The Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council (NDVC) says passage of the Diaspora Voting Bill into law will enable Nigerians in the Diaspora to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s governance and economic development.
The council’s Secretary, Mr Tolu Oluwatuyi, gave the assurance while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
He noted that the bill had passed the second reading at the National Assembly.
“If there exists any wish by the over 17 million Nigerians outside the shores of the country for their fatherland, it is the long-awaited franchise to be granted by Nigeria National Assembly that will enable them participate in the country’s electioneering process without being physically present.
“The yearnings are age-long, the advocacy has been running for over a decade,” he said.
Oluwatuyi said that much commitment, resources, time and energy had been deployed for the actualisation of the dream in the past three years.
According to him, this renewed zeal and vigour to see that the bill is passed into law is being championed by the council’s leadership which left no stone unturned.
He said the council under the chairmanship of Mr Ade Omole had recorded tremendous progress on the matter.
He said that the council would not relent until full ralisation of the goal, adding that engagements regarding the bill were still ongoing.
Oluwatuyisaid the efforts were to ensure that millions of Nigerians resident in different countries could participate in electioneering processes of their fatherland.
The secretary called for more support and cooperation in ensuring passage of the bill in the interest of the country.
He said that the passage into law, by the National Assembly, would improve Nigeria’s political architecture.
“The task has been herculean and faced with many bottlenecks, but all of these are not insurmountable with determination.
“Many hurdles have been crossed and many limits broken, what we have ahead may not be as daunting as what we already sailed through.
“It is our sincere hope that the Red Sea will be crossed because the council remains firm and resolute to give its all.
“For the council, it is no retreat, no surrender,” Oluwatuyi stressed. (NAN)
Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has warned against advocating for a coup due to economic hardship, emphasizing patience and the superiority of democracy.
He made this known on Thursday while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Army 6 Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after commissioning some building projects.
General Musa urged individuals promoting military takeover to cease such statements.
The Chief of Defence Staff had earlier commissioned the newly constructed Entrance Gate and Officers Transit Accommodation at the 6 Division Headquarters.
Protests have occurred in Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Niger and some parts of the country in the last few weeks over the hardship experienced in the country as Nigerians lament food inflation, high cost of living, amongst other harsh living conditions occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, forex crisis, amongst others.
Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading
A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country.
Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country.
State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase.
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”.
Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, have repeatedly called for state police as solution the myriad of increasing security challenges confronting the nation.
Already, states in the South-West geopolitical zone have formed the Amotekun while their counterparts in the South-East also created state-owned security outfit Ebube Agu. The Benue Guards has also been operational in Benue State in the North Central while states like Katsina, Zamfara and other bandit-prone sub-nationals have also come up with similar state-established outfits.
However, these outfits have not been effective as anticipated as they don’t have the backing of the Federal Government or the Presidency while states continue to demand that Amotekun, Ebube Agu and others are granted license to bear assault rifles like AK-47 to confront lethal gun-toting marauders.
Insecurity: Nigeria To Intensify Patrol Of Its Borders -Security Chiefs
Nigeria security chiefs on Tuesday gave an indication of intensive patrol of the nation’s borders in a bid to tackle security challenges in the country.
Specifically, the security chiefs said more men will be deploy to the nation’s borders.
There was also an assurance from the ministry of finance that more funds will be released expeditiously to purchase sophisticated equipment to fight insecurity.
Worried by the insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Senate summoned the Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawale, Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Gaidam and Minister of Interior Tunji Ojo.
Rising from 9 hours meeting, the senate expressed concern about insecurity, saying it was affecting food supply and other aspect of the economy.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the close session, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Yemi Adaramodu said
the security chiefs answered questions posed them satisfactory.
“We got assurance from the security chiefs that the border patrol will be intensified and that the borders must be manned by more men”.
He said one of the major resolutions was to urge the Federal Government to make citizenship registration in Nigeria, compulsory.
“We also spoke about standardization, authentication and unification of the nation’s identity system via NIN and BVN” Adaramodu added.
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