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President Muhammadu Buhari & Abike Dabiri-Erewa Timeout for Diaspora Voting Rights 2019

By Francis John 

Talk is cheap: “We are critically looking at the system itself we must make sure that the election process is credible” President Muhammadu Buhari speech to Nigerian Community in United the Kingdom, captured from Channel Television.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora visits to the United States are not all about New York and Washington DC and or rallying around families and friends. It’s all about effectively fulfilling promises made at campaigns, rallies, townhall meetings, face to face meetings, etc.

Diaspora Nigerians are about to be f**led again, as 2019 voting rights are doom with the recent Presidents statement in London, the statements hold no water. Yet, the APC needs diaspora to mass mobilize and influence families and friends as it did in 2015 seeking same in 2019.

Storm in a cup of tea! This is not going to happen as the bill delay for diaspora commission is another form of corruption and injustice to peace-loving Diaspora Nigerians; averagely remitting $22 billion annually. Hence, the President is not critically looking at the remittance of $22 billion annually as a mantra to inculcate diaspora in all his ordeals but critically seeking reelection by force by fire.

Mr. President decided to branch to London to tell his story and ignored America when he met with the US President. It’s important to educate President Muhammadu that, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to actualize diaspora voting with the power of software, everything is possible!

The appointment Abike Dabiri-Erewa as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora has not in any way yielded evidential dividend, including purported lingering diaspora commission, voting rights and working with technocrats.

This is the same way and manner the government ignores legitimate demands, which over time generates frustration and upturn into crises, thereafter the government tags such as terrorists. Opportunities for dialogue is open till the end of June 2018 as diaspora is prepared to vote in credible promises and vote out empty promises.

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Abdur-Rahman Balogun | 5/15/2018 9:15:00 PM
This is a quick,straight to the point answers to an article by Francis John ??(Hope he truly exists)Entitled: ``President Muhammadu Buhari and Abike Dabiri-Erewa Timeout for Diaspora Voting Rights 2019... ''wherein three main issues were raised: Diaspora Commission Bill, Diaspora voting and engagement with the technocrats in the diaspora. �On the Diaspora Commission Bill, recall that the bill was sponsored in the House of Representatives by Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa since 2008. It was passed by the� 7th National Assembly in April 2015� but not signed into law. It was represented by Hon Joan� Mkempor and Senator Rose Okoh, in the House of Representatives and Senate respectively and it was finally passed by the 8th National Assembly in 2017 and has been signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. Once the Commission is populated,it would sooner than later become a reality and Nigeria will have a one stop agency for its Diaspora. At least, 26 countries have full Diaspora ministries. � Secondly, on the Diaspora voting, it is surprising that Mr Francis John, despite all the conversation around diaspora voting, still does not understand that for diaspora voting to happen, necessary aspects of our constitution needs to be amended. Recall that Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, while a member of the House of Representatives,sponsored a bill for diaspora voting seeking necessary amendments to our laws but majority of members of the House of Representatives voted against it, with the excuse that Nigeria was not ready for Diaspora voting. Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa recently met with INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu on April 26, 2018 . INEC made it clear that they are set for Diaspora voting. President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed support for same. But without the legal backing by the National Assembly, nothing can be done. Mr Francis John should, channel his energy to lobbying and appealing to the National Assembly to make it happen. In the meantime,a technical committee has been set up made up of officials� of INEC and office of the SSA diaspora with some other stakeholders� to continue ground work on the matter Lastly, at no other time has the Federal government engaged technocrats in the diaspora more than ever before. Many Proffessionals and experts in Diaspora are being engaged and positive results are being witnessed. The Office of Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora is also partnering with Institutions such as Department of Diaspora and Trans-National studies, University of Ibadan and University of Lagos, for research and academic ways of deepening meaningful engagements. Signed. Abdur-Rahman Balogun S.A. Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
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