The Federal Government has admonished Nigerians in diaspora not to fund groups whose motive is to see the secession of their ethnic tribes away from Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, made the plea when he received a delegation of the UK chapter of the Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in his office on Tuesday.
According to Mohammed, it is a source of concern that the secessionist groups heavily rely on the financial contributions of some NIDO members and Nigerians abroad to propagate their activities.
The minister stated that Nigerians in the diaspora should support the efforts of the Federal Government instead of amplifying “untrue” allegations of religious persecution, political marginalisation, and human rights abuses.
He said: “It is alarming and disappointing that some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria.
“I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to appeal to NIDO to seize the initiative from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations.
“As an organised and well-connected group, I implore NIDO to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative.
“I also urge them to sweep the carpet off the feet of secessionist groups, insurgents and anarchists who are bent on pushing false narratives to portray Nigeria in a bad light.
“I have no doubt that you will take this call seriously and do everything in your power to change the narrative for the better.”
The minister said the government acknowledged the challenges facing the country, especially in the area of insecurity, and is “earnestly” tackling them.
Mohammed commended members of the UK chapter of NIDO for their patriotism and “shining a positive light on the country”.