- President Muhammadu Buhari called on Nigerians in South Africa to be good ambassadors
- The president urged them not to forget home in anything they do
- President Buhari also urged them to strive to be the best and gain new skills
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians in South Africa not to forget home and urged them to strive to be the best in whatever they do.
This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu who is the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity on Friday October 4.
The president in his town hall meeting with Nigerians urged them to be law-abiding and also improve their net worth by learning new skills.
He said: “First, you are our Ambassadors and the face of our country to the world wherever you are. The world is therefore, watching you and would make judgments on Nigeria based on your comportment and actions.
“Second, in whatever legitimate engagement you find yourself, you must strive to excel and be the best.
“Third, while you are out in the Diaspora, do not forget home. You represent some of the best human asset that Nigeria has. With your education and exposure to the world, you are at the cutting edge of technology.
“I, therefore, urge you to use your resources, skills and talents to help the development of Nigeria.”
The president also spoke about the issue of xenophobia in South Africa describing it as an embarrassment.
He said: “The recent acts of xenophobic attacks on our compatriots and other Africans in South Africa are shocking to me, Nigerians and indeed Africa.
“It was an embarrassment to the continent. Let me again use this medium to condole with the families of all those who lost their lives over the years in such tragic incidents. May their souls rest in peace.”
“As a government, we are quite disturbed by these very unfortunate events and have taken actions and measures to address this issue and prevent their re-occurrence with the South African government.
“I had earlier directed the evacuation of Nigerians who do not feel safe to remain here. Over five hundred have returned home and are being reintegrated into their communities.
“At this juncture, I wish to express my profound gratitude to Chief Allen Onyeama, the Chairman of Air Peace Airlines, who showed compassion and patriotism by immediately offering to evacuate our Nigerian brothers and sisters who had been affected by these xenophobic attacks.”
Meanwhile, the federal government told South African authorities to open up its economy for more Nigerian businesses.
Legit.ng reports that President Buhari made the plea on Friday, October 4, while speaking at the inaugural meeting of the 9th Bi-national commission in Pretoria.
The president also noted that South African companies had enjoyed unfettered access to Nigerian market and protection with enabling laws, urging the government to design policies that favour investments from Nigeria.
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