Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has expressed her displeasure with Arise Television’s broadcasters and presenters over a comment made over Emdee Tiamiyu’s interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation that ostensibly supported the ban on Nigerian students bringing their dependents to the United Kingdom.
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Ayo Mairo-Ese, an anchor for Arise TV, criticised President Muhammad Buhari on a morning show for informing the UK government that Nigerian youths are indolent and criminally inclined, adding that Dabiri-Erewa also referred to the youngsters as drug dealers and cultists.
Speaking about Tiamiyu’s interview, Ayo said;
I don’t know why Nigerians like to demarket Nigerians on the International scene. Take it back to 2016, our president had referred to Nigerian youths as largely lazy. And that United Kingdom should not grant them asylum because many of them are criminals.
The chairman of NiDCOM, Dabiri also referred to Nigerian people as cultists and drug dealers.
So what Emdee Tiamiyu has said is in accordance with what our leaders are saying.
Irked by her remark, Dabiri-Erewa took to her Twitter page debunking the claims made by the presenter while calling for the orientation of the presenters (girls) of the television station.
I worked hard to be where I am today, and if women nowhere your age and achievements feel the only way to bring you down is spew nonsense, they will meet their Waterloo!
Nduka Obaigbena had better call these girls @ARISEtv ruining the broadcast profession to order.
MDB had reported that Tiamiyu granted an interview to the BBC where he claimed that Nigerians seeking admission into schools in the United Kingdom only considered it as an alternative means to escape from Nigeria.
Tiamiyu, who is known for advising Nigerians on studying in the United Kingdom noted that most Nigerians were not looking for new qualifications, but to start a new life abroad.