- Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye said the image of Nigeria has suffered based on the activities of very few citizens
- Enikanolaiye described Nigerians as very hardworking and honest people who do everything to bring glory to the country
Nigerians are honourable and hard working people making remarkable contributions all over the world, the federal government has said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that government as declaring this in New York, US on Monday, May 15 through its official, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye.
Enikanolaiye, who is the permanent secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that only a handful of the citizens were deviants.
NAIJ.com learnt that Enikanolaiye lauded the giant strides Nigerians have made in all walks of life, commending their ingenuity, loyalty, patriotism and positive spirit wherever they were found.
“The vast majority of Nigerians abroad are doing very well, bringing honour and glory to our country.
“However, we have few bad eggs and unfortunately, that’s what gets reported in many instances; so it is a case of ‘one bad apple spoils the barrel.
“So Nigeria’s image has also suffered from some of the activities of few Nigerians who get involved in all sorts of criminalities abroad but they are very few.
“Nevertheless, the silent majority of Nigerians are doing very well, doing the country proudly and we are proud of them.
“So we would continue to work on that strength of Nigeria and Nigerians because it is about perception.
“This is to make sure that what is being reported out there is positive for our country," he said.
Ambassador Enikanolaiye added that the federal government would continue to work so it could project what was great and positive about Nigeria and ultimately change negative perceptions about our country.
He noted that Nigeria had always been a reliable and dependable ally on the global stage, particularly at the UN since its independence.
According to him, the country is fully back on the global stage, particularly with the assumption of duty of its ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande.
The permanent secretary described the Nigeria’s UN envoy, and other envoys recently posted to other multilateral organizations as “very distinguished personalities.
“Even though the permanent mission has been doing its best in keeping the Nigeria’s flag flying, we believe that Bande’s coming at this time would energize our efforts.
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“This is for us to re-engage more effectively with the UN in a manner that Nigeria’s voice would be better heard in a manner that would show Nigeria’s role as a responsible and active player.”
Earlier addressing the UN Security Council’s open debate on 'Women and peace and security: Sexual violence in conflict', Enikanolaiye assured the international community of the federal government’s commitment to bring back the girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
He also met with the UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed, who he described as “a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has begun the process of finding replacements for sixteen federal permanent secretaries due for retirement this year.
NAIJ.com reports that the head of the civil service of the federation (HoCSF), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, told Daily Trust on Monday, May 15, in Abuja, about the scheduled retirement of the permanent secretaries (PS).
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