THOMPSON ANYADIKE, Owerri
Regional Leader Mid West of All Progressives Congress, APC in Diaspora, in the United States of America, U.S.A. Chief Titus Nwunne Amadi has advocated an amendment to the Electoral Act to enable eligible Nigerian voters abroad exercise their franchise during the 2019 general election.
He said that the aim of forming the party in America was to enable the APC have a global appeal as well as allow Nigerians in Diaspora participate actively in the internal affairs of their country.
Sir Titus, who made the call recently in an interview with newsmen in Owerri, Imo state capital said other African countries allow their own citizens abroad participate in their elections, adding that five states, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconcin, Iowa and Ohio make up the Mid West group even as he called on Nigeria to support the APC chapter in the U.S. A.
Amadi, who was voted unanimously as the President/CEO of Nigerians in Michigan/Nigerian Foundation USA said that Nigerians cannot move forward without those living outside the shores of the country contributing their quota.
He said that even though the party has the mandate to expand, their primary objective is to create jobs and not to criticize or condemn government but to look for areas of need of the citizens to assist them.
As crusader of APC in the U.S.A. he said that aim of his visit to Nigeria was to ascertain areas of need and report back as plans are underway to formally launch the party later this year while prominent Nigerians, such as governors, senators, representatives and others are expected to participate.
He said that he intends returning home to invest in Imo State as the state has many tourist attractions, with relative good security and pleaded with government to create more enabling environment for foreign investors.
In spite of the negative perception by some Nigerians abroad against the country on security, he promised to stop at nothing in correcting such belief among those living in Diaspora, as visiting home is seen as a nightmare to some of them.
On the APC- led federal government, Amadi maintained that Nigeria’s problems did not start today and not created by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration but insisted that things would change as citizens like himself can contribute to a better Nigeria.
He agreed that his encounter with Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha would enable him appreciate more areas of need to inform Nigerians in Michigan and other States in the U.S.A. on the need not to forget home but to invest there.
On education, he called on government to add the teaching of European history in the primary school curriculum so as to sharpen the brain of young ones into knowing their rights and privileges over governments’ policies and programmes.
Amadi lauded the APC chairman in Imo State, Dr. Hilary Eke for supporting the formation of the party in Diaspora and also his promise of giving them an office in Owerri.
He urged both federal and state governments to embrace the APC members in Diaspora.
For a better society.