Contrarily to popular beliefs that majority of Nigerians are criminals, Nigerian Ph.D student in Japan, Ikenna Nweke, has joined a team of good Nigerians changing the narrative following his decision to return a wallet he found, which contained huge amount of money.
Nweke was said to have found the wallet on his way home in Japan on June 19.
More interesting to the Japanese police was the fact that he not only returned the wallet, but he also refused to collect a percentage of the money that he is entitled to by law.
The Japanese police commended Nweke for his honesty.
Reacting, Nweke said he refused to take the money and the percentage he was offered because he is a Christian.
He noted that Nigeria is a wonderful country, with only few percentage of criminals, adding that the Nation should not be judged by the few.
The Imo State native, who is a Ph.D student at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and also a teaching assistant in the same university, said he stumbled on the wallet while climbing the staircase to buy some items for his wife at the Tsukuba center.
“As I drew closer, I saw that it was a wallet. When I opened it, I saw a huge sum of money, a credit card, and other valuables. I immediately reported it to the police. .
“Here is a message for every Nigerian that should maintain, protect the image of our nation wherever we are. Especially those in diaspora, we are the Nigerian people know. When we do something bad abroad it reflects on the image of the nation.
“This is a message for non-Nigerians who think that every Nigerian is a criminal. That is not true. Nigeria is a country of about 200 million people. Two hundred million wonderful people.
“There are some criminal elements in Nigeria, I must admit, and these criminal elements are found in every part of the world. These criminal elements are just a tiny fraction, they do not represent who we are, they do not speak for us. They are not a true reflection of who Nigerians are.”