- Members of Nigerian community in the United States of America have been urged not to give up on the Country
- Nigerian envoys in New York made the appeal
- They noted that some of the challenges plaguing the country before now but said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had made giant strides in overcoming
Nigerian envoys in New York have appealed to Nigerians in the U.S. not to give up on their country but continue to support efforts by leaders to develop it.
Nigeria’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Samson Itegboje, Acting Consul-General in New York Tanko Suleiman and minister, Economic and Investment, Mr Nicholas Ella, gave the advice.
They spoke at a Town Hall organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) USA to sensitise the Nigerian community about the homeland.
Itegboje said the town hall was taking place at a time of a national rebirth where all hands must be on deck to bring about a new Nigeria.
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The ambassador noted some of the challenges plaguing the country before now but said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had made giant strides in overcoming the overwhelming challenges.
The Nigerian envoy challenged thOsei-Asibey in diaspora to be involved in the country’s affairs saying “this is the time to latch into the Nigerian space. It is big enough to accommodate everybody”.
Mr Nicholas Ella, Minister, Economic, Nigerian Consulate, New York and Amb. Samson Itegboje, Nigeria’s deputy permanent representative to the UN at NIDO USA Town Hall in New York. Credit: NAN
“Now is the time to say that if our voices must be heard, then we need to invest into governance and contribute our quota to the development of our country.
“We must all now join hands towards attaining a height where national interest must be exalted far and above personal, ethnic, religious and regional interests.
“You must leave your comfort zones and go on a search for a new formidable national identity. We must demarcate between the Nigeria we have and the Nigeria we desperately need.
“And we must work assiduously towards the establishment of a glorious nation where men and women are not judged by tribe, religion or geographical locations.”
Similarly, the Consul-General, in his remarks, tasked NIDO on the need for Nigerians to be united within and outside the country and to put national interest above ethnic, religious and sentiments.
Suleiman also stressed the need for data of Nigerians in the Diaspora so as to easily make the records of accomplished Nigerians available for service to their fatherland.
The envoy said the Federal Government was very interested in the expertise of those in Diasporas and had, therefore, established the Diaspora Commission.
He urged them to take advantage of the Commission, saying the Federal Government would not have appointed a Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters if it was not interested in Diaspora affairs.
Some Nigerians at the NIDO Town Hall at Nigeria House, New York. Credit: NAN
Suleiman said many of the challenges inherited by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration were being surmounted adding that in the next few years, much of the efforts would have yielded fruits.
The minister, Economic/Investment, in his address, urged Nigerians who encountered investment challenges when they travelled home to come through the Consulate so as to ease their doing business.
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Ella urged NIDO to reach out to Nigerians wherever they are, adding that the Consulate was now better equipped to facilitate investment opportunities through the relevant government contacts.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that a group of accomplished Nigerian professionals in the US have expressed their eagerness to come home and invest in the Nigerian economy to fast-track the development of the country.
Some of the professionals, who spoke at the inauguration of the Nigerians-American Business Forum in Florida, said they were determined to use their wealth of experience to develop their fatherland, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
They said many of them started out from Nigeria where they had free world-class education and were able to compete and succeed on the global stage, adding it is now time to give back to their country.
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