Nigerians Are Criminals, That’s Why they are not Welcome Abroad – Buhari

by on February 6, 2016

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.

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.”

Mr Buhari’s remarks may upset refugees’ rights groups, who claim that the vast majority of asylum cases lodged by Nigerians are genuine. In recent years, many have said they are fleeing Boko Haram, the Islamist group that Mr Buhari’s army is now struggling to stamp out in northern Nigeria.

However, only around one in ten of the 13,000 asylum claims lodged by Nigerians in Britain in the last 15 years have been accepted.

And the claims of persecution appear to cut no ice at all with Mr Buhari, a headmasterly figure who famously waged a “war on indiscipline” on his fellow Nigerians while serving as the country’s military ruler in the 1980s.

Back then, Nigerians could be whipped if they did not stand in line at bus queues, while lazy civil servants were forced to do frog jumps in the office if they arrived for work late.

While he has not re-introduced such measures as a civilian ruler, he makes it clear that a minority of his countrymen could still do with improving their behaviour. “We have an image problem abroad and we are on our way to salvage that,” he said.



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  • Musa
    February 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    See what Nigeria president is saying shame to him


    • Afam
      February 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

      No, shame to you sir! We all know the man is spot on. Let’s bury political correctness.


    • Yakubu MAGAJI
      February 10, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Africans Generally particularly Nigerians, indeed, have an image problem abroad and at home. We take lies, to be part of our Nature. We don’t really have any body to blame for that. Many have said abroad, they are fleeing Boko Haram the Islamist group. But how many Nigerians that are Asylum seekers, that are coming from Borno State or Northern part of Nigeria?. What Muhammadu Buhari has done, is to first redeem his own image before the world. Which is correct for every reasonable Leader. He has to first cast out the beam out of his own eyes, then he shall see clearly the mote in another person’s eyes. . How could he have gone to criticise other black countries, when he has image problems in his own country,even worst than the other African countries?. That is what he has just done. I admire his courage please. Thank you PMB.( M.G. Yakubu )


  • Mr
    February 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    That man is mad


  • musa
    February 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Comment…this is ridiculous . then he is a leader of criminal . if all he is govern is bad then he is a bad reprisentative


  • akin sodimu
    February 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Buhari is saying the blunt truth, but truth as we all know is very bitter, Nigerians should change their orientation and mentality, and always comport themselves as good ambassadors of this country where ever they find themselves on this planet.


  • Milik
    February 6, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    The truth is truly bitter. Those countries paid the price to make them what they are today. Nigerians should learn to stay back home and contribute to the rebuilding of our nation. People should realise that they remain second class citizens wherever they run to other than Nigeria. Our Nation is on the path of greatness and we shall get there. Let us all remain lawful and legit.


    February 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Hmmm…So help us God


  • the truth
    February 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    we have image problem no doubt about that ;but we can not make it a media issue to the whole world to read and put it in their minds especially when dealing with Nigerians ,in the states(US) recent political race one of the aspirants said Muslims should be banned from entering the states(US) and there outrage in the world over the statement. so in Nigeria case let us tackle the corruption within the country and it will redeem our image outside the country and in the whole wide world. providing jobs for our youths,those states that are owing there workers salaries for months should pay them,the governor that sack some of his staff should call them back,the people that were owed pensions should be paid,providing good atmosphere for companies to come into Nigeria to establish then minimize excess importation of little items which we can produce in Nigeria eg toothpick etc.


  • February 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

    It is very obvious that this man buhari Is a complete imbecile, never in the history of the World have a president vomit some much hate against the people he is governing. I thank God that the international community recognize human rights unlike him buhari.


  • February 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Most Nigerians take discipline for wickedness.Whoever tries to instill discipline is regarded as wicked. We should anend our ways and by extention our society to be like those places we run to.


    • Titus
      February 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

      You miss the point. You now see why the man aren’t quilyfy to be president. Sometimes he says what he didn’t mean because of lack of vocabulary. Is a pity.


  • February 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    it’s bad to see or hear bad persons not willing to get better, we are nigerians and should be a good ambassadors of this great nation.
    Mr president has spoken and spoken real well
    long live Mr president long live the federal republic of Nigeria.


  • Dson
    February 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Comment…The president is saying the truth,but who are this people? i think its those that have something to do in oversea, they never thank God for the oppurtunity of bean there,they rather use the oppotunity to distroyed our images as Nigerians IF YOU KEEPON CRIMINALIZING THIS GREAT NATION,I WONDER HOW OUR FEATURE WILL BE


  • phils
    February 7, 2016 at 11:43 am

    exactly what Fela sang abt…..i never hear am bfor…make govt talk ooo…my pple are useless,my pple are senseless……if nigeria is what it is today it is bcos of visionless leaders like you Buhari,obasanjo,ibb nd the rest of ur cabal that succeded in bringing that great country down to her kneels….this expired and recycled leaders should be ashamed to even talk abt how bad things are in 9ja…..in the whole of europe it is not up to 4 countries that is as rich nd blessed as nigeria…..it is bcos of visionless leaders like you all that had the opportunity to govern that great nation that messed up that country and now u have the effortery to speak such word….nigerians will soon regret that slagon *change*


  • February 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    It’s really a shameful this. An old adage says “do not wash your dirty linen in public”.

    OK! Now that he has told them what they already think they know, does that make him a saint?! Is he also not a criminal?! In fact, doesn’t that make him a leader of the pack?!

    After all, he said “All Nigerians…”; and of course he is Nigeria’s first citizen till 2019.

    Now, good Nigerians living abroad and striving to make Nigeria’s economy better will not be free to pride themselves as Nigerians because they are alleged as CRIMINALS.

    How I wish it was possible for Nigerians to re-validate their choice before 2019…


  • Ama o Ama
    February 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Comment…Thank God am not from nigeria ,I’m a biafra


  • February 7, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Let’s face the fact people. The truth and nothing but the truth, our President is on the RIGHT this time. Most of us Nigerians are not so decent as one should think. We really have an image problem in and abroad. So CURRUPT , greed, and lack of discipline . I’m a proud Nigerian but sometimes ashamed to be identified as one when issues of this sort arises . Eg what happens in the airplane when instructions are given by the crew members either to be sitted or something else,…hardly do they adhere to instructions etc. let’s not jump and blame our President , because the outside world already knew…. We don’t have too much credibility outside ….known fact !!!.


  • February 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    shame on you aboki that shows the level of ure literacy. u think painting a bad image of ure fellow countrymen will make u a hero abroad? thank God u said the criminals are Nigerians which includes first your family members, cabinet members, all past head of states, the governors, all successful entrepreneurs, all Nigerians that travels abroad for even medical check ups. it really unfortunate that we choose an illiterate as a leader.


  • Igah
    February 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Buhari we know you are not a saint, any body who think you are should have his or her head examined alongside your’s. Take it from me that you are not fit to lead Nigeria.


  • Emenike Emenike C
    February 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I’m grateful to God for making me a Biafran. Nigeria being a fraud state must beget fraudsters, including the man who said Nigerians were criminals. So, anywhere you see Buhari know that you have seen the representative or president of the criminals(Nigerians).


    • peter
      February 8, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Well, u may wanted to check the list of Nigerians in prisons all over d world, 80% of dem maybe igbos…..so much for ur biafra….


  • Prince Ogaga
    February 7, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Oh! This is what i call “International disgrace” so buhari illitracy has gone to this stage, whereby he went abroad to justify himself as a criminal, shame on you aboki!


  • Miles William
    February 7, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    the truth is bitter. When u fight corruption, indiscipline, they will also fight back. I’m not surprise that d criminals fight back and they brought us here, they earn us bad name. now they’re determined to to hide behind a finger.


  • February 7, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    The truth is that buhari is the criminal Nigeria government has.
    Why didn’t all this that is happening now happened in the past administrative?
    Why is he blaming Nigerians, can’t he solve the problems if there be?

    Anyways all I know is that since we Nigerians are criminals then he(buhari) thought us how to still.


  • innocent
    February 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Is disappointing coming from a man that called self president of a country. Nigerians been fraudsters. What is he? We all know what happens in last presidential election. That alone proved what he is. Nigeria needs to go back to its original region for it to survive. Period.


  • larry
    February 8, 2016 at 2:49 am

    To begin with, I do accept what Mr President said that our reputation abroad is damaged which every individual needs to work on to salvage our image abroad.That statement is based on facts supported with evidences from records…However, what i do not accept is the statement he made about Nigerians to stop seeking asylum in Britain..What he fails to realise is that this same British govt hes lookin up to as superiors are also ivolved in corrupt practises and hatred.For example a case where u apply to remain in d UK for different purposes but the home office refuses your application for no reason despite the fact you tick all d boxes of the requirements and the only option left is for u to either voluntarily return to d country where ones livelihood is not guaranteed.. A country (where the unemployment rate is rocketing at nearly 50% if not more)more like a living hell due to government inept of makin d country worth living) or either get deported..what does he expect someone in that said circumstance to do??…I am pretty very sure if hes placed in same shoes or even the so called british would do the same… I think sometimes we judge people wiithout putting ourselves in d shoes of those individuals..

    However, this shouldnt be misunderstood or misinterpreted as a justifiication or makes such action of such people rights either…

    If the govt makes d nation or country a country worth living where infrastuctures and basic amenities are adequately provided for it citizenry, frankly speaking no one would even think of goin to this western world to live…Most people apart from studies who go abroad to live is due to economic factors and to make a better living for themselves….


  • Uyijo
    February 8, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Instead why not address the issues in a proper manner , by separating the good from the bad, just because someone hold a Nigerian passport doesn’t make him or her a criminal. Every country have this problem, there are good citizens and there are bad citizens and don’t forget, those Nigerian in jail are there by various offences, some of which are due to ignorance, some are due to pressure of which the past leaders created. Nobody will deliberate left tables and eat on the ground. So don’t generallise characters, we Nigerian know ourselves better, different characters different orientation and different attitude and these is not only a Nigerian problem but the world all over


  • thetruth
    February 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Mr. Holy. You just helped the steriotypers label us.


  • tk
    February 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Comment…whether u lik it or not the man is saying the truth. pls all of nigerians shud work on ourself start rite frm our home. If u take a close look at each home in dis contry, u hardly see a home dat free of evil act, is either the son is a cultist or d daughter go about sleeping with men selling there body. that’s where all dis things started frm, stop blaming mr president for saying the truth, rather let work on ourself starting frm our home.


  • frank
    February 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    You don’t know how much truth is in the same white man’s closet. They just would not talk about anything that points at them as criminals, eg. Colonialism……. The scramble for Africa.


  • frank
    February 8, 2016 at 10:38 am

    What are Nigerians talking about? Who is our president addressing here, Angels? These same white people have not changed from the CRIMINALS who came to Africa to rob us blind. Nobody is talking about it… Hey! They went to Africa with vessels to loot, how many Africans went to Europe with more than a suitcase? Do not forget the scramble for Africa, they never talk about these things and we dont remember them ourselves………. These whites will be laughing at you all for calling these petti criminal comrades names whem they have shell, diamond miners, gold miners, coco companies ripping us off in our land, still they are celebrated….. Shame to every Nigerian who call other Nigerians criminals before white people.


  • Bight
    February 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Another animal talk like Fela rightly siad.


  • abu
    February 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm



  • Daniel Asuquo
    February 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Mr President Is In The Right Direction


  • Cornerstone
    February 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    We are good citizines of Nigeria!


  • God is gud
    February 10, 2016 at 12:04 am

    If our fathers had made our home a great place we will not look for a better place to call home. U may call them criminals what then will u call doz we voted in who has forgotten dat dey wia called to serve not to b served. B4 u insult anyone or call Nigerians criminals what kind of bed hv u laid for us Nigerians?


  • Adamu H
    February 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Comment…Please you shouldn’t insult your leaders, Elderly people,cause all this it’s all in the habit of Nigerians and it’s part of indiscipline and also Criminality of Nigerians, Wether u accept it or otherwise. So the speaking of the Mr President at UK is on the right way to anybody who reasoning it.


  • Kabiru Abdullahi
    February 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    No…he is criminal too by being their president….. The president of theives


  • charles
    February 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I don’t really blame him. He is acting according to his thought level. Wisdom is something he is very much lacking. I blame us all for being political fanatics. If we cannot change our mindset to see that there is no future for Nigerians in voting for the wrong reasons. I don’t blame people for striving to leave Nigeria. How many policies do we have and implement to help economy builders. The legislature and the executive both in the past and present administration are there to enrich themselves. Even the president, the budget alone is a clear proof. Denying knowledge the knowledge of the budget content only proves him more stupid than he has shown and more ignorant than we have accused the former president to be. Let’s tell ourselves the truth, we have made a very bad choice for a leader. 9 months now and it’s already very obvious, he’s clueless. Even in his past tenure he was more so very unreasonable.


  • Muzi
    October 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Can we say that the raw facts by a Nigerian president? No. Nigerian criminals have tarnished the name of ll ood Nigerians. You an ark forever bout xenophobia and call South Africans lazy gove us names but we dont go to other countries and push drugs and human trafficking. We dont create Nigerians they did this to themselves and one day shall have assive deportation of nigerians specifically


  • Pastor
    October 15, 2017 at 5:32 am

    A leader is as good as his people. How did Nigeria get to where it is today? What led Nigerians into the said criminality? Who amongst the leaders that has ever led Nigeria is clean? From whom did the present generation lean the so called bad habits? Who has milked Nigeria dry? Having said all these does not mean I support criminality but at the same time a leader should not go outside his home to castigate his followers. It would have been better for him to tackle the broilers from home his home front. He should have said some Nigerians instead of saying Nigerians as a whole. Most of us are outside Nigeria and we are well behaved. I am a pastor and I live outside Nigeria. We are not all criminals as the president claim.


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