The Presidency has reacted to the arrest of 80 Nigerians in the US by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.
The 80 Nigerians were arrested on issues bordering on financial crimes,with over 90% of them from a particular tribe in Nigeria.
Reacting to the news, the Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, labeled it a disgrace to Nigeria.
He tweeted: “So full list of 77 Nigerians charged by FBI for massive fraud, money laundering in America has been published. Those guys disgrace us and disgrace Nigeria.”
He added by publishing a part of President Buhari’s speech on 13th of February, 2019 which states:
“The most comfortable thing is to live within your means and damn the consequences.”
“We shouldn’t generalize and tag all our Igbo brothers as criminals or be calling them #IgboYahooBoys as the case would have been if majority of those 77 criminals were to be of the Hausa-Fulani tribes. They are Nigerians and of course, their actions remain condemned by all.
“It may not be wrong to call them by their tribes, but it’s frankly wrong to generalize an entire tribe as criminals because of the crime of 77 people, that’s why it’s always wrong to call all Fulani herdsmen murderers. So #IgboYahooBoys may not be a right hashtag.
“Nigeria is one, FBI and American media didn’t call them by any name but Nigerians, and they are right. They are Nigerians who brought shame to their country.”
Special Assistant to the President on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi made a joke out of the news:
“1 Blow 80 Down’ is being scripted as we speak. Filming will take place by God’s grace over the weekend.
“Release Schedule: Part 1: Monday Aug 26 Part 2: Wednesday August 28 (am) Part 3: Wednesday August 28 (pm).”