Ambassador Nicholas Ella, the Consul in charge of Trade & Investments at the Nigerian Consulate, New York, United States of America (USA) has called on Nigerian business men and women in the Diaspora to channel their economic strengths and vast networks towards advancing the enormous economic opportunities in the Nigerian market.
Ambassador Ella, who made the call as Keynote Speaker at the Virtual 2nd JusticeNOW International Anniversary/Nigeria First Honors Award Lecture 2021, assured that efforts are being made to ensure peace, security and healthy business conditions in the country, stressing that the involvement of Nigerians in diaspora will help the country to rise above its present challenges.
The program was put together to celebrate the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary and Ambassador Ella used the opportunity to also counsel home-based Nigerians to desist from all forms of condemnation of their country and other social vices, insisting that such attitudes will never help anyone but will rather pull the nation backwards.
With the theme, “Nigeria Arise: Changing the Narratives,” the event, according to a statement by Hon. Comrade Vik-Morrow Ulo, the International President of JusticeNOW International, also had as Guest Speakers US-based Ms Patience Key, a former Board Chairman of Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) and Hon. Henry Okafor, a financial expert based in Bristol, United Kingdom.
Ms Key noted that it is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians to support the Nigerian Project and not give up on the country while Hon. Okafor enjoined all to support JusticeNOW as the rallying point for restoration of justice, hope, love and peace in the country for the betterment of all.
He also reminded Nigerians that it would always be better to think of what they can do for the country than what the country can do for them, stressing that with renewed patriotism, Nigeria would rise again.
Other Nigerians from different parts of the world equally contributed to the discussion on how to make the country rise again, including Hon. Orire Alao from Uganda and US-based Dr. Kazeem Bello.
Awards were later given out to such personalities as Ambassador Ella, Ms. Key, the event Chairman, Chief (Sir) Okafor, Hon. Adeoye Obanleowo, Hon. Okafor, Dr. Bello, Attorney Wayne Sprauve, a Caribbean American and Dr. Agorom C. Dike.
Others who got awards include Hon. Orire Alao, Hon. Ray Kene, Amb. Chris Lekan and Comrade Jimmy Ekanem from the State of Israel.
Equally honored were Chief Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, CON, former Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Minister for Education, Prophet Isa El-Buba, a national and international peace crusader and the Barr. Kelvin Kwanga the Secretary General of JusticeNOW International.