Obasanjo: Nigerians are united abroad, turn to something else at home  – Daily Trust


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed worry that Nigerians in Diaspora are always united, but turn to something else in their home country.

He also noted that Nigerians abroad always make the country proud due to their sterling performance in their different areas of endeavour.

A statement signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, quoted the former President to have spoken at a reception in the United States of America.

Obasanjo spoke on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Oba (Prof.) Saka Adelola Matemilola, at an Evening Reception, held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

Obasanjo said to be impressed by the unity exhibited among themselves in far away USA, urged the Nigerians in the Diaspora to reciprocrate such togetherness when back in their home-country.

He told the gathering that Nigerians in the Diaspora are making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour and urged them to be good citizens of wherever they are domiciled.

“Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria,” Obasanjo was quoted to have said.

Obasanjo, the Balogun (Prime Minister) of Owu Kingdom however thanked the Rutgers University management for the warm reception accorded the delegation and for the far-reaching engagements.

The event was put together by the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, headed by Professor Bode Ibironke and was attended by the leadership of the university, the representative of Nigeria at the United Nations (UN ) Ambassador (Prof.) Tijanni Muhammed-Bande, top academics from other institutions, including Prof. Akil Khalfani, Director of the Africana Institute of Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey and Prof. Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede.

The delegation held meetings and engagements in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the aim of signing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and forging partnerships and alliances between universities in the United States of America (USA) and some of their counterparts in Nigeria.

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