Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, said on Thursday, that the only way Nigeria can witnessed the socio-economic growth and development it desire is to elect visionary leaders and disruptive thinkers in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Obi said that only such leaders would facilitate the return of Nigeria to the right trajectory, in terms of social, political, economy, security and other areas, so the country can be able to compete in the comity of developed nations.
Obi in a tweet on Thursday, solicited the support of Nigerians in diaspora whom he described as great assets to Nigeria, hence he solicited their support to the collective effort to rescue Nigeria from dungeon of underdevelopment and backwardness.
He said: “The Nigerians in diaspora can help to mobilize efforts in the direction of private sector investment. Beyond your sheer financial power, your contributions also include ideas, creativity, and a diverse global network. I foresee a diaspora role of infinite possibilities when and if our sons and daughters, elect to deploy their technology, expertise, industrial discipline and experience, to Nigeria for national development and encourage their hosts and friends to invest in Nigeria.
“In 2021 Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was $4.8 billion. This is paltry compared to diaspora remittances. Therefore, I see diaspora remittances as the new normal and becoming Nigeria’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Moreover, expert assessments are indicative that with proper policy and planning, Nigerians in diaspora could potentially remit about $60 billion annually which will translate to about 14 per cent of our total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Nigeria diaspora family has the capacity to catapult our nation to greatness.
“Some Nigerians are in America by choice; but majority are not there by choice, circumstances in Nigeria compelled their sojourn. But I also know this much that your hearts are with us in Nigeria.”
The former Anambra State Governor disclosed that the review of Nigeria’s Constitution will be part of the overall restructuring that Nigerians desire, and it will entail legislative, executive and judicial actions.
He added: “We will seek to reunite Nigeria through strict adherence to Constitutional provisions on equitable representation in Federal establishments and regenerate a sense of belonging to all citizens through inclusivity and adequate representation of women, youths and people with disability in government.
“We will have zero tolerance for corruption, block financial leakages and cut the cost of governance. Our total commitment to transparency and accountability in government business is the only credible way to achieve limited to zero corruption.
“We will aggressively pursue human capital development in the education and health sectors within available resources; with a view to adopting pertinent global best practices in both sectors.”
Obi registered his concerns that Nigeria has lost its fatherly role in Africa, promising that he will proactively reassert Nigeria’s leadership role in the continental affairs through constructive engagement, using existing sub-regional and regional forums as well as bilateral platforms for dialogue on current and emerging challenges.
He maintained that Africa will remain the centrepiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy, with a promise that he will improve Nigeria’s diplomatic sphere of influence via peacekeeping, trade, and investment initiatives.
He added: “We will rebuild Nigeria’s military power, promote economic growth, and enhance its technological prowess to improve Nigeria’s diplomatic influence in sub-regional, regional and global affairs via peacekeeping activities.
“We will pay attention to tackling Nigeria’s myriad domestic challenges, in particular improving governance and promoting national cohesion in as much as an active foreign policy critically depends on a vibrant and peaceful domestic situation.”
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