The Presidency has admonished Nigerians to be good ambassadors of the country if they desire foreigners to think positively about Nigeria.
The admonition was contained in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday.
The presidential spokesman urged Nigerians to contribute to the success of the nation’s security by reporting criminals in their midst.
Shehu also flayed calls for foreign intervention in Nigeria’s affairs, describing those behind the calls as acting in bad faith.
It also knocked those who disparage Nigeria and its citizens outside the shores of the country.
The Presidency made reference to Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari’s recent description of the calls on “foreign powers to meddle in the internal affairs of Nigeria” as the “highest level of unpatriotism.’’
In the statement, the Presidency said: ’’There’s nothing to gain by disparaging your country overseas. Every citizen must respect their nation. Those countries they go to and say bad things about Nigeria, their citizens dare not do that.
‘’When they go outside, they speak well of their nation. They are ambassadors of their own country. They are salesmen for their nations. Why do we go out and tell the worse stories of our own country’?
‘’I think that Nigerians have to change. If we don’t love this country and if we don’t promote it, nobody will do it for us. This is very clear from the message Governor (Aminu) Masari(of Katsina State) issued a few days ago.’’