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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Nigerians In Diaspora Mount Opposition Against Buhari!

Nigerians in Diaspora have raised their opposition against the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, in the February 14 presidential election.

The groundswell of opposition against the former military ruler is coming from the United States chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO).

At a press conference held at the Hilton Garden, Washington DC, Hon. Victor Ugho, the immediate past Vice-President of NIDO, who is now the current President of the Georgia State chapter of the association with headquarters in Atlanta, urged the former Head of State to perish the thought of becoming the next president of the country, saying that the world had moved past the likes of Buhari.

Hon. Ugho berated Buhari for allowing himself to be pushed around by people who were looking for ways to cause more pains to Nigerians.

His words: “As a matter of sincerity, I do not think Buhari is the best candidate for Nigeria at this period in time. He was there as Head of State, what did he do? Besides, he has not told us what he is going to do differently. We need continuity; the choice should not be based on tribal sentiments. Let him tell us how he is going to fix the so-called terrible situation he has identified. We need somebody who will not bring disunity.”

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer of NIDO, Mr. Ndubusi George, called on Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to think wisely and vote for the right candidate in next month’s presidential election.

“The devil we know is better than the angel we do not know. What we need now in the country is for all of us to unite and support President Jonathan who has been tested and trusted to lead the country for another four years. It is a fact that you should not expect something that had been damaged for years to be fixed overnight; it requires patience and perseverance to achieve this,” he said.

Similarly, the Diaspora Campaign Network (DCN) described the presidential aspiration of Gen Buhari as laughable.

The National Coordinator of the organization, Mr Franklin Ekechukwu, said Nigerians could not afford to return the management of the nation’s economy to a vestige of the military era during which time the nation’s economy was damaged.

He said, “Nigeria has made a big stride in the right direction since Jonathan became the president. Nigerians need to exercise patience to allow his policies to manifest.”

“It is laughable when somebody who was a retired military dictator suddenly becomes a father of democratic norms, whereas, when as a ruler, he dismissed the constitution and ruled by decree. Nigeria cannot go back to the old days where anything goes without proper planning,” he maintained.

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