Johannesburg - Mr Okey Emuchay, the Nigerian Consul General in Johannesburg, has urged Nigerians living in South Africa, to place the interest of Nigeria above their self interest..
Emuchay told the Nigerians at the election of new executive for the Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA) on Sunday that Nigeria was bigger than any individual or group interest.
``The welfare of Nigerians living in South Africa is more important than our private individual wishes. NUSA is beyond and bigger
than all of us,’’ Emuchay said.
He said the challenges being faced by the union were bound to happen.
``NUSA is a baby and as we all know, a baby needs to be nurtured to grow to an adult. Therefore challenges in NUSA are
common in any human organisation and bound to happen.
``So we need to handle our differences with maturity, we need to have it at the back of our minds that Nigeria is bigger than all
of us,so today we have ended a process that began in Cape Town with election of provincial officers.
```I would want us to begin to appreciate the importance of NUSA as an umbrella organisation for all Nigerians living in South
Africa,’’ Emuchay said.
He said the Consulate had no preferred candidates for any position.
``At the level of the Consulate and the High Commission, we encourage activities of NUSA to be linked with all Nigerians living
in South Africa.
``But we do not support any candidate for any of the elective positions in any Nigerian organisation in South Africa.
``That is not our work, our work is to see that the process is free, fair and transparent as well as to ensure that the process
is acceptable to all our citizens,’’ Emuchay said.
He urged the elected officials to carry along all the provinces in the activities of NUSA.
``You need to agree at the national level to give support to the provinces, because chapters are the block on which NUSA is built,
the provinces are as important as the national body.
``There is nobody at the national level who does not come from the provinces and chapters, so you don’t turn your back away
from where you all come from,’’ Emuchay said.
All the new elected executive members were unopposed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Anyene Chinweuba, was elected as the President; Abubakar Abdulraham was
elected Vice-president; Olubanjo Adetola, Secretary-General and Onyeka Okoli, Assistant Secretary-General.
Others are Nwosu Edward, Public Relation Officer; Onemu Owhununu, Organising Secretary; Clement Olufemi, assistant
Organising Secretary and Aremu Lawal, Treasurer.
Chiweuba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), after his election that his main priority, ``is to reconcile all the aggrieved
``There are challenges NUSA is expected face like any new union, but what is important is the way we manage our differences,
so my main priority is how to bring together all Nigerians living in South Africa.
``There is need for all of us to have a common ground on any issue, we are in a foreign land and there is need to work
together as Nigerians,’’ Chiweuba said.
He said in collaboration with the Nigeria Consulate, the union would build a Nigerian house which will be a rallying point
for all Nigerians in South Africa.
Chiweuba urged wealthy Nigerians in South Africa to assist the less privileged ones.
The new executives will run a first term of two years.