The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and The Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday announced that there were about 15 million Nigerians currently living in various parts of the world.

Dabiri-Erewa made the announcement at the Island Club, Lagos, in a lecture entitled: “Nigerians in The Diaspora: Strengths and Challenges in Pursuit of National Development’’.

The Senior Special Assistant said that Nigerians living in the different countries of the world are not completely bad, as many of them are doing “excellently well’’ in their professions.

“We have found out that there are currently about 15 million Nigerians in the Diaspora.


“We have Nigerians in various parts of the world. Although, we have the good, the bad and the ugly, Nigeria has proud stories to share of many of her Diaspora nationals.


“Let us always celebrate the good things that many of our globally celebrated Nigerians in the Diaspora are doing today,’’ she said.


Dabiri-Erewa said that the Federal Government is working at engaging Nigerians in the Diaspora to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country.


She also said that the government is looking at the possibility, under the presidential initiative for excellence, to make Nigerian medical doctors abroad, to come home during their vacations, to enhance national healthcare delivery.


“We are also looking at the possibility of having a Commission for Nigerians in the Diaspora.


“We need an institution to deal with Nigerians in the Diaspora, otherwise, we will just be paying lip service to issues concerning such Nigerians,’’ she said.