President Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)
Lagos - A group of Nigerians in the Diaspora has embarked on an ambitious campaign to urge their compatriots back home to vote for incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in next week’s election.
Diaspora Nigerians in America, said to be the largest Nigeria Diaspora support group for Jonathan in America, has embarked on a ten-day telephone call to reach millions in the West Africa country vote for him.
"It is obvious that Nigerians in the Diaspora cannot vote in this election, but we can get millions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to call back home to their relatives - fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and others - to ensure that they have collected their PVCs and convince them to vote for Goodluck Jonathan," said Chairman of the Diaspora Nigerians in America, Dr Chika Onyeani.
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Onyeani said it was unfortunate that some Nigerians had decided to judge Jonathan on two things only-Boko Haram and Chibok girls- orchestrated by the Boko Haram that was established to destabilize the Jonathan administration.
“But Diaspora Nigerians in America believe that one of the greatest achievements of Goodluck Jonathan is laying a solid foundation for the growth of democracy in Africa's most populous country," he said.
"Look at the flourishing opposition group, look at flourishing media houses that are able to write and publish all kinds denigrating attacks on the Jonathan administration without hindrance, look at state governors declaring a holiday because a presidential candidate is visiting the state and the governor was not challenged,” Onyeani added.
These are the makings of a solid foundation for democratic growth, Onyeani said.
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“Also those of us in the Diaspora cannot forget the pride of Nigerians on how the Jonathan administration moved quickly to stanch the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, saving thousands from infection and death, putting Nigeria on a pedestal of being a country to emulate on how to contain the Ebola disease. Every Nigerian abroad was extremely happy to be identified as a Nigerian. Jonathan must be commended for having saved Nigerians the unfortunate fate that befell on other Africans in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.”
Onyeani claimed there were millions of Nigerians abroad who supported Jonathan but whose family members might have been misinformed about Jonathan's accomplishments.
“The task is for each Nigerian abroad to get on to their phones and talk to their family members to ensure they have picked up their PVCs, and if they are not already supporters of the President, to convince them to vote for him.”
Jonathan will vie for the Presidency against All Progressives Congress’ Muhammadu Buhari.