President Muhammadu Buhari is presently under fire after granting an interview to UK Newspaper, The Telegraph, he condemned Nigerians that have given the country a bad reputation abroad.
Here are some excerpts from the interview–
Muhammadu Buhari, the tough ex-general elected last year, said those who had joined the migrant exodus to Europe were doing so purely for economic reasons rather than because they were in danger.
He added that because of the number of Nigerians imprisoned for law-breaking in Britain and elsewhere, they were also unlikely to get much sympathy.
“We have an image problem abroad and we are on our way to salvage that”
“Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking,” he told The Telegraph.
“I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home, where their services are required to rebuild the country.”
Although published only on Friday evening, the article already has over 250 comments on their website and spurred a hash tag #NigeriansAreNotCriminals that was trending all night.
Full link to the interview here