President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in Portugal for a four-day official visit, has said his administration wants the best for Nigerian citizens.
Naija News understands that Buhari said this while addressing Nigerians in the diaspora, urging them to strive for excellence in all their endeavours in foreign lands.
In a chat with some selected Nigerians in Lisbon yesterday, the president urged them always to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
While urging them also to ensure they use social media platforms to promote unity in the country rather than spread disunity, Buhari said the government would continue to take frantic actions against excesses on some platforms.
According to him, while these platforms have continued to reshape the world, some people have been using them negatively.
‘‘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 said in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday through his media aide, Garba Shehu.
The statement added: ‘‘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.’’