The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Americas, a non-profit organization, has called for credible and peaceful general elections scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 2.
In a statement issued by its Chairman Board of Directors, NIDO U.S. Chapter, Ms Patience Key, said that the elections placed Nigerians and Nigeria at a critical juncture in the history of the nation’s democracy.
Key said: “The Nigerians in the diaspora are eagerly looking forward to credible elections to help sustain and strengthen our democracy.
“The desire of the Nigerians, both at the homeland and in the diaspora, is to experience peaceful and transparent elections.
“NIDO, therefore, values and supports a democratic process that connotes credibility, fairness, freedom to individual’s choice of vote, transparency and peaceful engagement and outcome”.
NIDO urged “election observers, electoral officials and candidates, to avoid hate speech and essentially, potential attacks on the legitimacy of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the electoral process for political and selfish gains”.
“We, Nigerians, ultimately, are responsible for our destiny; we determine the sustainable solutions to the quest for peace and security for our country.
“This election is handing to us a great opportunity to shape and make Nigeria a stronger nation as a democratic leader in Africa”.
“We are hoping that at the next general elections, necessary measures would have been put in place to accord Nigerians in the diaspora the right to vote.
“Our contributions to the economic development of Nigeria in the form of remittances and financial wellbeing of Nigerians in the homeland, are of paramount importance.
“The diasporas value these contributions and should be accorded the right of participation in our nation’s democracy,” it added.