Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chief Executive of Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDCOM), on Thursday said that the arrest of some Nigerian fraudsters should not be a yardstick to stigmatise other Nigerians in the Diaspora.
Dabiri-Erewa said this in a statement signed by Mr Gabriel Odu, the of Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM.
Dabiri-Erewa said: “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 do 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 said that Nigerians unarguably were the most educated immigrants in the United States and were hardworking, committed, determined and very successful in their careers and professions.
She also advised that the law must be allowed to take its course.
“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 urged youths to channel their energies on the path of honesty and integrity, and uphold high moral values, stressing that “one bad apple cannot spoil the whole bunch.’’ (NAN)