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Hon. Abike Dabiri (Member, House of Representatives)

Hon. Abike Dabiri (Member, House of Representatives)

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Relations and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri shared a photo on her twitter page of a Nigerian who is a police officer in the United States, applauding her reception.

Then, she got this reply from a Nigerian twitter user:

Replying him, the three-time House of Representatives member said:

The conversation continued:

And then this reply that got people angry

Here are some of the tweets from angry Nigerian twitter users

Finally the President’s aide cleared the air, explaining her statements.


  1. Toese

    March 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm


  2. Mz A

    March 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    This reminds me of the “go and die” saga, y’all torment these politicians too much lol.

  3. zeebaby

    March 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Abike, learn to control ur gutter/ eko agbero tongue n temper! Think thoroughly before u reply tweets etc. Shame on you ma!

  4. Whocares

    March 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    But who is asking you to come. Lmaooooooooo looooooooool (wait, Im not done) looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool. Levity aside, *sigh and smh* is all I am capable of now when it involves Nigerian politicians and politics.

  5. dupsy

    March 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Please leave Abike Dabiri alone for crying out loud. Is she the person who will make you decide to come back to Nigeria and come and suffer?? Nigerians in the diaspora love home and if anyone feels they have a credible chance of coming back it is left to them to decide. Why are you all criticizing her? With all the terrible news and pictures of no electricity, armed robbery ( kidnapping), Boko Haram, no job, no fuel, the long list is endless ( do you think Abike will be the deciding factor for anyone abroad to decide to come back???) Please lets get really real here!

    • Jay

      March 28, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Hi Dupe Dabiri!

  6. Tolani

    March 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Clapback of the damn millennial Loool “but who asked you to come?” Not exactly the response you would expect from her. Again on losing people, it’s a gradual process, frustration and annoyance would push people out of the country! How can a single job posting attract over 2000 people! And what’s funny is that often times, the job isn’t even anywhere near all that. So sad!

    • nene

      March 28, 2016 at 10:17 pm


  7. Thatgidigirl

    March 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    …..”my Twitter account was hacked”- Abike Dabiri

  8. Stige

    March 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Something truly is wrong with Abuja water, or the rock. I think I know, it’s the principalities of the high places that manipulate these people as soon as they get into power. No more humility or chill to explain things to some hangry citizens. God help Nigeria

  9. For Sen Dabiri

    March 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I am on Sen Dabiri’s side on this mehn. The Niyi Johnson guy just totally misunderstood her. She simply said Nigerians in diaspora should invest more in Nigeria not necessarily move back, but the guy was just too adamant about her suggesting Nigerians should move back home.

    • For Sen Dabiri

      March 28, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Ogunkoya not johnson

    • Seriously

      March 28, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      You have to live in Nigeria at some point. So, visiting for one or several months you still have to deal with no electricity, water and other things. Nigerian government officials don’t feel the pain, inconveniences of average Nigerians. And the mentality is, as long as I’m doing fine, Nigeria will be great again.
      Selfishness and greediness is a big problem. Even if you don’t feel the pain of average Nigerian suffering this officials should take their job position seriously.

    • eb

      March 28, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Uncle abi aunty, u are on point but it’s “greed” not greediness” thanks

    • Seriously

      March 29, 2016 at 12:38 am


      Thanks for the correction

    • Anon

      March 28, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Sen for Senator? When?

    • keke driver

      March 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

      See your life? She’s never been a Senator, so get your facts right….#SupportersClub

  10. marlvina

    March 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Abike Dabiri. Back in the days I remember really looking forward to see and hear this woman speak on tv.

  11. nene+

    March 28, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Madness! She hasn’t met a worthy woman police in Nigeria? She must abhor them, they are under the sun poorly remunerated!

    “We will employ 500,000 police” na wash!!!

    • Nene plus ➕

      March 29, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Nene plus ➕ I hope you know that she is responsible for people in the diaspora right? And that’s her major responsiblity. Please try and be more objective in your criticism.

    • nene+

      March 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      So she discards the ones in Nigeria because she is an adviser on diaspora matters? Diaspora adviser who attend Nigerian owambe in Nigeria.
      Abeg teacher no teach me nonsense.

      If that is the case let her take a trip to the see shores where immigrant are drowning including Nigerians.

  12. Olayemi

    March 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Classic case of people pushing you to anger then use the same anger against you. Now people are criticizing Abike and moved past the human being that pushed her button. Abeg.

    • Onaolapo

      March 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Datz life… She should grow up.

  13. nne

    March 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    PMB’s people just decided that this week will be #misyarnsoflife ehn? First Kachikwu wants us to stop demanding fuel because it requires magic. Then Adesina wants us to become vigilantes because he has forgotten that we have a federal police and army. Now Aunty Dabiri-Erewa the SA for Diaspora is using twitter to be petty with Diasporans. 2019 should come biko. KOWA party, Labour, even APGA i will look at seriously. PMB is Dead to me.

  14. Roché

    March 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Some Nigerians are so frustrated that they look for every opportunity to insult,throw jabs & even humiliate people who have no business in their predicaments.
    Respect is reciprocal…..Abike would have been more subtle if the guy was diplomatic in his approach too.
    For Christ sake she has blood running through her veins also.

  15. Samuel

    March 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I’m also on Abike Dabiri-Erewas’ side on this one. Sometimes a lot of us outside the country overestimate ourselves. Having either some sort of savior mentality “oh I’m going back to Nigeria to save it” or having the mentality of “ah I can’t go back when there’s nothing there”. First thing first, she didn’t directly tell anyone to come back so why is this Mr. taking the piss?! If she had said that, then his response would have been appropriate cause it’s true that there are these problems and currently it doesn’t seem like this Governement sees the urgency to solve them.

  16. Onaolapo

    March 28, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Dats life… She should grow up.

  17. swagg1

    March 29, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Well is anyone surprised about Abikes bone head comment?? Ppl like her will never encourage those in diaspora to come in order to avoid the competition . C’mon she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Its obvious from her useless comment ???

  18. Bolanle

    March 29, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Am I the only one who noticed “on the country?” I think she meant to write ‘on the contrary.’ Odidi special assistant

  19. Food for thought

    March 29, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Able Dairy needs to review her job description again. Even if you were misunderstood as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations and Diaspora, diplomacy is the name of the game. You can’t lose your cool with people. It is obvious she does not clearly understand the nature of her job.

    The Twitter thread clearly went in that direction the minute she tweeted many are doing all to return back, sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side. After which she changes gear andtalks about partnering. Either way how many of you will be willing to go back home for a few weeks maybe months to “partner” with the current state of things, lack of power, gas, security, etc. None if us in the diaspora would even be willing to donate to any effort because your immediate concern would be how do I know it would be used for the right thing without being embroiled. So in my opinion those questions are in order. Alike Dabiri should not shy away from the cold hard facts and stop making those who know the right questions to ask. If you are part of the government be ready to field questions from the people anyway anywhere. It is part of your job description. I those of us in the diaspora can’t ask you questions and expect answers, then step down, otherwise do the job. You were hired to do. It’s just that simple.

  20. Food for thought

    March 29, 2016 at 5:35 am

    My apologies auto correct re-edited some words.

  21. Iris

    March 29, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I’m sorry but I found her response hilarious. What did they want her to say?

  22. Amy

    March 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Anyone who thinks diasporans have a saviour mentality has not lived outside long enough. I agree with the commenter who said this woman isn’t the sharpest knife. Posing with cops who earn decent living wages and can afford to live in the community they police and whose kids school with kids in their community isn’t intelligent to me. Let’s not compare Apple to Agbalumo ( I honestly don’t know the English name).
    If we have intelligent leaders that care about policy and not cheap optics on Instagram etc we will build institutions like the good police dept that this cop works for. Some cops make $50 to $70k or more with benefits. Imagine bribing that sort of cop $100 bill! He will handcuff you immediately and throw the books at you

    Please no hating on Ms Dabiri but we the diasporans don’t need a liaison officer whose only job purpose is to take pics, attend parties and post on social media. She has no idea how much most of us wish we could have a semblance of normalcy and return home no matter how successful we are here and I mean successful, even dual citizens with six figures. At most of our gatherings we talk about home and really miss home the same way the children of Israel sat by the rivers of Babylon and wept when they remembered Zion! We don’t have a savior mentality at all. Most of us wish we could raise our children among extended family, be free to press the neighbor’s doorbell and little things we took for granted. The fact that this woman’s position or reward was created is a sad commentary on an administration that promised to reduce the cost of governance.

    • Comment

      March 29, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Excellent comment Amy….you’ve surely echoed many of our thoughts in the diaspora……

    • Belema

      March 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Although I love your comment, NOT all people in the diaspora are doing well. In fact, A LOT of them are not doing well.

  23. Amy

    March 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Please no insults. I only comment on BN because I believe it’s readers are the most civil. It’s sad to see folks who don’t even know each other issue curses for free speech ( on some other online newspapers and blogs).. Thanks BN for maintaining a civil forum.

  24. 4Real

    March 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I hope some day our public officers will have the nerve to defend their ideas when challenged than pick silly offense as their defense.

  25. Friday's other child

    March 29, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I remember going to the launch of some sort of Diaspora initiative at the High Commission in London circa 2008/2009. Dabiri-Erewa was there to launch the event, after the meeting I followed up with her to better understand the mechanics of the initiative, which was aimed at getting people in the diaspora to invest in Nigeria. At the time I was working for a MNC that was looking to expand its footprint into Africa and I was already working on a business case for Nigeria. I was excited to hear about the initiative because I thought it would be an additional resource (and I don’t mean financial, I was mostly interested in being able to penetrate the otherwise highly impenetrable ministries where I need to get data for my business case) to reach out to as I was building my case. I found out otherwise, when I followed up with Dabiri she was extremely unhelpful and quite frankly quite dismissive. Despite the razzmatazz of the launch, it became very evident that the whole initiative had no real substance. Why do I share this story? Our politicians love launching endless initiatives, which are often iterations of the same initiatives that have never been implemented properly. If you want us to invest back home – I ended up getting approval for my business case and securing the investment without the help of the initiative – then stop coming with lofty ideas and actually put processes in place that will enable such investment. If you aren’t capable of doing this yourselves, higher a firm to design an end to end process for you with a clearly defined scope that you communicate and higher a good project management firm/project manager to execute and embed the process and ensure it evolves as needs and requirements evolve. There are so many people in the Diaspora that want to invest in Nigeria; either themselves or through the organisations that they work in, this is mostly because we are passionate about our country. We don’t need a special assistant to tell us this, we need enabling processes to make that happen, real substantive ones, not just nice words.

    • Chu

      March 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      God bless you.

  26. Sisi

    March 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    In all honesty I saw the isolated clapback and thought, sheeeettttt why so rude Madam?! However when I read it in context of the wider thread I see her point and believe she meant what she went on to clarify. Best for politicians and their advisors/staff to avoid unofficial social media engagement to avoid such. Stick to carefully crafted and cleared Q&A/briefing as naija people provocation is not easy to walk away from, our tempremant does not often allow for such to go without harsh response or insulting ones father. If people could see the ‘change’ they voted for the insults and provocation would reduce small. That is to say do what you have been voted in office to do to the best of your ability via transparent means and kip qwayet otherwise.

  27. ModestSAM

    March 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    All Nigerian politicians have no respect, but contempt for the common man, and they feel they are doing us favour by living luxuriously and stealing our national wealth, at our expense.
    I am no surprised a all, going by expression of Oshiomole (go to die), Kachikwu (I am not a magician,you should b thankful…….), Adesina(you are complaining of lack of electricity, go and fight the pipeline vandals)…..
    Just a bunch of self serving thieves with no iota of empathy.

  28. ModestSAM

    March 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    These opportunistic people (political office holders and appointees) are too far removed from the suffering of the common man on the streets and don’t have anything to offer, to better our lot.

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