Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), a global organisation of Nigerians living abroad, has vowed to be active in the process to determine who becomes the country’s next president in the 2019 general elections.
A trustee of the organisation based in Germany, Engr. Marcel Anyanwu, addressing select newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital on behalf of his organisation, said the group hopes to put a human face in the governance of the country.
He observed that the system of governance in Nigeria has seriously affected the country’s economy, endangering investments of Nigerians outside the country, citing that the World Bank shows that Nigerians in living abroad remitted over twenty two billion US dollars to Nigerian in 2017 alone.
Anyanwu said that with such large amounts remitted into country, NIDO could no longer afford to remain at arms length while investments by Nigerians living abroad face great risks.
“Our action is not only motivated by patriotic sentiments as sons and daughters of the land who genuinely want to see the country overcome her debilitating economic and economic and political woes, but also motivated by the need to ensure a guaranteed protection for our economic interests which are being tossed around due to the economic lack of vision of the government,” the NIDO spokesman explained.
Anyanwu, rated as one of the 100 most influential Africans in Germany, said that members of his organisation are now more interested than ever before to partner with like minds to ensure the transformation of the country, stressing that the organisation has resolved to be part of all the processes building up to 2019 general elections and beyond.
He disclosed that Nigerians In Diaspora would study and screen the profiles and backgrounds of all presidential aspirants for the upcoming elections, adding that they will make recommendations to Nigerians both at home and abroad.