TheNigerianVoice Online Radio Center

NIGERIAN DIASPORA PLEASE LEND US YOUR EARS

By Ezemoo Yahaya
Listen to article

The PEOPLES MOVEMENT FOR A NEW NIGERIA(PMNN) says a big salutations to you all of the Nigerian Diaspora wherever you may be.

We bring you salutations from the motherland, the nation that the almighty blessed most abundantly. We salute you and pray you to lend us your ears.

Our dear nation Nigeria is in troubled times and we are of the considered opinion that all patriotic hands must be on deck to steer the ship of state out of the murky and troubled waters that it has found itself into waters of tranquility, serenity and progress.

Experience has shown that Nigerians, whether at home or in the Diaspora are so good at analyzing the problems with Nigeria, and when they are engaged in that are tireless, but the moment an attempt is made to steer them away from analyzing the problems to articulating solutions to the problems, they become suddenly tired and loose interest.

We, the members of the PEOLES MOVEMENT FOR A NEW NIGERIA(PMNN) on the other hand are guided by that maxim that says: PHILOSOPHERS HAVE ANALYSED THE WORLD,WHAT REMAINS IS TO CHANGE IT.

The focus of the PMNN is towards proffering solutions to all identifiable problems besetting the nation and her citizens wherever they may be.

The AIMS and OBJECTIVES of the movement include:
*To bring about equity, justice, peace and progress in Nigeria.

*To promote patriotism through out the length and breadth of Nigeria.

*To organize, collate and synergize the intellectual capital of Nigerians for national and African continental development.

*To promote love and amity amongst and between all the ethnic nationalities that compose Nigeria.

*To make Nigeria a frontline developed country in the world so much so that the average Nigerian in the Diaspora would make it a point to return back in the earliest possible time.

*To bring about a technological revolution in Nigeria that will ensure that in the earliest possible times, Nigeria will not only be manufacturing most if not all her technological requirements but will become a major exporter of manufactured technological products to even the most developed nations of the world today.

*To make Nigeria an agriculturally self sufficient nation that will be a major exporter of agricultural products.

*To turn Nigeria into a super state that will be the pride of black and African peoples,.

*To bring about a Nigerian Peoples Conference which will bring about a truly Nigerian peoples constitution and marshal out a formula for sustainable peaceful coexistence of Nigerians and thereby create a stirring example and nucleus for proper and true Black and African unification and democratization.

*To promote and ensure a mass participatory system of government for the good peoples of Nigeria and ensure that the nation is truly a democratic polity as against an electocratic polity.

*To not only fight corruption in all its ramifications, but to sensitize and mobilize her citizens towards ensuring and guaranteeing full recovery of all stolen public funds and properties.

*To strive for the payment of unemployment allowances for the unemployed in Nigeria who are willing to work but could not find employment.

We of the PMNN are desirous to establish state chapters of the movement all over Nigeria, Viz:…Abia, Adamawa,Akwa Ibom,Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara, and the Abuja federal capital territory.

We are also desirous of establishing Diaspora chapters in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas , Bahrain,Bangladesh,Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, The Republic of Congo,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissua, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, North Korea, south Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated states of Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, san Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Our call to the members of the Nigerian Diaspora is this; Wherever you may be, there must be things that the government and peoples of those nations are doing well and that contains beneficial lessons for our motherland Nigeria. Find those things, master them well and impact them on Nigeria.

Bring back the bests of the worlds that you have been to, bring them back to Nigeria. and let our country be blessed with the very bests that the world holds.

Establish chapters of the PMNN in your countries of domicile. Set up executives to manage your affairs made up of Nigerians that are passionate about the well being of Nigeria..

We must together turn Nigeria around and earn the respect of the world. We do not lack the intelligence, we do not lack the energy, which is why our country men and women are found in leadership positions in the intellectual pinnacles of all human endeavors all over the globe.

Today, the average Nigerian is looked upon with suspicion wherever he goes . In airports, almost allover the world he or she is subjected to special scrutiny and in the eyes of the world, we are presumed guilty of any and all nefarious charges until proven innocent. Nigerian governments aware of this negative perception of us have made weak-kneed efforts to address this the most recent being the REBRANDING program that the chief proponent had to abandoned to pursue senatorial ambitions in the 2011 elections.

The initiative of the PMNN is fundamental and not cosmetic, and is from the bottom up and guaranteed to succeed.

While we may import ideas and technology from all four corners of the globe, or even from outer space we must take care to ensure the imperative Nigerianization of all imports. Our development must be indigenous and native

NIGERIAN POLITICAL PARTIES
No political party in Nigeria is made up of devils neither is there any composed entirely of angels. All political parties in Nigeria whether in power or not have their good and bad members, their patriotic and unpatriotic officials. Those who are in politics to see how they can contribute to the greatness of the nation as well as those who are in it for what they can make for themselves.

The PMNN seeks to draw its membership from Nigerians of all political party affiliations with the only requirement being that they be patriots, passionate about the improvement of the wellbeing of Nigeria and of Nigerians and be detribalized.

Nigerians who do not belong to and have no immediate intentions of belonging to any of the political parties operating in the country are also welcome. And in this wise, conscious efforts are made to involve progressive non-governmental and civil society organizations.

There is a burning desire to build a national consensus to ensure national harmony.

THE NIGERIAN NATION HAS BEEN CAPTURED AND HELD CAPTIVE BY THE POLITICAL PARTIES IN POWER.

As you are no doubt aware, a bill has been put forward in the Federal house of representatives to amend the laws of the land so that members of the Nigerian Diaspora may be registered to vote and be voted for in subsequent elections. From all indications , the Nigerian National assembly is not enthused about the bill and all attempts are afoot to ridicule and if possible frustrate it. The presenter of the bill for now has been asked by the House to do more work on it before representing it.

At this point, the Nigerian Diaspora should indeed begin to ponder deeply as to why those in authority in Nigeria are not eager to include them in the national electoral/democratic process.

Before the 2011 elections, a world of efforts were made by some members of the Nigerian Diaspora as well as by some patriotic political parties(including the African Renaissance Party), non-governmental organizations and individuals back home in Nigeria to persuade the Nigerian Executive and Legislative arms of government to see the need in the national interest of allowing the Nigerian Diaspora to be part of the nation's electoral/democratic processes, but all came to naught

The view of the PMNN is that the Nigerian Diaspora must wake up now. They have been taken for granted for far too long.

Why are subsequent Nigerian governments always courting them to invest in back home at the same time persistent in disenfranchising them! Why is it that so many nations allover the world make it possible for the members of their Diaspora to participate in their nation's electoral/democratic processes while Nigeria remains adamant despite the fact that the Nigerian Federal legislators are the highest paid in the world!

The Nigerian Diaspora in Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Czech Republic, Fiji, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lesotho, Luxemburg, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Netherlands, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe know that the members of the Diaspora of all those nations vote in their legislative elections.

The Diaspora in the following countries vote in their nation's presidential elections:-Afghanistan, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Central African republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Tunisia, Venezuela.

In the following countries, their Diaspora vote in both the Legislative and in the Presidential elections;-Argentina, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Singapore and Syria.

The population of the Nigerian Diaspora is more than the entire population of many countries. The Nigerian Diaspora is conservatively put at over 20 million.

infact the population of the Nigerian Diaspora is about the entire population of the Republic of Ghana. How on earth can a nation that claims it wants to develop and even says it wants to be among the 20 most developed nations in the world in 2020 disregard the electoral and democratic rights of about 20million of its citizens?

The truth is that the Nigerian nation has been captured and is being held captive by the political parties in power today and the parties do not want competition or even cooperation in any form whether from Nigerians at home or from the Diaspora. As far as they are concerned , the Nigerian nation is a public limited liability company and they are the share holders.

Their agenda is to exclude as many Nigerians as possible, not to include them. That is why they are not enthusiastic about allowing the Nigerian Diaspora to become registered voters, so that they cannot vote for candidates of their choices, neither can they stand for elections in their own country despite the huge and selfless contributions they make to the Nigerian economy.

That is why you hear the parties in power in Nigeria bent on what they call deregistration of certain opposition political parties claiming that the number of political parties in Nigeria is too much at 63 when a nation like Tunisia with far smaller population than Nigeria just concluded an election weeks ago where more than 100 political parties participated. They claim that many political parties in Nigeria are registered and exist only to collect grants from the federal government but they do not wish the public to know that its more than two(2) years since INEC stopped giving grants to the parties ,neither do they want the world to know that even while they were giving grants to the parties, that the grant an party was being given for its operations for a year was never about half of what the least paid federal legislator was collecting per month.

The state electoral commissions are in all states of Nigeria set up, funded and controlled a hundred percent by the parties in power in those states, which is why in the just concluded local government elections in Lagos state, the party in power there ignored all rules of decorum, fairness and democratic practices and simply by hook and crook openly imposed its candidates and while the world was crying foul, went ahead to swear them into office…a culture of impunity at its worst!

Which is why in states where local government elections were concluded before the current governors took over, the governors simply dissolved the local government councils and replaced them with their direct appointees as in Imo state.

Strangely, the local governments are supposed to form the very foundations of the Nigerian democratic governance superstructure.

In the federal government and in all the states of the Nigeria state, the parties in power use government funds and other materials directly and openly and without any inhibitions whatsoever to fund their political parties and candidates in total contempt of the so called Code of conduct guide the activities of political parties in Nigeria.

While all these political and social atrocities go on, the proclaimed leaders of the Nigerian Diaspora openly and shamelessly work hand in glove with the governments to wreck havoc on their motherland for paltry financial gains.

It is imperative therefore that the members of the Nigerian Diaspora all over the world should put heir houses in order and immediately remove all unpatriotic leaders from office and replace them with those who would place Nigeria first before political parties and financial gains.

The financial and economic crisis hitting Europe and the United States of America, couples with global warming and radical changes in the geopolitics of the nations of the world combine to draw the ears of the Nigerian Diaspora to take the issue of proper governance , real and open democracy in the motherland Nigeria more seriously as their

nations of domicile currently may not remain exactly what it use to be in no too distant future, and home Nigeria will have more bearings in their lives as have hitherto been the case.

.
YAHAYA EZEEMOO NDU
Facilitator
PEOPLES MOVEMENT FOR A NEW NIGERIA (PMNN)
08082728720