Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerians in Diaspora to reciprocate the unity they showcase abroad when they return to the country.
Obasanjo said he observed that Nigerians are more united while outside the country, but act like enemies when they are in their home country.
Obasanjo, made this assertion at the weekend, on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo told the gathering that Nigerians in the Diaspora are making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour.
The former president urged the Nigerians in diaspora to be good citizens wherever they are domiciled.
“Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria,” Obasanjo was quoted as having said, as chants of “Obj, Obj, Obj, Obj” by the audience punctuated his speech.
Obasanjo, the Balogun (Prime Minister) of Owu Kingdom, however, thanked the Rutgers University management for the warm reception accorded the delegation and for the far-reaching engagements.
The event was put together by the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, headed by Professor Bode Ibironke and was attended by the leadership of the University.
The Representative of Nigeria at the United Nations (UN ) Ambassador (Prof.) Tijanni Muhammed-Bande, top academics from other institutions, including Prof. Akil Khalfani, Director of the Africana Institute of Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey and Prof. Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede also attended the event.