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The Federal Government dismissed yesterday the fears of Nigerians in the diaspora that the current insecurity would jeopardize their business interests in the country.

It also advised citizens, particularly those in the diaspora, to avoid Northern Cyprus in their search for greener pastures, noting that approximately 20 Nigerians have died in the region.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), made the announcement at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during a Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team.

While acknowledging insecurity in some parts of Nigeria, she stated that the situation is temporary and that authorities are working hard to resolve the issue. She stated that security agencies have responded to the situation by recently bombarding terrorist hideouts.

Dabiri-Erewa also assured the diaspora community that the new enabling environment being created by authorities would yield a high return on investment.

Giving an update on the commission’s activities, the NiDCOM chairman expressed regret over the frequency of killings of Nigerians in foreign lands, particularly in Northern Cyprus, where officials from that country have been unable to intervene due to the political situation in the European enclave.

She said little could be done diplomatically to resolve the plight of Nigerians in that country because Northern Cyprus is recognised only by Turkey in the international community.

She said: “Officially called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, it is a de facto state that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus. Recognised only by Turkey, Northern Cyprus is largely considered by the United Nations and the international community to be part of the Republic of Cyprus.

“Think twice before going to Northern Cyprus. We can’t do much for Nigerians there. Our students are being killed daily.”
Dabiri-Erewa praised Nigerians in the diaspora for continued support to the development of the country, despite its security challenges.

She said they committed $20 billion in 2021 alone in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). “The $20 billion dollars is for 2021. In 2019, we had $25 billion; 2020, $17 billion and, last year, $20 billion,” she added.

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