Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has dismissed as unconstitutional and an attempt to seek political relevance, an attempt to appoint “Diaspora Shadow Ministers.”
A statement by Engr Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary of the Commission, on behalf of the Chairman/CEO, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said that the attention of the Management of NiDCOM has been “drawn to the so-called appointment of “Diaspora Shadow Ministers” by a certain Mr. Kenneth Gbandi who we think is the former Chairman, NIDO Europe.”
According to the statement, dated November 1, 2021, the brain behind the scheme is trying to get Nigerians in the diaspora to be part of an “African Democratic Process,” which it said, incidentally has the same acronym as a political party in Nigeria that the Ghandi was a member of.
NiDCOM stressed that neither the Nigerian democratic space nor practice recognize shadow cabinet in the Nigerian Constitution, insisting that Nigeria only recognizes the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While acknowledging the right of people to free association, the Commission urged Nigerians in diaspora to beware of this new move, the objectives of which are neither well spelt out nor seem patriotic, wondering whether the promoter wants to form “a parallel government abroad, while hiding under the shadow of diaspora and political formation.”
Warning Nigerians in the diaspora to beware so as not to be used “by anyone seeking every desperate moves to be relevant politically in the Diaspora community and in Nigeria,” the NiDCOM statement noted that already, three of those appointed to the positions of “Diaspora Shadow Ministers” have declined the appointments and membership of the group.
Concluding, NiDCOM urged all nationals in the Diaspora “to shun what is NOT right and be good ambassadors of Nigeria wherever they find themselves.”