By Victoria Ojeme
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has blamed the rising diaspora-basically based mostly mostly secessionist agitations on the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the board of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) consistent with the associated price’s enabling Act.
In accordance to Kenneth Gbandi, the immediate past Continental Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe, and newest Deputy Chairman of African Democratic Congress Party ADC, the fault for the rising secessionist strikes is “squarely on the shoulders of the APC- led administration and their failure to well constitute NIDCOM Board.”
Below the NIDCOM Act, NIDO is expressly acknowledged as the representative of the organised Nigerian diaspora and the organisation is anticipated to appoint 12 participants to the governing board of NIDCOM. Nonetheless, since the inauguration of the Commission bigger than a three hundred and sixty five days previously, its Board has not been appointed by the President as supplied in the Act. Furthermore, it’s the watch of participants of NIDO that the Diaspora has not been carried along in the management of NIDCOM.
NIDOE is the continental umbrella organisation for Nigerians in Europe with a chapter community in 23 nations. With continental arms of NIDO in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa, the group is a vital assembly of Diaspora Nigerians worldwide.
Speaking on the allegations that the Diaspora turned into as soon as fueling crises in Nigeria, Gbandi said the shortcoming of ability of the federal govt of Nigeria to partner well with the Diaspora community below NIDO Management turned into as soon as accountable for the secessionist agitations springing from the distant places. He recalled warning the government that this form of subject turned into as soon as a time bomb that would perchance maybe possible explode.
Gbandi who turned into as soon as then Continental European Chairman and co-coordinating Chairman of NIDO Worldwide, recalled writing loads of such letters to the federal govt on the pressing own to constitute NIDCOM’s Board as stipulated by the associated price’s establishment Act with cumbersome Diaspora representation via NIDO Worldwide.
In truth one of such appeals turned into as soon as written on the July 27, 2020, to Dr. (Senator) Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, Chairman of Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, who turned into as soon as before then the Chairman of Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non Governmental Organizations(NGOs), pleading with him to spend his steady place of job to place vital stress on his colleagues and the government for the cumbersome structure of NIDCOM board in accordance to the NIDCOM’s Invoice.
He reminded him that the worldwide NIDO turned into as soon as a rallying point for most Nigerians in Diaspora who silent judge in the country and the energy of the Diaspora to attain determined fatherland kind initiatives and wished reforms.
Gbandi also cautioned that NIDO turned into as soon as a buffer zone to Nigerians in Diaspora, removed from organizing themselves along ethnic lines which is ready to lead to ethnic allegiances to the detriment of the country. In his words, “For the admire of Nigeria, Sir, l plead with you to spend your steady place of job and notify to to terminate the marginalisation and politicization of NIDO.”
Gbandi highlighted the hazard of a toothless and collapsed NIDO and a structured Nigerian Diaspora along ethnic lines and ideology, noting that this may maybe be a vital and not possible catastrophe as a patriotic and expert global Diaspora community.
He added that both dedicated Nigerians in Diaspora and the government would be unable to face up to the pending assault from participants and organizations taking attend of the historical and fractured Diaspora community below NIDO leadership to toe a different watch unchallenged.
Within the letter, Gbandi had extra urged the lawmaker to repeat on his attraction as patriotic and a clarion name aimed at serving to to mobilize the home into motion. He said that faithful fabric of the Diaspora below NIDO will be considerably dampened, inquisitive in regards to the many immoral incidents in Nigeria.
The same attraction turned into as soon as also made to the Chairperson House Committee on Diaspora, that the unhappy politicisation of NIDO had now given upward push to precise ethnic and regional groupings.
Purchase that NIDO Europe sought well suited notion from human rights lawyer, Femi Falana on the representation of NIDO in NIDCOM’s board, culminating in a letter written to the President and Secretary to the Executive of the Federation, supporting NIDO Europe’s space.