From Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Nigerians in Diaspora believe that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the leader who will finally articulate and implement a diaspora policy framework to help capture, harness and channel their expertise and goodwill to the Nigerian homeland.
This was disclosed by Professor Isa Odidi of the Peoples Democratic Party, Presidential Campaign Council (PDP-PCC) Diaspora Directorate at the Campaign Grand Finale Held at the Shehu Musa ‘Yar’Adua Centre Abuja.
According to him, “Atiku Abubakar’s government will certainly do more to remove obstacles and create opportunities for Nigerians in diaspora to engage in economic development by facilitating diaspora contribution ro the homeland and serving the Nigerian diaspora..
“Atiku Abubakar understands that Nigerians in Diaspora are one of the contemporary global forces shaping the directions and trends of public opinion in Nigeria especially on social media and are expected to impact on the political campaign and electioneering process in Nigeria as the 2023 presidential election approaches. This is why it was important for PDP to partner and join forces with the Nigerian Diaspora by setting up the PDP PCC Diaspora Directorate.
“The Nigerian Diaspora has now become the PDP’s greatest offshore political asset. The huge presence of Nigerian diaspora in such powerful political and economic centers such as London, Paris, New York, Washington DC, Beijing, Moscow and Tokyo where global policy decisions are made has an especially important strategic significance. These expertise and experiences can be of benefit to a political campaign and a nation.” He said.
Professor Isa Odidi who is however said, all these translate to nothing if the leadership is wrong and the system is not working, a view that Nigerians in Diaspora share in common with Atiku Abubakar. The PDP-PCC, has taken full advantage of this vast untapped potentials of Nigerian Diaspora.
The Politician said that Nigerians in the diaspora have made increasingly
significant contributions to the countries they now live in. For example,
economic development, healthcare, science, technology, industry, trade, arts, and media have all been affected in some way by the presence of Nigerians in these countries.
Professor Odidi said that the Diaspora Directorate is the PDP 2023 PCC Diaspora campaign organization charged with the responsibility to design, establish and implement a systematic approach to engage with and win the hearts & minds of Nigerians and friends of Nigerians in the Diaspora to support Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy and his Vice-Presidential Nominee Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for their vision for Nigeria and an edge over other aspirants in the forthcoming Nigerian presidential elections scheduled for 25th February 2023.
It would be recalled that last year, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of PDP and former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria set up the PDP-PCC Diaspora Directorate and appointed Professor Isa Odidi as its director.