Buhari never said Nigerians are criminals – Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
The Presidency has reacted to the brouhaha that followed the interpretation of an interview that its number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari granted The Telegraph in UK.
In its response titled the State House described as misconstrued, the various interpretations of Buhari’s comments in The Telegraph newspaper on February 5, 2016.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, February 9, Malam Garba Shehu (Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity) noted that the wave of negative reactions to the President’s remarks about the reputation of Nigerians abroad was a result of an incomplete understanding of President Buhari’s point.
“President Buhari was asked about the flood of migrants from Nigeria and the fraudulent applications for asylum put in by people desperate to leave their motherland at any cost, and it was this question that elicited his response,” he said, encouraging Nigerians to avail themselves of the full text of the interview, which has now been made available on The Telegraph’s website.
Shehu added that it was preposterous for anyone to imagine that the President of Nigeria would describe all the citizens of the country he leads as criminals, when he himself is a Nigerian — obviously not a criminal-and when there are many Nigerians of honest living making their country proud all over the world.
“Unfortunately, there are also Nigerians giving their country a bad image abroad, and it is to those Nigerians that Buhari referred in his comments,” he said, adding that, people may play politics and online games with the President’s comments, but the fact of the matter remains that Nigeria’s reputation abroad has been severely damaged by her own citizens.
“These Nigerians who leave their country to go and make mischief on foreign shores have given the rest of us a bad reputation that we daily …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper