited by Diaspora Cmmte’

Looking into the case of 457 Nigerians in the federal prison of Brazil for various drug offences,the Chairman of the House of Represntatives committee on diaspora; Hon. Anike Dabiri Erewa was on our programme Diplomatic Channel with anchor Amarach ubani.

She revealed why they are there and that the Nigerian government has intervened.