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FG warns Nigerians against traveling to Northern Cyprus

Abike Dabiri-Erewa speaking at the State House, Abuja on August 25, 2022

Nigerians have been cautioned against traveling to Northern Cyprus, following reports that Nigerians were being killed.

Chairman, Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa told State House correspondents in Abuja on Thursday that the federal government was unable to diplomatically resolve issues in the area as Northern Cyprus is not recognised by the global community except Turkey.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa appealed to Nigerians in Diaspora to return home and invest instead, assuring them that their investment would be protected by the government as it was taking steps to address issues of insecurity in the country.

She stressed that the commission recorded over $20b in diaspora remittances for 2021.

Meanwhile the Chairman called on Nigerians to desist from disparaging the image of the country, as such action bars foreign investment and the progress of its citizens.

Appraising the activities of her commission at a media briefing in Abuja, Dabiri-Erewa, expressed displeasure over the difficulties being faced by Nigerians seeking visas, which she attributed to the negative portrayal of the country by some few individuals.

She noted that those who indulged in promoting lies and exaggerations on social and in the traditional media should understand that their handiwork was killing the country and its citizens.

NiDCOM Chairman explained that foreigners and even Nigerians in the diaspora wanting to invest in the country were being dissuaded from doing so by such indecent publications. 

Mrs Dabiri called on Nigerians to be patriotic enough to save and promote their country’s image, observing that outsiders’ perception of Nigeria will propel them into treating Nigerians abroad scornfully. 

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Tina Oyinsan