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FG cautions Nigerians in Diaspora against supporting secessionist groups

The Federal Government recently admonished Nigeria in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) against sponsoring and offering its platform for secessionist groups.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the admonition during a visit of the delegation of NIDO, UK Chapter, to his office in Abuja.

Advocate. ng reports that the visit to the Minister was part of the activities marking NIDO UK chapter’s ongoing initiative tagged, “A Week in & For Nigeria’’.

Mohammed said it was disheartening that secessionist groups campaigning around the world for their causes were using some Nigerians in Diaspora to propagate their fake narratives about the country.

He said it was also worrisome that the secessionist groups were relying on the financial contributions of some NIDO members to fund their nefarious activities.

The Minister said President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration considered NIDO as a critical Stakeholder in the Nigerian project.He said the consideration informed the unprecedented establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), which, he said, had been doing a good job in coordinating and providing an organized system of collaborations of Nigerians in Diaspora.

“Thanks to the Commission, issues affecting Nigerians in Diaspora have been receiving prompt attention.

“NIDCOM has also ensured that Nigerians in Diaspora are well informed about the activities of the government.

“It is therefore alarming and disappointing that some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria,’’ he said.

Mohammed noted that the avoidable division among Nigerians in Diaspora in some countries had hampered the engagements of the President with them each time he (President) travelled out.

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He said before the division, the President and even his Ministry had made the engagement with Nigerians in the host country a regular affair.

“This is an unfortunate development, but we will not relent in seeking out and engaging with patriotic Nigerians in Diaspora,’’ he said.

Mohammed commended members of NIDO, UK chapter, for their patriotism and steadfastness in organizing “A Week in & For Nigeria’’ aimed at shining a positive light on the country.

“This is what patriots do, not badmouthing their country around the world.

“I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to appeal to NIDO to seize the initiative from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations,’’ he said.

The Minister noted that the government acknowledged the challenges facing the country, especially in the area of insecurity and was earnestly tackling them.

He reiterated his position that no government in the history of the country had done so much with so little.

“The administration came in at a time that the country has lost one-third of its revenue, due to a drastic crash in oil prices.

“Despite that, the administration has recorded tremendous achievements in the area of infrastructure – roads, rail, power, housing, dams, etc.

“In agriculture, the country is closer than ever to achieving self-sufficiency in major staples.

“The administration is prosecuting the fight against corruption in an institutionalized manner, as well as the revamping of the economy, especially through diversification,’’ he said.

Mohammed, therefore, urged the Nigerians in Diaspora to complement government efforts rather than propagating fake narratives and untrue allegations of religious persecution, political marginalization and human rights abuses.

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“As an organized and well-connected group, I implore NIDO to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative.

“I also urge them to sweep the carpet off the f…

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