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#NigeriansAreNotCriminals – Senator Ben-Murray Bruce Leads Social Media to Slam President Buhari’s UK Telegraph Interview

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Buhari BNIn an interview President Muhammadu Buhari gave to UK Newspaper, the Telegraph, he condemned Nigerians that have given the country a bad reputation abroad. Here’s the part of the article most people are raving mad about –

Muhammadu Buhari, the tough ex-general elected last year, said those who had joined the migrant exodus to Europe were doing so purely for economic reasons rather than because they were in danger.

He added that because of the number of Nigerians imprisoned for law-breaking in Britain and elsewhere, they were also unlikely to get much sympathy.

“We have an image problem abroad and we are on our way to salvage that”

“Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking,” he told The Telegraph.

“I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home, where their services are required to rebuild the country.”

Although published only on Friday evening, the article already has over 250 comments on their website and spurred a hash tag #NigeriansAreNotCriminals that was trending all night.

Reactions started pouring in on social media, led by media mogul and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce

102 Comments

  1. bruno

    February 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

    buhari are u crazy. how can u say something like this about ur people to a foreigner newspaper. u are the president for crying out loud. why would u slander ur people like this to a British newspaper.

    to me I feel buhari’s tribalism kicked in. he was probably referring to igbo people when talking about drug trafficking . reading the statement u can clearly see it. That’s why he was so hateful in his statements. once a tribalist always a tribalist.

    • FasholasLover

      February 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

      My surprise is that you are just realising this. Some of us here already expressed our concerns in the early days of this administration when he yarned dust in America. This is what a nation gets when an illiterate old man is forced down the throat of her citizenry. In a sane clime how will this dullard become a democratically elected anything? The greed of politicians/power by any means possible foisted this disaster on Nigeria.

      His sponsors must be flummoxed but shame will not let them speak up. Liar Mohammed and the two media retards do not count.

    • nene+

      February 8, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Foolishness is when you hawk your mother’s food, and screams that your mother is a witch…… who will buy????
      He is spending our monies touring round the world and badmouthing same tax payers???

      What do you expect from someone who should have been in the museum telling 1950 stories to visiting Lebanese?

      Enjoy your change tho!

    • k-Group

      February 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      bruno – What you say is a reflection of who you are. If you think Buhari’s statement was tribalistic, then you know the rest.

      The President should not have said that. No one should talk his people down. There are ways of telling the truth without outright damning of a people. We need help.

    • Nigerian

      February 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      WELL I will rather be Igbo anyday than be BOKO HARAM infested northerners that are busy committing atrocious acts, killing, burning and maiming innocent souls daily in the North and beyond!! DEAL WITH THAT MR PRESIDENT !!!!

  2. Busarni

    February 7, 2016 at 8:37 am

    what else do you expect from a daura dullard; nothing he says or does surprises me anymore. 2019 soon come abeg….

    • kadara

      February 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

      I was watching Being Mary Jane the other day and her friend was coming to Nigeria to report on Boko Haram. He was telling her don’t worry he’ll be in touch , there’s Skype in Nigeria. You know what Mary Jane said ” stop pretending like that’s what Nigerian’s use the internet for” , she went on to describe a scam email she got recently. You will never hear them say such about Ghana or SA but Nigeria. The producers of that show didn’t get that from Buhari . The day dailymail reported about the Nigerian lecturer that supposedly won the maths solving thing, come and see shameful comments about Nigerians and scam.Nigerians hate the truth and until we start to tell ourselves the truth we will never change. Which is why i like Buhari, like all old people they will tell you the truth no matter whose ox is gored .

    • Different Shades of Nigerian

      February 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Which country has the highest number of people in prison = America!!! Which country has the highest ratio of people in prison per capital? America carry second!! Nigeria aint even on the top 30 list!

      Ditto bruce: if you think you are a criminal, who am I to diasgree. No one in my family or generation has ever been in prison (same goes for most of my friends) so we are not criminals.

      If Mary Jane or any god forsaken TV show calls my country men criminals, I will throw the facts right back at them.

    • Onyinyechi

      February 7, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Does that give Buhari the so called president the impetus to call Nigerians names? His is a dullard for real. Watch other presidents the way they talk about their citizenry? Is crime peculiar to Nigerians? May God save Nigerians from the jaws of Buhari.

    • H

      February 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Ok so whose responsibility is it to make them change that view? Some Americans also think that Nigeria is war torn, poor, filled with only huts and lions etc Is that a reflection of the whole of Nigeria? Not every Nigerian is a criminal and his statements hurt those people. His job is to work on equipping EFCC and law enforcement agencies to prevent criminal activity. Is the Uk not well equiped to combat crime? Was he trying to somehow exclude himself by saying that? They must have thought him a fool. Well I use internet for skype and not scams so if someone said that to me I would defend my country. I dont know why Buhari would say that. If GEJ said that be honest with yourself you would be ranting yet some people choose to always make excuses for this man that he didnt ask for

  3. Chi

    February 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Not ALL Nigerians are criminals but there are definitely some well publicised ones

    I agree Nigerians have an image problem abroad

    PMB speaks the truth, why the rush to crucify him?

    • kadara

      February 7, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Thank you jare, so who are the criminals everyone claims not to be criminals yet Nigerians are getting caught for different crimes all over the world everyday. Instead of getting hurt and making noise on twitter about getting called criminals how about we put that energy into changing our Image all over the world. Buhari simply said what majority of the world thinks of us

    • Celeste

      February 7, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Anyone defending Buhari over his comment is a much more dullard than he is. Those words were very stupid coming from a president. No sensible leader speaks in such a manner about his people, period! #I’mANigerianNotACriminal

    • OfiliSpeaks

      OfiliSpeaks

      February 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Not ALL American are criminals but there are definitely some well publicized ones laundering Africa’s stolen money”

      You still won’t see Obama telling Africans in Africa that Americans are criminals.

    • Otony

      February 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      America doesn’t have image issues outside America, Nigeria does. Buhari never said all Nigerians are criminals, he talked about drug traffickers and co giving Nigeria a bad name. You should also know that many Nigerians joined the migrants heading into Europe with war as an excuse. Nigeria has a poor image abroad and we need to first accept that fact as a nation before we can solve it. Tell anyone abroad that you are Nigerian and they look at you as someone who is mischievous.

    • Different Shades of Nigerian

      February 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      @Otony: who is responsible for correcting the image problem? Who??? When a president can say this about his country men why wont others ridicule us. I will need a whole bella naija page to write about how I was conned by Americans in America!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 7, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      But, @Otony, we need to realise the underlying reason why Nigerians seem messed up and that stems mainly from the fact that THE BLOODY LEADERS of this country, from time immemorial, have actively mismanaged the country and turned it into a zoo/free-for-all.

      I don’t excuse any criminal behaviour that certain Nigerians display internationally but any bad image we’ve cultivated, has its origins in bad leadership, which our incredibly obtuse president seems unwilling to take responsibility for.

      Anyway, I can’t blame Buhari since he seems to actively surround himself with armed robbers – such as his dear friend IBB, one of the greatest criminals of all time, who’s now living a lavish and free life in Minna…

  4. Andrew

    February 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Dunce of a president..How dare you slate your own citizens like that in a foreign interview. Mumu of life

  5. Yewande

    February 7, 2016 at 8:44 am

    But is PMB lying?

    • Odi

      February 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      But didn’t he reward some of these criminals with ministerial slots and top shot positions? Doesn’t that make him a criminal as well. My fren shut up jor.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 7, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Bless you.

    • Iris

      February 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      He isn’t completely lying. However PMB made promises within timelines that haven’t been kept. His economic decisions regarding the naira are not the best for the country. Yet if an ambassador of Nigeria went outside the country and called him slow and incompetent it would be a problem. How can our own president go out and bash his people like that? He has just given license to any immigration officer at any border to treat Nigerians like shit – after all our president has endorsed their prejudice. The fact is that leaders of these countries he is going to to yarn dust in would never say this about their own people and their own people commit crimes too. Scams did not begin with Nigerians. I’m just in shock. Like really, who DOES this?

    • uche

      February 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Mexicans and Cubans are known for drug trafficking, yet their president didnt sell them out like this.

    • Shade

      February 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      I bet he isn’t lying about you and your ilk, Yewus!

  6. Exclusive

    February 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Such superior eyesight. You can clearly see that he meant Igbo people? This is how we cause unrest and suspicion amongst ourselves. Yes, he could have been more tactful but please, do not make this into something it’s not. And nawa for this Mr Bruce, riling youths upandan on social media. Like that’s what we need right now as a nation.

    • kilipot

      February 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Please stop it. Don’t make this tribal. I beg of you

    • OfiliSpeaks

      OfiliSpeaks

      February 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Are Igbo people the only ones that travel abroad? I don’t understand how people find tribalism in areas it does not even exist. sigh.

  7. Cher

    February 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I was over him [PMB] before he started …

    I suppose Fashola isn’t a theif either …

    Did he mention how Nigerians are most educated in other countries amongst blacks ? It’s always easy to point out the bad .

    Buhari could call us all elephants tomorrow and that Omojowa person would agree and say elephants gave birth to us .

    I actually applaud Mr.Bruce .

  8. whydontpeoplehavesensethisearlysundaymorning

    February 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I’m sorry did we just read the same article? Did Buhari not just speak the truth.!!!! We say these things to our friends and family how Nigerians abroad are seen in a certain light. Where did tribalism come into this now. I just tire for una o. Did he say ALL Nigerians are criminals?

  9. Nnenna

    February 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

    He didn’t even say all Nigerians are criminals. he didn’t make tribalistic comments. But Oga Bruce why rile us up???PMB didn’t lie. Focus on making life better for your constituency. social media is not work. people will now bring Igbo people into this when we were jejely on our own. Happy Sunday oh. Smh

  10. Chiemeka Ugo

    February 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

    You see, when this so called Yoruba demons was packaging this old fool in the name of branding and telling us thag he has changed blah blah blah. I was screaming and telling people around me that this old maggot of a man will the worst mistake Nigerians will make. And this up here is one of the testimony of such conversion. How can you call the people that you govern criminals and you call yourself a president. This man is the same mistake that imo people made by voting rochas okorocha back as governor. The hardship in this country is crazy. Car theft has now become the norm of the day in Abuja. Am sure that if it was jonathan that made this kind of statement as president, Nigerians would have called for his head dead or alive. But now no one can say anything even the stupid omujuwa. All these self imposed social media and youth activists. Your people are suffering and your busy globe trooting round the world and on top it have the mind to say that you are going for vacations. This shows that the man does not care at all. You presented a useless budget to Nigerians and the useless Yoruba finance minister is yet to defend the budget in the house of assembly as it is normally done. The hardship now is worst than when Jonathan was president self. Forget about him saying the right thing that Nigerians are criminals but when your president goes to a foreign country and makes such statement then that is a big problem. Have you ever heard the president of south Africa address his citizens like this way or even Ghana self? Who is this man media team self don’t the tell him the level of bad image slandering that he is doing. God 2019 right now js too far but please we need serious intervention.

    • Onome

      February 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      So it is “Yoruba Demons” that solely voted Buhari? Just them? You are a tribalist. Your comment is unnecessary and idiotic. You Igbo’s will be the first to accuse people of being tribalist but will be the first to start the drama. You can make your point without talking nonsense. Be accurate!

    • moha

      February 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Bella Naija, I replied Chiemeka Ugo over two hours ago but you guys refused to publish mine. You’ve lost one follower. Its OK for him to call PMB a maggot/fool and I cannot say the same to him? You are biased to the core.

    • Hauwa

      February 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Mocha are you minding BN, I replied Chiemeka 5 hours ago and they refused to post my comment. I don’t understand how Chiemeka’s comment is okay, but replies to his/her senseless comment will be screened. Such a biased and useless site. I’m done with BN, I hope you guys don’t go lower than you’ve already gone.

    • Uzemoya

      February 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      BN, I really cannot stand this ridiculous website! You allow someone post an inappropriate comment about a tribe, but you screen comments when people want to reply the dimwit.
      Hey Chiemeka, or whatever you’re called, are “Yoruba demons” the only tribe that voted Buhari? I see you’re a tribalist as your comment is just too irrational, unreasonable and irrelevant. You can make your point and be logical without being a hopeless tribalist. Gosh, some of you Igbo people start drama and controversial tribal war(s) and get upset when people offend your tribe or get even with you. So your point now is Yoruba people are the reason why Buhari is President? Are you kidding me? Do yourself a favor and get yourself a damn brain. Even went as far as calling them so-called. I hate people like you. They’re talking about a President insulting his country and you took it to ethnicity, what a loser. BN if you like don’t post my comment. What a hopeless and pessimistic website. I will never understand why you stand for what’s wrong and controversial, then disregard what’s adequate and ideal. I’m over this site, suck a joke.

    • Hauwa

      February 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      “useless Yoruba finance minister “.
      Wow! You are a pathetic tribalist.

  11. Gbemi

    February 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Did we all read the same article … Because I didn’t see any part he said All Nigerians are criminals .. It’s a well known fact that we have image issues , and now he is sayin we are working to change that … Was he meant to lie that all is well .. Even a blind man knows all is not well … Pls lets be realistic jare

  12. woohaa

    February 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Buhari is a funny man- he is yet to spend a whole 2 months in Nigeria to tackle problems at home that make Nigerians want to run away and then misrepresent the country abroad. Rather he has become some type of anti- Nigeria ambassador making utterances of his OWN country that would be not be said by any self respecting citizen about his own people anywhere else around the world.

    Do us all a favor- stop insulting your people, come back, help the economy, help us mend our historical wounds, create laws and policies that allow transparency, accountability, and growth, use everything at your disposal INCLUDING the judiciary, the people, the legislatives (not for your own personal gain or gain for a few but for the COUNTRY), if its corruption you want to keep focusing on make the fight wholesome- no point villyfying a few and letting others go because they will go and breed little corrupt practices in their family, daily life which will eventually spread and infect others.

    Help change the image of Nigeria by making it a functional place rather than a going around saying this and that. At the end of the day you’re Nigerian and the world will see you as thus. You insult us, you insult yourself too.

  13. E.A

    February 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Some of you are unbelievable what don’t you understand. Your government basically told the world we are criminal, I don’t care if he meant some or everybody. All he had to say was of course like any other NATIONS with citizens abroad there are some individuals that unfortunately do not abide with the law. But I know my people to be fearless, hardworking, determined to success by millions everybody. Even in abroad they continue to prove this, By being often listed as one of the most educated migrants abroad, this reflected in our culture, that no matter what challenges we face as a NATION we always come top. How simple was that, I get some of you are PMB fan but you do not have to support everything he stands for. To be honest this says a lot about a country that allowed a former dictatorship to be president.

  14. temitee

    February 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    This Buhari is just one dull guy I am sorry to say and I can’t believe that people are trying to justify his comments …asking stupid questions like is he lying, yes he is lying. He is a liar! Is it new? Nigerians generally do not have a bad reputation abroad Biko….I live in the UK and I know that where I stay Nigerians are known for hard work and intelligence …infact they tell our children …you’ll probably be doctors because Nigerians are intelligent ….any body that says Nigerians are corrupt or whatever is being stereotypical …….now check the population of Nigerians in the UK and compare to the so called few criminals and tell me the percentage. These are the arguments he should come up with instead he is running his country men down in a foreign land…..but really does he know better…. They should come back to what ? When companies are laying off their staff everyday. So after telling people all these rubbish how do you expect them to invest in Nigeria and Nigerians, how to you expect them to treat Nigerians abroad…Shame!!!…..by the way what exactly is he doing in the UK? Aren’t there resorts where one can enjoy a 5 day break or aren’t there hospitals in Nigeria that can carry out basic checkups? Mstchewwww

  15. 'Deola

    February 7, 2016 at 10:11 am

    he is lying and about time we accept we voted for this man not because he was qualified, but out of convenience, political arrangement and wishful thinking. We have not yet admitted that a lot of work needs to be done to save Nigeria. The man is tired, incompetent and the presidency is above his pay grade in this modern, technological advanced and news savvy times.

    Nigerians were sold a bad product and we fell for it.

  16. ajoke

    February 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Abeg if this guy is tired or overwhelmed he should just step aside for Osinbajo, so Nigeria can move forward ……doesn’t look like he has anything to offer….at least I speak the truth like Buhari….

    • M' Sallam

      February 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Osibanwhooooo? Joker much? NEVER will that happen. Even if PMB dies sef! You think the north are so foolish to let that repeat itself? N*E*V*E*R!

  17. Magurl

    February 7, 2016 at 10:28 am

    God bless you Ben Bruce Jare…applauding you sir! there is no age limit to the use of Twitter …it’s all good as long as it’s for a worthy cause. If your fathers can’t use twitter then don’t blame fathers that can…..nothing childish about his twits….lobatan!

  18. xag

    February 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Lol. When the truth hits home, Nigerians play denial games “no it cannot be us”, “there’s something else out there worse than us”. Did you people read the actual article in the Telegraph and read the comments below from British people and other non-Nigerians? Shame for catch una. We live in one big bubble. The only landscape where Nigerians are believed to be better than anyone else is a mental one, in our own minds, to the rest of the world we have a big image problem, forget about the ones that work and suffer past this image problem to succeed. From Malaysia to the U.K, its fraud and evil deeds Nigerians are largely known for. The only places where Nigerians are mostly known for academics and hard work is the United States and Canada. U.K is like 50/50. But as for the rest of the world from Ghana to Equatorial Guinea, we are all criminals. When we start fixing the problems at home rather than expecting the world to treat us different because we are mighty in our own minds, then we can start to talk.

  19. xag

    February 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

    For every one Nigerian that has made it in legitimate enterprise out West or in the Eastern parts of the world, there are probably like 10 to 20 other Nigerians doing things the crooked way. The problem is we live in one big bubble. Because you went to Ivy League or Russell Group universities and landed a plush job at a Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 firm and you know at least 30 other Nigerians like you, you feel this is the norm. You discount those ones who cross the Sahara desert to get to Europe, those who get a short term Schengen visa, land in Europe and disappear, the people on two week tourist visas to the UAE, who decide not to return. The online fraudsters who rush to Malaysia on some weak student visas to continue their game. How do they all make a living? We all live in big bubbles that stop in Abuja, Lagos and some other big capitals, when you leave the comfort of your home to go and see what is happening in the “real Nigeria” then you will realize there is a big problem and a global image problem. Leave upscale shopping and living in London and go to Peckham and see your people, leave Sandton in Jo-burg and head for Hillbrow, leave Downtown Dubai and head for Deira, when you’ve seen your people at work, then come and talk about image problems being a lie.

    • "Deola

      February 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      I thoroughly agree with your argument, especially on the idea that if we fix our problem locally, then we can repair our image problem.. Nigerians, we, are socialised in such a way that it has created a denial society that frantically feeds on photoshopped images of reality. This has become a national obsession.

      Yet, the president of the country is there to provide a vision, I mean a way forward and to help us define a way forward in a way that is inspirational enough to energise us and not bad stamp us. If you are father, will you go about shouting to all your neigbours and friends that you have bred prostitutes and drug smugglers? I don’t thiink so.

      This Buhari man does not understand the global landscape. He does not understand the weight on Nigeria to help define the way for the black man the world over. Black people are fuc-ked not just the Nigerian variety, but go through urban cities in the United States and Canada and in Britain and see the plight of the black man, not just Nigerians.

      The Somalis ( even though they may claim not to be blacks) getting killed in the drug wars in oil patches in Canada. The South Sudanese families facing similar experiences and the Jamaicans who have created notorious neighbourhoods like Finch in Toronto in Canadian cities.

      And what about the black on black crime in cities acrosss America? Nigerians are really more like an elixir for other blacks and there is a black conciousness and the love of self from the churches, films, music and culture exported by Nigerians. This is the nuance in the stupid comments from Mr President. Get me?

  20. Xaynerb

    February 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I have been going through this interview to find where the word criminal was written but I can’t find one ! And what Mr president Said is true it’s not a lie ……. go this coumtries and c how many Nigerians are in prison only then will u understand

  21. Kike

    February 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Mr Buhari what about the milliins of Nigerians who keep the British/American/Canadian/Australian medical services working? The second generation children winning Olympic medals, music and acting awards? The Nigerians in the diaspora who take their hard earned money back to Nigeria to invest and employ Nigerians. The Nigerians abroad who do what the Nigerian state should be doing and pay for the education and health of their relatives back home?

    Mr Buhari your problem might be you know very few people who’ve been forced to relocate abroad so like the rest of the right wing foreign press your only knowledge is of the criminal making headlines.

    To those saying Buhari is speaking the truth, if President Zuma had said it would you not be up in arms? Presidents dont do this period! Would you hear the President of India saying such about his diaspora? How are you going to reaffirm degrading stereotypes and in the same article say these diasporans should come home to build the country or attract foreign investors. This was a PR fail!!

  22. kilipot

    February 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    But Buhari spoke thee truth ( the only problem i see here is just his bluntness)
    Errr Dear Mr Ugo, I wonder if people like you get paid for being tribalistic.
    See how you failed at attempting to cover your hatred for the Yoruba people. You so stink of tribalism. Yoruba people this, Yoruba people that, exactly why can u just let them be. Why didn’t you package your own kind of candidate.
    Jonathan lost. Get over it.

    All you know how to do is to sulk, cry and criticize like a spoilt baby. Never at the fore-front of politics and just want everybody to lick your behind and serve u everything on a platter, Aint nobody got time for that

    Best you start finding a “smarter” candidate in 2019 so that the Yoruba’s can vote for him ( that is if u haven’t actualized the Biafran Dream) Iranu.

  23. Exclusive

    February 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Chiemeka Ugo – *sighs* On this beautiful Sunday, you want to make it a Yoruba versus Igbo match. Issalie! No acidic words fashioned against us shall prosper.

    Yoruba demons, maggots? Your mouth needs a serious wash. You’re spewing so much garbage, it’s amazing you don’t feel the stench.

  24. Opeyemi

    February 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Ben Murray Bruce is a classic idiot!
    This twisting of buhari’s comment is absolutely NOT necessary…
    @benbruce, It is a crime to look like Obama and think like Obanikoro

  25. A Real Nigerian

    February 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

    LOL. Stupid Nigerians always hate to hear the truth. That is why this wretched, backward, decaying nation will never get better.
    The average Nigerian is always looking for a way to cheat his/her way to success.
    And when you tell them the truth, they begin to cry, lie and deny.
    I can see that the igbo thieves who are still bitter about Biafra and moaning because they have been politically alienated are out in full force.
    This country is hopeless. Look at the amount of stupid, ignorant people in this comments section who are attacking this man because he told the truth about the country and its fraudulent citizens.
    Deceitful, shallow, vain, superficial, lawless, greedy, inept and wicked criminals with low standards and zero ethics who cover their atrocities by practising false religion. That’s what Nigerians are.
    Disgusting set of people. *spits*

  26. baby geh sipping tea

    February 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    PMB is the President, the CEO of Nigeria and hence her Chief Marketing officer. Every Nation has bad eggs, Nigeria is not an exception. In International Forums, Citizens expect their President to sell the positive sides of their country not highlight her shortcomings. There is a stereotype against the average Nigerian, this stereotype is unfair to decent hardworking citizens trying to get by. Doesn’t the US have police brutality and racial tension? Doesn’t India have a rape problem? Ever heard Obama or Modi make denigrating statements about their citizens on international platforms. Does this make them less honest than PMB. Diplomacy backed with measured utterances is a key skill in international relations. Any statement that is unnecessary should not be made in international circles. What was the statement supposed to achieve? To what end was it made?

    We have a reputation problem owing to a few bad eggs, this is not in doubt but i do not expect Mr president to highlight these shortcomings at every single opportunity he gets.

    Anyway this is typical PMB, Fela sang about this same issue in the 80’s
    “Na Nigerian “government, ee-oh
    Dem dey talk be dat
    “My people are us-e-less, My people are sens-i-less, My people lack discipline” – (Check out Beast of no nation by Fela on YouTube)

    It would have been nice for PMB to say “I know there is a stereotype that Nigerians are criminals but there are many of our citizens who are hardworking and making a decent living (put in a few examples) I understand that these bad eggs are overshadowing the honest efforts of the average Nigerian but my government is willing to cooperate with other foreign nations to ensure these bad eggs are brought to book”

    You cant be asking for foreign investment on one hand and further driving home a negative stereotype on the other hand. Wisdom is profitable to direct….

    • Sarah

      February 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you for the positive criticism of the interview. It’s people like you that Buhari needs in his cabinet as PR consultants.

    • nnenne

      February 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks @ baby geh sipping tea
      The best comment made so far.
      Tribalism is the reason why only few people are liking your comment.
      They chose Buhari so he can’t do wrong!

      Time will tell who is right or wrong.

  27. baby geh sipping tea

    February 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    One more thing that we shouldn’t forget is that PMB as a military dictator was behind the drugging and attempted kidnap of Umaru Dikko in 1984. Isn’t it ironic that today he believes he has the moral standing to call out Nigerians for having a criminal reputation. Last time I checked drugging and attempted kidnap was a crime……overthrowing a democratically elected government is treason and in many sane climes, he wouldn’t be walking free…..lets not talk about his complicity in the revenge killings in July 1966…….our memories are short, Nigerians forget too soon.

    I pray that one day, the world will know why Dasuki is really in jail. I also pray that the infamous “Dubai tape” will be released, then you will all know indeed that it is the people who are quick to call out the “criminal reputation” of others who are the true criminals.

    • huh

      February 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      continue sipping tea while dasuki distributes all the money meant for you and future generations away. Can’t people just be objective for once?!

  28. Adams

    February 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Truly there are nigerians who tarnish our image outside the shores of nigeria………but i dont think any thinking and wise president would throw his own citizens to the dust that way.

  29. Zandyzay

    February 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Baby geh sipping tea for president!!!! The only one who saw a problem n proffered a solution!!!

  30. Fyfi Salty

    February 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    You don’t talk about your own citizens like that in a foreign land period!!! Just because he speaks the truth doesn’t mean the Americans or Britain sees him any different. The likes of Umar Farouk Abdul (the terror suspect from 2009) or ex politicians held in the UK for frauds committed in Nigeria are the reasons why we ended up on the black list. Many Underwriting Insurance business in the UK uses Nigeria as an examples for anti bribery e-learning courses/training….very sad!! As long as you hold a Nigerian passport equally makes you a Criminal Mr President….Smh!!!

    “Nigeria’s president has warned his fellow citizens to stop trying to make asylum claims in Britain, saying that their reputation for criminality has made it hard for them to be “accepted” abroad…” He added that because of the number of Nigerians imprisoned for law-breaking in Britain and elsewhere, they were also unlikely to get much sympathy.”Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking,”Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking,” he told The Telegraph. I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home, where their services are required to rebuild the country.”

    We have a long way from change,so help us God!!

  31. hezekina pollutina

    February 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    truth hurts.

  32. Enkayz

    February 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    How disappointing to actually see people say the president said the truth. People kill people in the states everyday for no reason and commit crimes everyday. Infact it so depressing to listen to local news . But I haven’t even heard an ordinary American not to talk of Obama acknowledging that most Americans are murderers.
    And someone even compared what happened on being Mary jane to what PMB said. Really??? Writers of maryjane do not have any state in Nigeria .
    God should just bless PMB with wisdom bcos at the end of the day , he is still our president.

    And for those trying to put common sense senator down, you are still part of what is wrong with this country. Opposition is key for the success of democracy. These people need to be checked, everyone can’t be worshipping the ground the step on.

  33. Progressives

    February 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Ben Bruce is very shallow minded and myopic and nothing he says surprises me… If you read the article it is nothing short of the truth… Our image as a nation has been tainted… Ben wake up to reality and please take all your pro bono ‘common sense’ to the house floor…

  34. concerned9ja

    February 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    We migth not like it but this is the uncomfortable truth….recall my stint in a Hedge Fund Firm during our induction we were shown different countries they weren’t trading with and Nigeria was up there and this was like 8 years ago.
    Was a daily joke…bringing me to notice email scams and my opinion on it and we only had 2 Nigerians in there.
    You look for a job and people are thinking can this person be trusted and many have been turned down from getting positions where the data is sensitive.
    In the UK it’s almost a weekly thing about one fraudulent activity or the other and we now breeding boys that just kill each other over postcodes in 9ja terms “My Area”.
    Nigerians in jail in so many far flung countries like China..Singapore..Vietnam,..Thailand..Brazil..most of Europe haba!!
    Attacks on women is another problem area ..
    Have you been to Bayelsa ?…Dude Mr Bruce sure you got better things to do in your constituency.
    Buhari spefically spoke of Asylum seekers and the criminal element.
    Did you all miss the story of the Nigerian being persecuted in Cologne that left libya to Germany as a refugee…is that honest?
    Let’s not pretend we know all this…Buhari just delivered it without all the fancy trimmings.
    The truth as they say is bitter

  35. concerned9ja

    February 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    However Americans commit those crimes on their on soil..in their own backyard..every country has those problems internally.
    Some just have it more than others

  36. phoenixceleste

    February 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    It’s so disheartening why my people can’t comprehend simple sentences.but you tend to wonder why such comments are coming from people of the south east,a fifteen year old boy actualy knows that PMB said the truth.there is no denying the fact that Nigerians are known for such vices all over the world so what’s the castigation all about?do you think the whole wide world is blind!the arms deal alone is enough to silent you people forever but you suffer amnesia.the Ndigbos are obviously still in shock for gej’s loss and only fools will blame PMB for the current economic woes because Nigeria was already in a pit before he took over and would have been worse had he not won.all we need now is strong institutions in place and only aladin could do that in no time.the ibos should blame their leaders for the level of development in their region rather than being unnecessarily sympathetic and sentimental here.how did your gej affect your region while he was there?the se is just a confused race!

    • Celeste

      February 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      What has this post got to do with Igbos? You are a tribal bigot! Go away!

  37. ceezy

    February 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Read what Mr.  President said and understand it first before you  lash out your disappointment and  regrets which is understandable . But It is no longer a hidden truth that the word NIGERIA OR NIGERIAN, if you are resident outside the mother land (country) means mischief.  Even a fellow Nigerian HATES his or her fellow Nigerian both locally and internationally. Then, talk about living abroad not leaving o!-so longer as you are a naija citizen; yorubas, igbos or hausas and other: nigerian, you are a criminal that’s the popular believe, Irrespective of those doing and living decent and honest life style. What am I saying, if you come out to tell me that your home smells and expect me to pay you a visit or allow anybody I know to do so or probably continue to associate with you or expect me to keep quite about it; in a case where i envy you or looking for an opportunity to take you down or hate your guts then you think little of me because If i have alot to gain. Yes, call a spade a spade but with diplomacy pls; people will call me your friend instead of ruing my good reputations therefor I rather stay further away from you and disassociate myself from anything about you to SAVE my IMAGE first even if I know your are doing the right thing to get or share same problem as you. IMAGE, they say is everything. That’s what I understand from the utterances. Wisdom is not intelligence. I won’t act like I am not bothered about our IMAGE but is criticism the best way to go about HEALING our land? The last time I checked. we ALL are still Nigerians! enough of the hate let’s unite and fight our common enemy and let’s tolerate one another in the kindest of ways, let what binds us as one be greater than what is breaking us because What affects you, affects me as a nation. Now back to the topic; my view- the number one citizen of a country as big as Nigeria, slipped a little” there won’t be much sympathy on his citizens living outside his shores with the green passport, Weather they are convicted of crime or innocent, because we have a bad i (image reputable for crimes. that’s alarming, I said so not because I support crime or I’ve ever been part of any of what’s so ever kind but it says a lot on  how much a Nigerian  life outside the shores of the country matters to this government. Likes of America, SA,  and CANADA will go to any length to protect its citizen no matter what so long as they are outside their countries and they’d never lay much emphasis on the level of crime they’ve committed they’d hide away from international eyes and clean it up neatly to promote their image and protect it. Yes, it’s an obvious fact we have a bad image and reputation but this is not the best way to go about it, it’s obvious SOME NIGERIANS (yoruba’s igbo and Hausas ) are involved in crimes but it doesn’t define a whole nation because These are well know facts now it’s equally obviously that academically Nigerians are amongst the best all around the world, we work hard for our money and we value human lives more than anything :religiously, none like us. Those are our good qualities which are being overshadowed by how we destroy them by our utterances. Just like other nations,with good and bad reputation and problems but you never hear them speak loudly and  disgracefully about (beccause the problem is not pointing them out! Yes, Noting your problems and identifing with them is good but how you go about doing that in the public really matters alot especially  when politics  and image issues are involved) Their bad reputation rather they work at it and go about being full of praises for the little good they do. Why cant we learn from those?

    Just like @E.A said…..(our) government basically told the world we are criminals, I don’t care if he meant some or everybody. All he had to say was of course like any other NATIONS with citizens abroad there are some individuals that unfortunately do not abide with the law. But I know my people to be fearless, hardworking, determined to success by millions everybody. Even in abroad they continue to prove this.
    By being often listed as one of the most educated migrants abroad, this reflected in our culture, that no matter what challenges we face as a NATION we always come top. How simple was that, I get some of you are PMB fan but you do not have to support everything he stands for. To be honest this says a lot about a country that…. (voted the present government in.

    Just Like @temitee Said,..  come back to what ? When companies are laying off their staffs everyday. So after telling people all these rubbish how do you expect them to invest in Nigeria and Nigerians, how do you expect them to treat Nigerians abroad…what exactly is he (Mr . president doing in the UK? Aren’t there resorts where one can enjoy a 5 day break or aren’t there hospitals in Nigeria that can carry out basic checkups? (are they? Isn’t it why we voted him in?)

    There is every truth in the utterance but I strongly believe this is not the best measure to tackle the issue  because i feel like this will be the highest form of disregard and disrespect to all NIGERIANS good or bad especially good Nigerians in diaspora…

  38. Jaj

    February 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    All suicide bombers are muslim but does that make all muslim suicide?

  39. Sankarawe

    February 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    NIGERIANS Are Criminals. Hands down. Thieves INFACT. I used to joke with my ibo girl and tell her Nigeria is an AFRICAN country that creates the best possible women for men to marry! And naturally occurring men criminals. But it wouldn’t be Nigeria if it was ANYOTHER way ?! Ey’

    Nigeria to other AFRICANS has the reputation of that place where Crazy greedy people walk the streets.

  40. concerned9ja

    February 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Bella where is my first comment…no tribalism..no swearing…yet you didn’t post it…c’mon now this is a joke!!

  41. nnenne

    February 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    The same Nigerians living abroad are the ones toiling night and day , wiring hard earned currencies to take care of citizens that Buhari has no plans for.
    They are the reason Nigerian economy did not collapse in Abacha’s regime. A regime Buhari was part of.

    Sad to hear a PRESIDENT say this of his country men.

  42. nnenne

    February 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Sanjarawe.. That does not include my father, brothers, husband, brother in laws, father in law etc.
    Tell, where the hail do you come from. Let’s talk about it. Nonesense!!!!!

  43. huh

    February 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    It was quite an unnecessary statement in my opinion, sometimes it is best to keep quiet than say certain things.

    That aside, even me as a Nigerian I am VERY SKEPTICAL of associating with Nigerians here in the UK unless they are people I know / have known quite well cos frankly too many crime features in the London Metro have been Nigerian names. Nigerians need to change their ways. that is the bitter truth. We have a bad reputation which is well earned, cocaine, fraud, we are always there. Did anyone not read about the Kelvin Okusanya gang just this last week, did you read the amount those guys siphoned?

  44. mabel

    February 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Nice. So it’s safe to say Buhari and his generations are criminals and a lot of you here who support him are criminals and your family members too, let’s not forget that. It is now Naija will see hardship. Please after this, who in their right mind will want to invest in Nigeria? For everyone that supported this statement, may your blessing pass you by because the person to bless sees you as a criminal because you are Nigerian. No? You don’t know how weighty this statement by your president is?Omojuwa be ready because you have just agreed to be a criminal. Will an onyibo differentiate one Nigerian from another? Now that your president has told them you are criminals, plus him o, aisha o, zarah o etc are criminals in the sight of those he’s trying to please. Okpo president.

    • Shandi

      February 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Your blessing will pass you by. For sure. Definitely goes back to you. You know you can carefully make your point without cursing? My goodness, what kind of human beings do we have in this world?

  45. #Iamnigerianiamnotacriminal

    February 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Buhari is the real criminal for lying to for giving fake election promises and not fulfilling them. What scam is worse than jobbing an entire nation???

    #BuhariistherealCriminal

    #He lied to Nigerians during his election campaigns with fake promises

    #He does not value the life of the average Nigerian,his body language and attitude towards the Chibok parents

    #He has devalued our naira more than ever before

    #He has corrupt ministers in his cabinet,he promised there wont be any corrupt politician in his cabinet

    #Abacha is not a criminal but Nigerians are criminals

    #Buhari stealing through budget is criminal

    #We only hear about our situation from what he says to foreign media

    If you do not know anything about International diplomacy then you wont know how denting this statement from Buhari is,it will have a direct impact on you living inside and outside Nigeria even to the price of the garri you drink!

  46. stephanie

    February 7, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Amazing! Nigerians are so afraid of hearing the truth about their situation they cover it with ‘aggression’ and ‘insult’. First of all Ben Bruce is a confused child with too much data, his service provider need to cut him off! ‘Nigerians have a reputation’ is not equal to ‘Nigerians are criminals’. it is a statement that says people THINK we are corrupt, the stories they have HEARD is of criminality, what they are EXPOSED to of Nigeria is NEGATIVE…hence the sum of all this has given us this image. Did you hear him say this is who Nigerians are?? No. So why the broom flight to conclusion Mr. Bruce?? If you’re not just looking for drama.
    Is he lying that it is hard for a Nigerian to get work? Is he lying that they look at us with sideeye anywhere? Is he lying that it’s better off to stay in your country?? People seemed to have missed the rest of the interview just to focus on the opportunity to fight about something than fix a problem WE ALL KNOW EXISTS!!

  47. Ona

    February 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Do u guys watch “american greed”? Americans love to form like nigerians are the only ones that do fraud when they are more advanced with their own fraudulent ways. Abeg abeg. Watch “american greed” and tell me if fraud isnt just as much issue for them as 419 is for us? I dont see Obama making it a national issue or dubbing americans fraudulent because of it.

  48. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    February 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    The President was very correct. If you have ever traveled outside the shores of our beloved Country, Nigeria carrying the Nigerian passports you will understand where the President was comming from. Ben Bruce Murray knows this is a fact. He has a problem telling the truth period. As much as I like and admire him personally, this is one area where I beg to differ with him. Not all Nigerians are criminals but those few bad apples among us, has managed to tarnish our image abroad period. Let me site just a few example of those Bad eggs. (1). Drug peddles, 419ers, just to mention a few. Don’t kill the messenger. Our President called it the way it is period. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.’

    • Shandi

      February 7, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      The point is not whether or not he was correct. The point is, as a leader of a country, if one’s brain is well functioning you don’t publicly make that type of comment about your country on national TV. They’re certain comments you don’t make. He has no political sense.

    • Celeste

      February 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      @ Ganny Ogunshakin:
      So you agree you are a criminal. Me, I’m not. I work hard for my money.

    • nnenne

      February 8, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      @ Ganny…I have traveled outside Nigeria and am proud to be Nigerian and not afraid to say so any where. I know who I am! !!

      What Nigeria doesn’t have is regulations, law and order. There are more criminals overseas than in Nigeria.
      Google the country with the highest Internet scam.
      Point is, how dare the Telegraph throw this question at PMB?
      They always make it seem like the black man is the worst criminal. SMH.
      Till you live among them you will never know.

    • Sapphire

      February 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      @nnenne Go and sit down jare! Do you live on Mars? Would you raise your children telling them that black is grey? Every Sunday you’re on the first row in church, yet you tell lies at the drop of a pin! Iranu!

  49. Celeste

    February 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    @ M’ Sallam: Yes, the north is not foolish to allow a repeat because you will take over from Buhari if he dies. Nonsense comment!

  50. Wiseone

    February 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    If we like we can continue to live in denial. But what did we expect him to say that no Nigerians are not criminals. It’s funny that we allowed Ben Bruce to brain wash us. I have read PMB’s statement . He said we have a reputation problem fact but we are on our way to salvage it which is a solution. If a man doesn’t acknowledge he is sick how can he get well. When Jonathan went on CNN and told the whole world we had light what was our reaction to it. Shebi we all said he was lying and the whole world knew it was a lie. So we want Buhari to continue in lies. Wake up guys only the truth can set us free. Have you ever wondered why we are thoroughly interrogated at embassies? Wake up to reality and stop throwing tantrums. An average Nigerian does not even trust his fellow brother or sister. When I go to market to buy something am always afraid the people there want to cheat me. Is that not your experience?

    • Celeste

      February 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

      You didn’t comment as your name imply. There are criminals in every country, as there are honest people. Buhari is so wrong on this one! People like you and Buhari are the reason the reason the whites and other countries stereotype us as criminals. When CNN described Kenya as a ‘hot bed of terror’, Kenyans protested and CNN apologized. Yes Kenya has problems with terrorism, and so do other countries – so why label them? Here in Nigeria, we are hardly patriotic, even our president isn’t. The American president will never admit on a foreign press that his country men are trigger happy, neither will the Mexican and Cuban presidents admit their people are drug lords, nor the middle east leaders tell you on a foreign press that their countries are hot bed of terror. Buhari need to stop with his attitude of a righteous fixer in the midst of mortal sinners.

    • Sapphire

      February 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      @Wiseone Fantastic comment!!!

  51. Celeste

    February 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

    We have really entered ONE CHANCE with this OYIBO PLEASING, ERRAND BOY-BOY, SLAVE MENTALITY president. Is this how he intends to equate the Dollar to the Naira? Things are getting harder by the day, and Buhari is busy licking America and co’s feet. How much is a dollar to the naira again?

  52. KanoMAN

    February 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Nigeria has a bad image abroad. Dd image was nt created by all Nigerians. To mke broad statemts wt broad far reaching implicatns is reflective of ds man’s zero undstndin of patriotism. He seen to want to mke life difficult 4 Nigerians abroad 4 reasons he is yet 2 give. To invite europeans n Americans nt to accept Nigerians is a hidden msg that suggests ds man is jus as vile and hateful as a disfigured demon.To furthr destroy a poor image to gain ‘truth sayer’ tag by ignorant bt necessary fools spells danger 4 all Nigerians. Same fool made d statmt abt those who gave him little votes nt getting…

    U want Nigerians to come bk home to what? Lawlessness? A home whr d govtm has got no respect 4 court orders n judicial processes? A home whr video evidence shw uniformed officials brutalizing a civilian n d 1st response of d uniformed authorities wss to lie abt location? In reality d pple in power have caused faaar damage 2 Nigeria dan d citizens….Som1 shd teach ds brute how public speaking is done. U ar clearly still in uniforms destroying our collective mentality

  53. zim

    February 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    And all the morons will be defending the deranged
    bastard of a president . How possibly can one who has
    built his life on corruption be fighting it . To make
    matters unhelpful , he is a certified dictator , incorrigible at
    best . All you Nigerians are herds of cattle being reared
    by this nomadic dullard. You all have forgotten that
    Dasuki mentioned Buhari as one of the beneficiaries of
    the stolen money. You all have forgotten when he said
    he will soak the nation with your blood if he loses the
    presidency. Or have you also forgotten when he referred
    to you all as baboons. Boko haram just burnt several
    people alive recently but your maggot of a president
    called Buhari has kept on lying about how his ill –
    organised government has crushed Boko haram. Or are
    you slowpokes still waiting fer the “ changi” he promised
    you numbskulls in order to buy himself time . Well
    actually his changi is working, you know the type that
    features a change from better to worse , and from worse
    to an oh -my -god situation . Abegi misita Bruce keepi upi
    the goodu worku.

  54. zimuzo

    February 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Are you sure this man is okay in the head or is he just a mad man putting on clothes? This lunatic says Nigerians are leaving the country for economic gains not because of danger. Wonders shall never end! What do you expect them to do before? Go abroad and be moping at the people over there or be taking pictures of the places they see. And after that they will come back to this shithole called Nigeria and tell their barely surviving families the number of cars and houses they saw. You have the guts to call this people criminals. Well some of them are criminals mostly because of hardship but what about you and your crooks you call ministers. You people have money but that isn’t enough to the extent of taking the one that belongs to the poor masses. Your idiotic minister called amaechi wastes millions upon millions of naira every night. And you have nothing to say about it. Not to talk of the whooping N5.8billion you spent for just your stupid jet. Do you know how many entrepreneurs that money can empower. Of course, how will you know when you not educated. I doubt you know what the chalkboard looks like. All you know is to jump from this country to that country like the typical – you are.

  55. Nwatu Zimuzo

    February 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Are you sure this man is okay in the head or is he just a mad man putting on clothes? This lunatic says Nigerians are leaving the country for economic gains not because of danger. Wonders shall never end! What do you expect them to do before? Go abroad and be moping at the people over there or be taking pictures of the places they see. And after that they will come back to this shithole called Nigeria and tell their barely surviving families the number of cars and houses they saw. You have the guts to call this people criminals. Well some of them are criminals mostly because of hardship but what about you and your crooks you call ministers. You people have money but that isn’t enough to the extent of taking the one that belongs to the poor masses. Your idiotic minister called amaechi wastes millions upon millions of naira every night. And you have nothing to say about it. Not to talk of the whooping N5.8billion you spent for just your stupid jet. Do you know how many entrepreneurs that money can empower. Of course, how will you know when you are not educated. I doubt you know what the chalkboard looks like. All you know is to jump from this country to that country like the typical – you are.

  56. Celeste

    February 8, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Buhari says his country men are criminals and making life difficult for the Europeans and Americans. Well, Buhari is part of the problem because he and the rest of our leaders failed Nigeria. If they had made our country a better place, Nigerians will not be emigrating in masses in search for greener pastures. Instead they stole away our wealth and resources.

  57. educator

    February 9, 2016 at 1:30 am

    To my brothers nd sisters supporting PMB’s statement being true I agree with u. But we should tell our selves the truth not the world. If we want to change our image It should begin with PMB nd the rest of the currupt criminals in his government. If there were good jobs and our economy hasn’t been collapsed by the same people who label Nigerians criminals our citizens wouldn’t be involved in criminal activities. I have lived Abroad nd I can say there are alot of criminals who are not nigerians nd their presidents has never called his citizens criminals. This is what happens when we have a president who is not a graduate nigeria is a country that needs a president who is educated nd has taken the necessary marketing courses to sell our potential to the world. PMB is an old man and should understand the proverb that says do not cast ur diety garment in public. If Dangote can em0loy graduates to drive his trucks then nigerians shouldnt employ any under graduate to run our country. Come to think of it why would a young nigerian be determined to educate him when he thinks he can rig elections and be the president of the nation? This is one of many reasons nigerians are involved in criminal activities we haven’t takled curruption and unemployment and we think the image the world see us as is not bad enough in black and white so we have to paint it in all black for them. Well I see this as a pure case of big criminals letting the petty criminals take the fall for them all PMB has done ever since he came into power is travel nd talk ill about his people nd if any one who supports his statement thinks there is one thing he has archieved since he entered office should pls tell me nd I will analyse how its been the past gorvernments effort. #TellNigeriansTheTruthNotTheWorld #IAmNotACriminal !!!

  58. educator

    February 9, 2016 at 1:54 am

    @wiseone is telling the world that nigerians have a reputation problem the solution or stating the obvious fact that even a 5yr old child in nigeria already knows? The problem with uneducated people who just think bcos they can speak english they are no different from the educated ones is that ignorance wont let you reason beyond your IQ capability. You dont even have an idea on how to tackle the issue of our bad reputation so the best u could do is stand in line with the illiterate of a president to say telling the world nigerians are criminals is the solution? Please make sure you educate your kids if you don’t feel like being educated

  59. educator

    February 9, 2016 at 2:04 am

    @ganny if you truely have sense answer this question. Would the president’s comment about nigerians build our reputatio or collapse it the more? You blabbing about the president saying the truth now answer the question truthfully.

  60. Tomas Hillary

    February 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    You can say that to @MBurhari who has branded Nigerians as criminals forgotten that he is a Nigerian too……. #teamchange answer this ooo dont shy away from it like your master on the result issue..

    • Jones

      February 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

      This is just the beginning, expect more damages from his excellency! we can but only say with our lips but he’ll continue to do more…..

  61. Freeda

    April 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Well, they are here in the U.S. and I must say, as sad as it makes me, that I wish they were not here. Nigerians, out of all Africans, are the loudest, more uncivilized group of people I have ever encountered. And, I’m a Black American, so that’s saying a lot. They have moved into my neighborhood. They are dirty and destructive. They play loud music without regard for people living around them. They are very rude in our stores and act like they own everything when they probably only have what they have stolen. They don’t seem well educated. I may be generalizing here, but I truly wish that the African immigrants who have come to America will simply return home to their own country and help fix the problems there. We don’t want them and don’t need them making life worse for us. Sorry if this offends anyone, but I’m only speaking the truth as I know it from experience.

  62. Spinlet

    April 5, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    wisdom is profitable to direct. . We have a bad image?who created the bad image? The Leaders(the privilege ones) oh! Nigeria has a high crime rate? Who allow the information to become an international affair? The leaders. Fellow Nigerians d truth is their bad citizens err’where but the govt cleans d mess away it doesn’t become a national publication, y? The citizens. U cån’t say u hen is bad, she refuses to lay eggs. And expect people to quequ up to buy d same hen? It doesn’t work like that. Fine we’re bad! Are do we go about changing this bad image? Let the law be severe, let the law grown like a baby. Take a look at Singapore. How did they tackle crime? Simple. U tackle with err’fin u’ve got locally. So Nigerians outside the country knows they re alone when caught because of the seriousness of d leaders!

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