- Abike Dabiri-Erewa is warning and advising against stigmatising Nigerians abroad as a result of the arrest of Hushpuppi
- Dabiri-Erewa notes that a lot of Nigerians are making the world proud as they excel in their chosen fields and careers
- The head of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) wants Hushpuppi's trial to take its full course
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Ramoni 'Hushpuppi' Igbalode, the suspected fraudster that has rattled a part of the world may have given Nigerians abroad a negative image, but Abike Dabiri-Erewa warns otherwise.
Dabiri-Erewa, head of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), believes that there are many Nigerians making the world proud and, as such, should not be stigmatised.
Hushpuppi was recently arrested in Dubai and taken to the United States of America where he has been charged and is being detained in a facility in Chicago.
In a statement on Thursday, July 9, Dabiri-Erewa said the successes of Nigerians abroad should not be measured with the arrest of those who decide to embark on crimes like fraud.
In the statement by Gabriel Odu, the of Media, spokesperson for NIDCOM,
“Nigerians all over the world are known to be hardworking, diligent and determined and succeeding tremendously in their chosen careers wherever they are.
“Bad news travels fast, but good news does not. Recently, a Nigerian, Mr Ikenna Nweke, was appreciated and commended by the Japanese government and the Police for returning a lost wallet with large sums of money and a credit card.
“Yet, it did not make headlines. Also, while the news of Hushpuppy was trending, a Nigerian in Russia, Dr Chidubem Obi, graduated with a 5.0 GPA cleaning all established records in the university,” she said.
Dabiri-Erewa described Nigerians as the most educated immigrants in the United States and adding that they are hardworking, committed, determined, and very successful in their careers and professions.
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While commending the FBI and the EFCC for tracking and tracing the fraudsters, she advised that the law must be allowed to take its course.
“Let us focus more on the positive things Nigerians in the Diaspora are doing than the few negative narratives that purportedly give Nigeria a bad image.
“Some Nigerians are working three to four jobs per day, yet acts such as those arrested for fraud are used to judge and stereotype them," she pleaded.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal government through NIDCOM recently praised the good virtue of Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian in Japan who returned a lost wallet that contained a huge sum of money and a credit card.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Sunday, June 28, said Ikenna’s character is the true representation of Nigerians all over the world.
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