- Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Saturday, December 21, said over 20 million Nigerians living in diaspora deserve the right to vote during elections in Nigeria
- Dabiri-Erewa who is the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDC) said NIDC is currently advocating for an amendment of the Electoral Law
- According to Dabiri-Erewa, the law if amended will enable Nigerians living abroad to vote in the country’s general election
The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDC), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Saturday, December 21, said over 20 million Nigerians living in diaspora deserve the right to vote during elections in Nigeria.
Dabiri-Erewa said the commission is currently advocating for an amendment of the Electoral Law to enable Nigerians living abroad to vote in country’s general election.
Speaking at the celebration of the 2019 Ekiti Diaspora Homecoming Reception, organised by the state government in conjunction with some youth organizations in Ado-Ekiti, the chairman of the commission said Nigerians living abroad were contributing enormous resources to national development.
Represented by the head of media and public relations for the NIDC, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the chairman said it is only normal that those in the diaspora were allowed to vote from their various countries during the elections.
“With Nigerians in Diaspora contributing so much to the Nigerian economy, estimated at over 25 billion dollars in 2018, we believe they deserve to vote for their choice of leaders at home."
“We are already working with the National Assembly to hopefully make this a reality in Nigeria through amendment to the country’s Electoral Act," Dabiri-Erewa.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Dabiri-Erewa had said that the commission is doing all within its powers to get Nigerians in the diaspora to invest in agriculture, education, health and other important sectors of the economy.
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She also said the commission is working towards employing human capital to broaden investment opportunities in Nigeria and increase the country’s foreign direct investment.
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