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2011: Diaspora Nigerians want to vote

Nigerians living abroad expressed this during a world media chat organised by Jonathan Consolidation 2011, a political group suporting President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the…

Nigerians living abroad expressed this during a world media chat organised by Jonathan Consolidation 2011, a political group suporting President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2011 general elections.

The group’s coordinator in the United States of America, Princess Neze Igwebuike who spoke on phone from her base, Daleware, said one of the ways to ensure that Nigerians get a leader who is truly a reflection of the people’s wish is by allowing Nigerians in diaspora to vote.

She maintained that some Nigerians in the US want Jonathan to stand election, adding that many will return home because Jonathan has assured them of improved security.

The group’s coordinator in Europe, Prince Emeka Nwanbu, who phoned-in from Wazobia House in Madrid, Spain, commended the president for his activities so far, saying Nigerians abroad are happy having got Nigeria delisted from the terrorist group.

The group’s National Director of Planning, Research and Logistics, Ambassador Franklin Okoye, stressed the need for change in Nigeria, saying the biggest challenge has been how Nigerians can benefit from the wealth of the country.

Okoye who lamented that many Nigerians walk across the desert and sleep at embassy gates seeking greener pastures, stressed that it is only youths who can make the desired change.

Abubakar Ismail Rumah who came from Katsina representing the group in the North-west, said politicians have always promised the same things: water, roads, electricity which they hardly provide. For him, Jonathan’s nomination of Prof Attahiru Jega as INEC’s chairman is an indication that he (Jonathan) is good to lead.

Jummai Tarfa who represented the North-east, said the zoning arrangement if upheld, will be in favour of Jonathan because the South-south has never ruled the country.

Others who made various contributions included Prince Tony Obande representing North-central, Mohammed Balogun, South-west, Capt. Gabriel Akoko from the South-south and Dan Eze who came from the South-east.

The National Coordinator of the group is Alhaji Adekunle Abdullateef.


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