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Stay Where You Are, Buhari Tells Nigerians In Diaspora (See Details)

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President Muhammadu
Buhari on Saturday
confirmed, for the first time,
the plan by his
administration to reduce the
number of ministries in the
country.

There have been media
reports that the President’s
transition committee, led by
Ahmed Joda, had
recommended a drastic
reduction in the number of
ministries.

That plan is said to be one
of the reasons behind the
delay in the formation of his
cabinet.

Buhari confirmed the plan at
a meeting he had with
members of the Nigerian
community in Benin
Republic on Saturday
evening.

He was responding to a
request for the creation of
two more Nigerian
consulates in Benin Republic.

He said despite the planned
reduction, however, he would
direct the Nigerian
ambassador to make the
request through the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.

The President said, “I think I
will direct your ambassador
to make the request to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
so that by the time we are
doing the next budget, it
would be included.
“Although we are trying to
cut down on the number of
ministries, the morale of
Nigerians in diaspora must
be considered. This is
because we are so many.

“We are aggressive, whether
in business or other facets
of life. So, we as a
government will do
everything possible to look
after Nigerians wherever
they are.”

When members of the
community requested to
know what his
administration is doing to
facilitate their return home,
Buhari told them to remain
where they are.

He said he would not want
them to come and add to
the problems at home by
the time they will be
unemployed.

“I believe a lot of you are
doing well and are better off
here. So, the question of
facilitating you coming
home does not arise.
“We don’t want you to
come back home and be
unemployed. Don’t come
and add to our problems.

“If you have something
doing here please continue
doing it.”

While warning them to
remain law-abiding, the
President regretted that
Nigerians in South Africa
have been engaging in
activities that do not portray
the country in good light.

“I have always told the
Nigerian communities to
respect their hosts culture
and obey their laws.

“There are a number of
problems in South Africa
which did not portray us in
good light as Nigerians.

“Some of them are in prison
for committing a number of
crimes. But for you who are
so close to home, you
should do your best in being
good ambassadors of the
country,” he said.

On whether there is any
cooperation between Nigeria
and Benin Republic in
fighting Boko Haram, Buhari
said the country had
identified with the countries
of Lake Chad Commission
which comprises of
Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria.

He said President Boni Yayi
had made an undertaken of
providing a number of
troops to the joint task force
troops of the Chad Basin
Commission countries to
fight the Boko Haram.

“As you know, Nigeria is
expected to make a bigger
contribution. By yesterday
(Friday), we were supposed
to take the troops off the
ground.

“So, Benin Republic, through
the President, is participating
in fighting Boko Haram,” he
said.

On their request for the
opening of National Open
University in Benin, the
President asked them to
pass their request through
the ambassador who will
formally write the Ministry
of Education.

He said the possibility of
expanding the facility to
them would be considered.

Responding to the question
on how the government
would help improve their
businesses, the President
again referred them to their
ambassador.

“If the embassy sends a
reports from your
representatives, I believe
the Ministry of Commerce
and Industry will examine it
and whichever suggestion
they raise, the Federal
Government will look at
them.

“The Federal Government
here in Nigeria will ensure
that people don’t just earn
their salaries but that they
do exactly what they are
paid for,” he added.

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