Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday.

A former army ruler from the 1980s who returned to power as a civilian after winning an election in March last year, Buhari has the image of an ascetic disciplinarian keen to tackle his country’s persistent problems with crime and corruption.

”Some Nigerians’ claim is that life is too difficult back home,” he was quoted as telling the Daily Telegraph of UK. But they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons around the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking,” he said.

This is a contrast to some other Nigerian politicians, who often argue that their countrymen are unfairly victimised in foreign countries.

”I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home where their services are required to rebuild the country,” Buhari was quoted as saying.

The newspaper said Buhari thought a minority of his countrymen could do with improving their behaviour.

”We have an image problem abroad and we are on our way to salvage that,” he said.

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