Don’t stigmatise Nigerians abroad over alleged fraudsters – Dabiri-Erewa

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the  Chief Executive of in Diaspora (NIDCOM), on Thursday said that the arrest of some Nigerian fraudsters not be a yardstick to stigmatise other in the Diaspora.

Dabiri-Erewa said this statement signed by Mr Gabriel Odu, the of Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM.

She spoke against the backdrop of recent arrest of some in the United Arab Emirates for fraud particularly, Ramoni Igbalode, known as .

The NIDCOM boss said that the arrest of some Nigerians not be a yardstick in any to judge and stereotype Nigerians who were excelling globally.

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, appreciated and commended 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 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, however, commended the FBI and the for and tracing the fraudsters.

She also advised that the law be allowed to take its course.

“Let focus more on the positive things Nigerians in the Diaspora are doing than the few negative narratives that purportedly give 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 urged youths to 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)