President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday lamented that few Nigerians outside the shores of the country are giving Nigeria bad name.
The also President Stated that this insignificant number of countrymen and women that indulge in criminal activities do not represent the values of the majority of the country.
President Buhari stated this in Yokohama, Japan, during a meeting with leaders of the Nigerian Community living in Japan on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).
According to him, “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 urged Nigerians in Japan to be good ambassadors of their fatherland, adding, “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 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.