President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians in the diaspora to always remember to contribute to development of the nation.
Buhari who met with selected Nigerians in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday June 29, also appealed to them to continue to be ambassadors of Nigeria in their actions and character.
The statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu on Thursday June 30, read;
‘‘In every field of human endeavour, be it the creative industries, sports, health, academia, Nigerians in the diaspora have thrived and leveraged their skills to raise our country’s profile higher, economically, socially, technologically, and culturally.
‘‘It is for these reasons that this Government established the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to facilitate and support your engagement with our country for a win-win outcome in our effort to keep Nigerians united at home and abroad.
‘‘You must continue to be our ambassadors-at-large in your comportment, actions, and character. You must excel and be the best in all your endeavours. While here, you must also not forget home as you are the example we want to project to the rest of the world.’’
Buhari also urged Nigerians in diaspora to ensure they use social media platforms to promote unity in the country and not incite hate.
‘‘Many countries, including our own, have had to take strong measures against some social media platforms to curb their excesses and prevent them from destabilizing our societies.
‘‘I, therefore, call upon you to use social media responsibly. We all want the best for our country and people, so let us strive to build, unite and prosper our nation and people and not to insult and incite from a safe and anonymous distance.’’