Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has criticised Kemi Badenoch, a Nigerian-British member of the British Parliament, for her remarks about Nigerian politicians.
During a Tuesday event commemorating the launch of her campaign for the position of UK prime minister, Badenoch accused Nigerian politicians of misappropriating public funds for personal use.
She is one of the candidates for the position of British prime minister following Boris Johnson’s resignation.
“Growing up in Nigeria, I witnessed politicians acting in their own self-interest. When they use private funds as piggy banks, when they promise the world but fail to serve others, they pollute not only the world but the entire political atmosphere.
She had said, “I came to Britain determined to make my way in a country where hard work and integrity can get you anywhere.”
Iyabo Awako, a Twitter user, responded by writing, “I am very angry this morning. Infuriated by the nonsensical statements made by @KemiBadenoch, MP/Conservative Party UK, in her declaration to run for Prime Minister. Ms. Badenoch, your beginning is weak. In actuality, an extremely insensitive opening. How in the world is it acceptable to use Nigeria’s so-called?
The presidential adviser’s response to the tweet was, “I am just as angry. I concur with you and will reserve my comments for a later time.”