The Presidency has advised people who criticize Nigeria and its residents from outside the country to stop doing so, stating that they should be patriotic because they have nothing to gain by doing so.
Nigerians who ask for foreign intervention in Nigeria’s affairs, according to the Presidency, are behaving in bad faith.
Following the culmination of the Sallah festivities on Wednesday, July 21, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, issued a statement.
Shehu referred to Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari’s recent statement of calls for “foreign powers to meddle in the internal affairs of the country.”
He cautioned Nigerians to be good ambassadors of Nigeria if they want foreigners to think positively about the country.
The statement reads: “There’s nothing to gain by disparaging your country overseas. Every citizen must respect their nation. Those countries they go to and say bad things about Nigeria, their citizens dare not do that.
“When they go outside, they speak well of their nation. They are ambassadors of their own country. They are salesmen for their nations. Why do we go out and tell the worst stories of our own country?
“I think that Nigerians have to change. If we don’t love this country and if we don’t promote it, nobody will do it for us. This is very clear from the message Governor (Aminu) Masari (of Katsina State) issued a few days ago.