Nigeria is known as a nation of fraudsters, terrorists – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said Nigeria is known in the internarional community as a nation of fraudsters, terrorists and other negative vices.

President Muhammadu Buhari

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while declaring open an induction course organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for career ambassadors-designate, who were recently cleared by the Senate.

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The President said the ambassadors-designate have to ensure that their host governments and the world know that Nigeria was more than the negative image portrayed to them.

He said, “For far too long, we have allowed Nigeria to be defined by others, always emphasising our negatives. To the average foreigner, Nigeria evokes 419, terrorism, militancy, communal and religious clashes, insecurity, corruption and all our other faults.”

Buhari also lamented that his administration does not have the robust funds to run foreign missions because of the economic situation.

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He urged the ambassadors-designate to make sacrifices for the country, urging them to learn to “do more with less.”

He said, “We are optimistic that the external factors that partly contributed to push our economy into recession will ebb in 2017.

“Until then, I regret that the resources available to fund our missions abroad will not be as robust as we would like.

“We are working hard to turn around our national economy by effectively reforming our macroeconomic environment through some measures, some of which were outlined in my budget speech to the National Assembly last week.”


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