The comment made during Emdee Tiamiyu’s interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, which ostensibly confirmed the ban on Nigerian students bringing their dependents to the United Kingdom, has angered Abike Dabiri, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
The President, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retd. ), was criticized by Arise TV presenter Ayo Mairo-Ese on a morning show for informing the UK government that Nigerian youths are indolent and criminally inclined, adding that Dabiri also referred to the youngsters as drug dealers and cultists.
“I don’t understand why Nigerians like demonizing their countrymen abroad. Rewind to 2016 when our president described Nigerian youngsters as mostly slackers.
And given that many of them are criminals, the UK shouldn’t offer them shelter.
“The chairman of NiDCOM, Dabiri, also labeled Nigerians as drug dealers and members of cults.
In reference to Tiamiyu’s interview, she continued, “So what Emdee Tiamiyu has said is in line with what our leaders are saying.”
After being offended by the presenter’s comment, Dabiri took to Twitter to refute her assertions and demand that the female presenters at the television station undergo orientation.
“I worked hard to get where I am today, and if women nowhere near your accomplishments and age feel that the only way to bring you down is to spew nonsense, they will meet their Waterloo!
The tweet read, “These girls @ARISEtv are ruining the broadcast profession. Nduka Obaigbena had better call them to order.”
According to The PUNCH, Tiamiyu told the BBC in an interview that Nigerians applying to study in the United Kingdom simply saw it as a temporary detour away from their home country.
Tiamiyu, who is renowned for advising Nigerians on pursuing higher education in the UK, observed that the majority of Nigerians were not seeking fresh credentials but rather to begin a new life abroad.
The student approach is more like a prayer being answered, he said. It is a sizable bracket that can accommodate many regular folks.
“We’re starting to notice that many people only conceal themselves behind the studentship. Therefore, the’student thing’ is untrue; they don’t actually require degrees, he continued.