How 'Nigerians In Diaspora Law' Will Save The Day For Nigerians Living In Diaspora.

_Onwordi Ngozi Fortune.

Following the spate of sustained attacks against Nigerians living in diaspora, such as the Afrophobic attacks against Nigerians in Libya, Ghana and South Africa and the continued execution of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking and related offenses, the implementation of the contents of Nigerians in Diaspora Law, a Bill sponsored in 2016 by Hon. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor and signed into Law by President Muhammadu Buhari is inevitable.

The law provides for the welfare of Nigerians living in Diaspora.
It provides for the Establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Provide for the Engagement of Nigerians in Diaspora in the Policies, Projects and Participation in the
Development of Nigeria and for the Purposes of utilizing the Human, Capital and Material
Resources of Nigerians in Diaspora towards the overall Socio-Economic, Cultural and Political
Development of Nigeria; and for Other related matters including providing assistance to distressed citizens in diaspora.

This is necessary, following renewed xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa which is currently under reported and downplayed as ordinary crime by South African Authorities.

Similarly, in spites of the efforts currently made by Nigeria to repatriate her citizens stranded in Libya, many are still stranded in the middle of attacks.
In addition, the Saudi Arabia Authorities recently made public a list of 20 Nigerians on death row in that country with 8 already executed without fair or open trial.

It is therefore crucial for the Presidency to make definitive statements backed by actions as a way of coming to the aide of Nigerians living in diaspora. Implementation of the Nigerians in Diaspora Bill will help to protect the interest of Nigerian citizens in diaspora and bring the government closer to the people.
The activities of the commission will also ensure more involvement of diaspora based citizens in the Economic Development and policy making in the country.

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