President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed pleasure in the conduct of Nigerians resident in the US, who have continued to excel in their chosen fields.
The President made this commendation in Washington at the Presidential Townhall Meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora as he rounded off his participation in the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
He assured them that the Federal Government would continue to support them just as he recently gave approvals for the evacuation of Nigerians from Libya, South Africa, Ukraine, UAE, and India.
President Buhari noted that it was for that reason that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, was established to facilitate interactions with the ambassadors.
The President urged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the country and live in peace among themselves and with their hosts.
President Buhari expressed delight that the representatives were giving back to Nigeria as expected of them, urging them to do more.
“It is gratifying for me to note that many Nigerians in the USA have continued to excel in their careers leading to some persons of Nigerian origin being appointed into the cabinet of H.E. President Joe Biden.
“Similarly, many have been elected/appointed into various responsible and competitive positions in the United States of America. I congratulate those who have brought honour and pride to our country. I thank and commend them for their respective successes as I equally urge them to demonstrate the highest sense of responsibility in order that they continue to remain reference points of excellence as they serve in this country.”
‘‘I understand that in 2021, our diaspora home remittances through official channels stand at Twenty Billion US Dollars ($20bn) which is four times over the value of our Foreign Direct Investment. In addition, many of our diaspora compatriots are actively investing in our Healthcare, Agriculture, Education, Information and Communication Technology, Housing and Real Estate, Transportation, Oil and Gas, and other Services.”
“I must say this is most commendable and in our enlightened collective self interest as only Nigerians both at home and abroad, can develop Nigeria. I am personally proud of you all,” the President said.
President Buhari, who told the gathering that it would be the last time he would be addressing them in a town hall meeting in Washington as President, assured them that the electoral process leading to the election of a new administration was going well.
Chairman of NiDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said that the Diaspora meeting by President Buhari was held in Washington and eulogised the President for his continued support for NiDCOM and being always ready to meet with Nigerians anytime he travelled outside the country.
Highlight of the occasion was the felicitation with President Buhari on the occasion of his 80th birthday and presentation of a portrait to mark the occasion by the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency, Uzoma Emenike .
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Adeniyi Bakare