Abike Dabiri Expresses Displeasure with Arise Television’s Broadcasters
The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, has expressed her displeasure with Arise Television’s broadcasters and presenters over a comment made on Emdee Tiamiyu’s interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the interview, Tiamiyu seemingly corroborated the ban of Nigerian students from bringing their dependants to the United Kingdom.
Dabiri was not pleased with the comment, stating that “what Emdee Tiamiyu has said is in accordance with what our leaders are saying.” She further talked about the hard work she has put in to get to where she is, and how women with low levels of achievement can’t bring her down by spewing nonsensical comments. She went ahead to call out Nduka Obaigbena to call these girls at Arise TV “ruining the broadcast profession to order.”
Tiamiyu is known for advising Nigerians on studying in the United Kingdom, and in the interview, he stated that the student route was more like an answered prayer, a big bracket that could take in a lot of people, the ordinary people. He also noted that many Nigerians were not looking for new qualifications but to start a new life abroad. “We’re beginning to see that a lot of people just hide behind the studentship,” he added. “So the student thing is not real, it’s not like they need the degrees.”
These comments have caused ripples, with people expressing different opinions about them. However, Dabiri’s displeasure with Arise Television’s broadcasters and presenters has brought about more talks. Arise Television is yet to release a statement on Dabiri’s comment.
This situation comes at a time when Nigerians studying abroad are facing numerous challenges. Their welfare and security are issues that have been raised on several occasions, and some have called on the government and educational institutions to do more to protect them. Tiamiyu’s comments and Dabiri’s reaction to them have only added fuel to the already heated conversation around Nigerian students studying abroad.