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Diaspora Nigerians urge home-based compatriots to stop campaigning for politicians in foreign lands

Abuja, Jan. 24, 2021

The Nigerian Diaspora Movement (NDM) on Sunday advised home-based Nigerians to stop campaigning for candidates contesting elections in other countries.

Chairman of NDM, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, gave the advice in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Nwauwa, also the Secretary-General of the African Diaspora Congress (ADC), said the advice became expedient to protect Nigerians living in other countries.

“I believe that for the common good of Nigerians, open support of candidates through the erection of campaign billboards and social media postings should be avoided.

“Since people who do so hardly have in-depth understanding of the complexities of other societies, shunning campaigns for candidates of other origins will be for our Nigerian common good,’’ he said.

Referring particularly to the last election in the United States of America, Nwauwa said: “you never know who would win though President Donald Trump’s tenure was a nightmare for many Nigerians.

“From his immigration policy, foreign relations and domestic policies, Trump’s government was anti-Africans; after all he once stated that he preferred immigrants from Norway.

“While the Nigerian Diaspora community in the U.S. suffered under the oppressive policies of Trump, it was quite embarrassing that many Nigerians in Nigeria, especially those of a particular faith remained his ardent supporters.’’

Nwauwa added: “they used all sorts of media to campaign for Trump, even when they knew only very little about the manner of the man for whom they were routing.

“Erroneously, these Nigerians believed that Trump was their religion’s hero, the defender of their faith. But both in policy and practice, he was none of that.

“Yet, many Nigerians held on to the impression that Trump was ordained to protect their faith and punish adherents of other faiths, overturn gay/lesbian rights, and abolish abortion.

“This was all a hoax. Nigerian Diasporas in the U.S. knew better and were relieved that Trump was not rewarded with a second term in office.’’

Nwauwa stressed that routing for candidates contesting elections outside Nigeria by Nigerians hindered smooth relationship between compatriots living in those countries and aggrieved parties there.

The NDM comprises about 20 million Nigerians in the diaspora working together to build a progressive nation.

The African Diaspora Congress is a coalition of the various groups of Africans in the Diaspora.

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