Xenophobia Attack: Why Nigerians prefer to be second class citizens in other countries – Presidency

Nigerians gesture as they face-off with a group of South Africans during a stand-off in the center of Pretoria on February 24, 2017. South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to break up clashes between local protesters and migrants in Pretoria on February 24 at a march against immigration. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

The Presidency has given reasons Nigerians prefer to be second class citizens in other countries.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity on Monday said that Nigerians will not genuinely prefer to become second-class citizens in any other country if the country becomes what it ought to be.

Adesina said this when he spoke at the “Naija Youth Talk” programme organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Abuja on Monday September 9th.

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According to him, Nigerians will not be exposed to Xenophobia if they love and live in the kind of country they want.

The president’s media aide said all hands must be on deck to ensure we achieve the Nigeria of every citizen’s dream.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to love the country in order to get the expected country.

Adesina said: “We have a right to ask for the kind of country we want. A country where there will be no xenophobia; where nobody will tell us, go back to your country.

“ If we have the kind of country we want, why would we go and become second-class or third-class citizens anywhere else? We should get the kind of country we want.

“But for us to get that kind of country, we must love our country and our country must reciprocate by loving us. The question then is, do we love this country? There is nothing better than loving the unlovable.

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“If you love just the lovable, you have not done anything outstanding.

“Nigeria in its past and present state may be unlovable but it remains our country.”

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