Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari | Getty Images

On Friday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari granted an interview to Telegraph Newspaper in London in which he declared that Nigerians are known as criminals abroad and as such their asylum requests are denied.

“Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but they have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking,” Buhari told The Telegraph.

“I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home, where their services are required to rebuild the country.”

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Nigerians have taken to social media websites to express outrage at a leader of the country demarketing Nigerians abroad. On Twitter, the hashtag #NigeriansAreNotCriminals began to trend after political leaders and citizens took to the micro-blogging website to condemn President Buhari for talking down to the citizens of the country while speaking with foreign press.

Here are some of the popular tweets on the topic.

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  1. Trust the clueless idiot we have as a president, he will not see the need to apologize for calling millions of hardworking Nigerians criminals.

    I strongly believe that God will deliver Nigeria from this Buhari’s hands. He has got to go

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