- Buhari lauded Onyema for showing compassion and patriotism by immediately offering to evacuate some Nigerians from South Africa.
- Buhari also charges them to be diligent, focused and resourceful in all their engagements.
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians in South Africa to use their resources, skills, and talents to help the development of Nigeria.
The president made the call on Friday in Pretoria, South Africa when he met Nigerians residing n the country. He advised all Nigerians in The Diaspora to always remember their country with skills, resources, and talents, and work towards living decent and dignified lives that bring honour to their fatherland.
Buhari also charged them to be diligent, focused and resourceful in all their engagements, especially in improving their net worth through learning new skills, good education and building their networks positively.
“First, you are our Ambassadors and the face of our country to the world wherever you are. The world is therefore, watching you and would make judgments on Nigeria based on your comportment and actions.
“Second, in whatever legitimate engagement you find yourself, you must strive to excel and be the best.
“Third, while you are out in the Diaspora, do not forget home. You represent some of the best human assets that Nigeria has. With your education and exposure to the world, you are at the cutting edge of technology.
“I, therefore, urge you to use your resources, skills, and talents to help the development of Nigeria,’’ he said.
The gathering included students, traders, medical doctors, clerics, and academics. The president noted that the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDC) headed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa will guide them on how to actualize their contributions to the country.
The President who expressed shock over the outbreak of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa sais the act was an embarrassment to the continent.
“Let me again use this medium to condole with the families of all those who lost their lives over the years in such tragic incidents. May their souls rest in peace,’’ he added.
President Buhari also commiserated with those who were injured, praying for their quick recovery, and sympathized with those who lost property and other valuables.
“As a government, we are quite disturbed by these very unfortunate events and have taken actions and measures to address this issue and prevent their re-occurrence with the South African government.
“I had earlier directed the evacuation of Nigerians who do not feel safe to remain here. Over five hundred have returned home and are being reintegrated into their communities.’
He also expressed gratitude Chief Allen Onyeama, the Chairman of Air Peace Airlines, whom he said showed compassion and patriotism by immediately offering to evacuate our Nigerians who had been affected by the xenophobic attacks.
He assured Nigerians that the South African authorities had expressed their apologies over the incidents and resolved to take necessary steps to end the ugly trend.