On Peter Obi’s Diaspora Engagement: ‘I Need To Tap Brains Of Nigerians Abroad For Task Ahead’
Obi in Germany on Friday, August 26, 2022

Peter Obi In Germany, Canada, Says He Consults Nigerian Diaspora ‘For The Task Ahead’

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Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi in Germany said he is currently on a trip to different countries on invitation by Nigerians in the Diaspora. He  hinted that the engagements will enable him to interact with them and garner their insights on how to tackle the challenges impeding development in the country.

Prime Business Africa reports that the former Anambra State governor has left Germany for Canada on Wednesday August 27.

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Nigerians  abroad who got excited about Obi’s messages on the way forward for the country, had extended an invitation to him to come for robust engagements that would enable them make their own contributions to the cause of rebuilding the country.
Obi has since his emergence as Labour Party presidential candidate for the 2023 election, been vigorously speaking on vital solutions to the nation’s myriad of socio-economic and political challenges.

A statement released on Friday by the Obi-Datti Media Office explained that Peter Obi in Germany attributed  the engagement to his  belief that the Nigerians in the diaspora have a critical role to play in moving the country forward, adding that he would regularly make such trips in the course of his campaigns in the months ahead.

“Obi’s messages ahead of 2023 which resonate with Nigerians especially youths who are turning it into a political movement has attracted the attention of Nigerians and indeed Africans in the Diaspora who want to share in his vision and invited him to come over for various conferences, meetings and interviews.
“Obi who is excited about the trip said he is anxious because Diasporas who are leaving in a good system have a lot to impact for the challenges ahead.”

The presidential candidate noted that to achieve a better result in the task of nation-building, there all Nigerians must be involved and be carried along. Speaking on his expectations in the trip, Obi said “I need to tap their brains on the task ahead, they are all as anxious as all of us for a better Nigeria in our life time, I am excited to meet them all.”

On Peter Obi’s Diaspora Engagement: ‘I Need To Tap Brains Of Nigerians Abroad For Task Ahead’
Obi in Germany on Friday, August 26, 2022

As part of the trip, Obi was in Frankfurt, Germany on Friday where he met with Nigerians who warmly welcomed him.
Speaking to them, Obi stated that when elected, his government would have zero tolerance for corruption and also cut cost of governance in order to channel resources to productive ventures to strengthen the economy.

On stabilizing the country’s currency, the former Anambra State governor said that can be achieved through scaling up production to increase exports.

“We will move our country robustly from consumption to production, and especially with strong support from exportation of Nigerian manufactured goods and commodities.
“We will aggressively pursue human capital development in the education and health sectors with a view of meeting global funding targets and best practices.

“Somebody asked me what are we going to do to stabilize the naira and I said it is very simple; production, because the more you produce goods and export, the more your currency becomes stronger, if you are looking for dollars and Euro, just go and sell something to somebody that has euro and dollar and your currency will become strong, Obi stated.

He also assured that Africa will remain the centrepiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy as it will improve the diplomatic sphere of influence via peacekeeping, trade, and investment initiatives.
On diaspora engagement, Obi promised to provide the opportunity for diaspora Nigerians to vote in the 2027 elections if elected president next year.

“We will continue to engage the Nigerian Diaspora in ways that is mutually beneficial. By 2027 election, Nigerian Diaspora must have a voice via absentee ballots.”

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Talking about racism, Peter Obi said, “I don’t see any country as racist. If you think your host country is racist you can go back to your country. The reason why you are here is because your place is not working. So, it is our duty to turn things around in Nigeria for the good of our country.
“Somebody asked me a question about going to look for foreign investors, I said Nigerians outside are going to do what China and India did.

“It is good for us to go back and fix our place, we need to secure it and it is important for our place to have proper leadership that is visionary, there is nothing happening in other countries that are rocket science, a country is measured by its productive capacity.


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