By Ike A.Offor
It is amazing to imagine how a president of a country would travel all over the world telling people that his countrymen or compatriots are criminals. The same president would at the vein ask the world to come in to invest in his country. That is ironical to say the least.
In response to the latest gaffe, which is the not the very first time, President Mohammadu Buhari has told the world that Nigeria is deeply corrupt and that Nigerians have penchant for crimes. A house member Mr Ben Bruce Murray has responded by saying “I am a Nigerian and I not a criminal.
Ben Bruce Murray is a senator representing Baylesa East, on Sunday, led the pack of Nigerians who condemned statements credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians have reputation for crime.
Buhari, during an interview with UK newspaper, The Telegraph noted that too many Nigerians are in jail abroad because of their reputation for crime which has made them unwelcome. “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, I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home, where their services are required to rebuild the country,” he told The Telegraph.
However, the Commonsense advocate started hashtag #IAmANigerianNotACriminal to counter the view of the president while highlighting the successes of Nigerians around the world.
It is hard to hear a president, whose job is to present a good and positive image of his country, would be the one to tar the same image he is meant to launder or put in a good spot. How could this man attract investors into the country if he consistently tar the image of his countrymen anytime he speaks in front of international media?