Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have said that the recent release of names of indicted Nigerians by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can be traced to the erosion of family values.
Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) added that the frantic quest to get-rich-quick among the younger generation of Nigerians is the outcome of a debased value system.
BMO made this comment in its reaction to FBI’s indictment of a horde of youngsters, amongst whom are 77 Nigerians, for various offences bordering on cybercrime.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO noted that it is regrettable that over the years “some misguided” Nigerians have deviated from the lofty ideals and values for which our people are known.
“We state unequivocally that crime has no racial or religious colouration, and the indictment of some Nigerians should not lead to criminalising the whole population. This is obviously an isolated case and should be seen as such.”
BMO also reminded Nigerians that most of the individuals mentioned in the FBI list had become naturalised United States citizens, and have imbibed western values. “Their actions cannot therefore be used to describe the average Nigerian, as majority of Nigerians are good and law-abiding people.
“We believe that the latest indictment should be a wake-up call to us as a people, and will lead to value re-orientation in the country.
“This is also the reason we consider the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as timely, bearing in mind that his integrity and sense of moderation in the acquisition of wealth will serve as a guide to all Nigerians. In fact he is a moral compass whose exemplary lifestyle will lead Nigeria in the right direction.”
BMO also recalled that President Buhari had in the past called on Nigerians to live within their means and Nigerians, especially youths, should hearken to his voice and emulate him to avoid falling prey to bad friends and criminally-minded people.
“We therefore call on the indicted persons to give themselves up to the authorities and clear their names.”