President Buhari caused a stir on Nigerians’ tainted reputation comment

President Buhari’s interview with the Telegraph was meant to provoke reactions, and it has achieved just that.

It is clear that President Buhari has issues with Nigerians denial about what is obvious – the fact that the nation’s image is tainted with the amount of criminal activities going on. We worked so hard to cover it up by presenting skewed image, but ‘aso ko ba omoye mo, omoye ti rin ‘hoho w’oja (cat is out of the bag).

The bits that get Nigerians upset:

“Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but then again some Nigerians have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in different prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking…” PMB

Full interview here

I know PMB has a tough job and given his records I bet if the president was to be in a different time, most of the criminals will be in Kirikiri (prison) by now. Now his hands are tied, he has to work extra hard to prove that the goats indeed ate the yam – now is to digging out the goats’ guts for proof.

As a someone in diaspora I would have liked the president to acknowledge that despite the criminal activities that Nigerians are known for, – many Nigerians (most in fact) are normal everyday people working hard for their living in their respective host countries.

After all, less than two months ago Adewale Adeyemo (Wally), a Modakeke son was appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics by President Obama in the USA. One does not get to such a position after prison release.

Apart from Mr Adewale Adeyemo, we have plenty of Nigerians in diaspora who are doing their bits everyday from road cleaners, tube workers to professionals in different fields contributing to Nigeria’s economy everyday from far away.

President Buhari would have preferred Nigerians abroad to stay at home and build the country together. Given we remitted $21B in 2013 alone – we are already doing our bits. Thank goodness for record keeping.

This is why I am not offended by the President’s statement because he was not talking about Nigerians who have not contributed to the tainted image of Nigeria.

Not once was any of my family members denied a visa of visit – my parents and a sister. If I have no proof of employment to support them during visits or them overstayed their visas, that wouldn’t have happened.

The name Nigeria undoubtedly arouse suspicions but each person works their way to show the other side of the story in their respective work and neighbourhood.


Here’s something for the president to help us with. Over the years I have come to realise that criminals exist in all countries but what sets Nigeria apart is our inability to follow through cases and indict criminals so we wail until a minor neighbourhood thief becomes global 419.

A good example of this is cultism in our schools. Students get killed in their hostels by cults, aka Black Axe. They steal and kill for any reason known to the group. Such as the case of Afrika and his mates in 1999 at OAU. Nigeria did nothing and pretended we could not fish out the criminals, now these guys (black Axe) are at large in Canada and all over Europe with stronger network.

President Buhari, when is Nigeria going to start dealing with our problem before it gets out of hand?

11 thoughts on “President Buhari caused a stir on Nigerians’ tainted reputation comment

  1. “Over the years I have come to realise that criminals exist in all countries but what sets Nigeria apart is our inability to follow through cases and indict criminals so we wail until a minor neighbourhood thief becomes global 419”. That statement was a spot on!
    PMB’s fight against corruption is frustrating to him because it’s a lone case. In my opinion, what we really need in Nigeria is a good and ACTIVE judicial system, that way, PMB won’t have to fight corruption alone.

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  2. Seriously, I am still not a fan of President Buhari. Don’t blame me, I am just a habitual cynic and I wasn’t particularly a fan of Goodluck either. I distaste all politicians. But my main admiration for GMB is that he is a horrible politician – which is ironic cos it is also the my main reason for disliking him too. GMB is a Charlatan. He is a dictator at heart and it will always show through in his unguarded utterances and character. Mark my words. GMB is not a democrat at heart, he is still a military bully that has to have it his way. His passion (genuine as it may be apparent in most instances) is caused by this craze for order at all cost. This is VERY dangerous. Most Nigerians presently identify with this approach and actually voted Buhari in because they want their pound of flesh for all the big stealing the elite did, even at whatever cost. God help us if we temper with Freedom while amending our observance of the rule of law. In a society like ours, the repercussions would be disastrous.

    Still GMB is very spot on on this account. Nigerians, & I am bold enough to say a Massive majority of Nigerians (Home & Abroad) are corrupt, selfish and egocentric persons who put themselves ahead of the nation. Oddly it is not a crime and not a big deal because we were all brought up to be just like that. Let us stop pretending it is mainly the other fellow and not most of us in our highly corrupted Ethnic, Sectional, Tribal, Regional orientation. Our orientation which stemmed from of our disjointed origin as a nation that wasn’t ever allowed to evolve by the Military elite (Which our heroes like Buhari & Murtala) didn’t let us live through, is our main source of habitual corruption. Not this mainly economic and societal reaction. It is economic, on the part of corrupt masses and scattered Nigerians in the diaspora making ends meet in legal & dubious means alike. It is societal in the continuation of the boisterous ostentatious desire for wealth & power, on the part of the political, royal, civil service and military elite.

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    1. I see your points Yas. I too believe the reason Buhari was voted in was that he will be ruthless with the looters. That tells you a lot about Nigeria especially the ‘hollier than thou’ folks.

      Knowing what I know today, I think PMB need to be meticulous in the fight against corruption in the way that there is minimum infringement of individual human rights, but again, how can we blame the president if he insisted looted fund be returned? We will all benefit.

      Buhari is still one of my favourite presidents of Nigeria for this reason.

      On Nigerians been corrupt – you may be right if you see Nigerians through the eye of the few privileged, most people that I know and grew up with are decent people who would not cheat nor hurt anyone.

      They are not civil servants, they are self employed – see 🙂
      Not claiming angel here o but we have seen how ordinary folks in offices have turned really nasty when they knew it is from ‘national cake’

      Another point here that I tried to touch was that Nigeria itself must do better with our policies, sometimes getting simple things done is so difficult that getting the right info is hard and people retire to ‘bribe’ to get information that should be available for free.

      Example of this is registering a company in Nigeria – it can take between 3months to a year – why is this? My brother in-law had to travel all the way from Modakeke to Lagos to remind someone about the letter he submitted 3 months earlier only to realise his request had be sitting in the Big Madam email folder unattended, this is after the bank had promptly taking fee from his account. There must be an avenue to report this type of behaviour.

      Oh, as you said about Buhari – we do need orderliness, without it we are all susceptible to ‘commit’ offences without even knowing.

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  3. Aunty, PMB should not blame Nigerians who are eager to leave the country. It is absolutely wrong for him to dwell on the wrongs and not balance it with the rights. Despite the glaring fact that he met a very corrupt economy, throwing blames and pointing accusing fingers is not the way out.
    We all know that it is a tough job bearing the mantle of leadership and ruling a whole nation whose stomach has gotten rotten and is spewing cankerworms of corruption, it is not an easy task, we know. But this is what he signed up for.
    The case of Afrika makes a lot of people very sad even now. But if there is nothing to encourage the youths to come home and work, they won’t. It is a mentality that has lived with us through generations.
    A leader should encourage his people, not discourage them and kill their hopes.
    I am not anti-Buhari neither am in support of anyone. I’m just a young lady praying hard for needed change. I look forward to working in a secure system that cares about the people rather than stay selfish.

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    1. I hear you sister. It is hard not to feel a bit defensive reading the interview. Quite a lot of people feel that way.

      I think the old man is frustrated given we are in a different time now and the lengthy process it takes to bring about justice we all deserve.

      My hope is that criminals especially the looters (not limited to them) would not be let off easily even after they returned funds. We need to know them – this I believe will strengthen hope of Nigeria.

      Have a nice Val!


    2. I have always wondered what will happen if everybody just left Nigeria to seek greener pastures elsewhere? I am not a great fan of folks tendering the “Andrew Check Out” option as the best response to our HUGE problems.

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      1. People emigrate fro various reasons, even with perfect economic and political situations, people still move around, a lot in fact.

        Check this UN report out, pg 18 and 29. Despite that we are the 7th most populated nation, we still do not make it to the top 10 on migration list.

        Our biggest problem is the wealth of the nation being taken away from the country for the lavishness lifestyle of the few.

        If Nigeria’s wealth remains in the country to build infrastructure, social service and education system – people will still move about just like any other nations but there will be less talk about it because most migrants likely will migrate for career of different lifestyle rather than economic escape.

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  4. Dear Fola,

    Thanks for this. I did not know about the interview but I think Buhari is shocked – most of us would be – at the depth of corruption he met despite the fact that he knew, like you and me and everybody, that VERY TERRIBLE THINGS were going on before his time.

    I’m sure he realizes that millions in Nigeria and hundreds of thousands – perhaps even millions – in Diaspora are not only VERY ACTIVELY contributing to Nigeri’s development but are law-abiding and responsible people who bring honor and glory to the fstherland.


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    1. Thank you Mrs Adenle. That was my attitude, I agree that he knew it is only significant number that are very bad.

      Often times I am shocked too because the few criminals despite their flimsy route to all the criminality from money laundering, people smuggling, drug pushing – they still get away with it. They are not so hidden in the community. An example of this was the Arik airline staff who as a air host drove expensive cars, lived in multimillion house and the heart of many socialite group in town – why didn’t anyone think of investigating the guy earlier?

      I do hope PMB do something to make us proud.


    2. Buhari met corruption since his military regime. It seemed like he had forgotten that times have changed when he tried to exercise military power and blot out what was called civilization when he became president. That he is shocked at the rate of corruption cannot possibly be an excuse for his unsolicited speech.

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