By Lizzy Okoji
The Nigerians in Diaspora Network has called on Nigerians residing overseas to support Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi as president in 2023.
The group, which is separate from the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, made the call at a news conference in Oberhausen, Germany after inaugurating a campaign office to support the Bello presidential campaign.
In a video and statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Odijie Irabor, General Coordinator of the Nigerian in Diaspora Network, said the group had jointly selected Bello, following a thorough research.
Irabor noted that Bello attracted the attention of the international community, following his achievements of fighting insecurity, ensuring youth and women inclusion in governance, education development among others.
“We embarked on a massive consultation with our people in diaspora through our various networks of social cultural organisations, political organisations, media, religious bodies and many.
“This led to the constitution of a high-powered committee to carry out a search for a young, viable, formidable, energetic, vibrant and result-oriented presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.”
He stated that the committee selected Bello above other people because of the clamour for a youth president.
“Nigerians are condemning the preponderance of over-aged candidates for the exalted position of president.
“In the current political dispensation, his Excellency Gov. Yahaya Bello is known to be the youngest governor in Nigeria with the desired physical and mental capacity to meet the growing complexity and diversity in our political environment.
“Notwithstanding the total collapse of the security architecture in Nigeria, Kogi State under the leadership of Yayaya Bello has recorded a stable security atmosphere across the state.
“It must be emphasised that the result did not come by chance, but it was a pay-off of the governor’s security strategies and his all-inclusiveness governance approach
“His current developmental strides and achievements in terms of projects delivery was instrumental to our quest for him to run for the coming presidential election,” Irabor said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the group, Mr Victor Ojeabulu, said that there are about 10 million Nigerians in the diaspora, calling on all Nigerians to support a youthful candidate.
Ojeabulu called on youths in diaspora and all youths in Nigeria to rise up and take up the challenge with the current situation facing the country.
A member of the group, Mrs Maria Agbondinwin, said that from all they had seen, heard and gathered about Bello, Nigerians in diaspora were sure that Bello was the right person to make Nigeria great again.
“Trusting and believing you, we know that as a youth you are dynamic. We know you can make a change and we are waiting for that change.
“We are standing by you and we know that you can make Nigeria great again”, Agbondinwin said.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Network, held the rally at Oberhausen, Germany, in compliance with COVID-19 protocols of the Germany government.