The Diaspora Leadership Alliance, a group of Nigerians residing abroad, claims to be committed to placing Nigeria on the fast track to development so that it can compete with some of the world’s most advanced nations.
This was stated in a statement published following the group’s virtual meeting in the United States of America, which was signed by its convener, Tex Wariboko, and spokeswoman, Chuks Eleonu, and made accessible to journalists in Abuja on Monday.
Members from over 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Costa Rica, stated they were concerned not only about their own well-being but also about Nigeria’s politics and economics.
The group stated that as a body that strongly supports Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and APC presidential candidate for 2023, they believe in the importance of engaging Nigerians in diaspora on development issues.
The group, which characterized Amaechi as the most competent candidate, said it was critical to talk to him about how to use the potential and resources of Nigeria’s diaspora to transform the country quickly if he is elected president in 2023.
It went on to say that such a productive population, whose annual remittances have a substantial impact on Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), could not be ignored at home.
“The magnitude of cash outflows to family, friends, and even business transactions by Nigerian citizens overseas demonstrates the country’s productive populace.”
“According to World Bank data, Nigerians in exile sent $65.34 billion to the country in three years (2018-2021) to help increase economic operations.
“These contributions have been enormous over the years, and no serious government should underestimate the resourcefulness of its nationals residing overseas.”
Interestingly, we are worried not just about generating a good life for ourselves and our families, but also with Nigeria’s politics and economics.
“This is to see how we can be a part of the engineering process of putting Nigeria on the fast track to growth so that it can compete with some of the world’s most advanced nations.”
“This is why, based on his pedigree and track record in governance since 1992, we firmly feel Rotimi Amaechi should interact with us.”
“He is the only presidential candidate who can harness the enormous potential of Nigeria’s Diaspora community to benefit Nigeria and Nigerians,” the group stated.