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Some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on fake news about Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Data and Tradition, has insisted that some Nigerians in Diaspora nonetheless depend on platforms that peddle faux information and misinformation about Nigeria.

Mohammed additionally stated that secessionist teams which can be campaigning around the globe for his or her causes have recognized some Nigerians in Diaspora to propagate their faux narratives concerning the nation.

The minister acknowledged this when he obtained members of Nigerians within the Diaspora Group (NIDO), UK Chapter, in Abuja on Tuesday.

He urged NIDO to grab the Initiative from those that are bent on portray Nigeria dangerous within the comity of countries, particularly within the space of insecurity.

The minister additionally implored the group to leverage its contacts in authorities circles, parliamentary teams and international suppose tanks in world capitals to assist change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the ft of secessionist teams, insurgents and anarchists who’re bent on pushing false narratives to painting Nigeria in a nasty mild.

Mohammed stated, “I wish to commend your patriotism and steadfastness, particularly for this Initiative, which is geared toward shining a constructive mild on Nigeria, celebrating the nation and contributing in the direction of a greater Nigeria. That is what patriots do, not badmouthing their nation around the globe.

“The Buhari Administration considers Nigerians in Diaspora as important stakeholders within the Nigerian challenge, therefore has performed the unprecedented by establishing the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NIDCOM), which has been doing job in coordinating and offering an organized system of collaborations of Nigerians in Diaspora. Due to the fee, points affecting Nigerians in Diaspora have been receiving immediate consideration. NIDCOM has additionally ensured that Nigerian in Diaspora are nicely knowledgeable concerning the actions of the federal government. It’s subsequently alarming and disappointing that some Nigerians in Diaspora nonetheless depend on platforms that peddle faux information and misinformation about Nigeria.

“Additionally, every time Mr. President travels exterior the nation, he has made the engagement with Nigerians in his host nation a daily affair, simply as we on the Federal Ministry of Data and Tradition have all the time ensured that we work together with Nigerians after we journey exterior the nation for official functions. Sadly, the avoidable division amongst Nigerians in Diaspora in some nations has hampered such engagements. However we is not going to relent in in search of out and fascinating with patriotic Nigerians in Diaspora.

“It’s in recognition of the relevance of Nigerians in Diaspora that the secessionist teams which can be campaigning around the globe for his or her causes have recognized and are successfully utilizing a few of them (Nigerians in Diaspora) to propagate their faux narratives concerning the nation, along with counting on their monetary contributions to fund their nefarious actions. That is disheartening.

“I subsequently wish to use this chance to enchantment to NIDO to grab the Initiative from those that are bent on portray Nigeria dangerous within the comity of countries. Sure, now we have challenges, particularly within the space of insecurity. However this Administration has not solely acknowledged these challenges, it’s earnestly tackling them. I’m daring to say that no authorities within the historical past of this nation has performed a lot with so little.

“As a substitute of contributing their very own quota to those efforts, all you hear from a piece of Nigerians within the Diaspora and their allies again residence are faux narratives and unfaithful allegations of non secular persecution, political marginalization, human rights abuses, and so on. These are baseless and false. As an organized and nicely linked group, I implore NIDO to leverage its contacts in authorities circles, parliamentary teams and international suppose tanks in world capitals to assist change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the ft of secessionist teams, insurgents and anarchists who’re bent on pushing false narratives to painting Nigeria in dangerous mild. I’ve little question that you’ll take this name severely and do every part in your energy to vary the narrative for the higher.

“On our half as authorities, we’re at the moment re-engineering and ramping up our diplomatic efforts to counter and reverse the narrative, along with countering pervasive anti-government propaganda. “

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