• False claim, says NIDO
By Adedayo Akinwale
Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO), Europe has accused the President of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri, from using his office to create discord between diaspora organizations at a time when Nigerians in the diaspora are uniting to fight a Covid-19 that is devastating the people and the nation.
The Director of Public Relations and Deputy Secretary General of NIDO Europe, Mr. Fidel Wilson, stated this in a statement released on Monday, reacting to a recent statement signed by Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Chief, Media and Relations Unit NIDCOM audiences, on behalf of Dabiri-Erewa, after a city hall meeting with Nigerians in America.
He quoted Dabiri-Erewa as saying she was optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari will properly form the NIDCOM council, but denounced the fallacy in some circles that the two diaspora representatives on six continents would come from just one diaspora organization.
Wilson said that the inclusion of two NIDO representatives from the relevant continents, as enshrined in the Law establishing it, does not in any way exclude the inclusion of other diaspora organizations and well-meaning Nigerians in the diaspora, emphasizing that, after all, the Commission was made for Nigerians in the Diaspora and not for Nigerians in Nigeria and selected friends of the NIDCOM president.
He stated: “During the city hall meeting, she referred to NIDO as an umbrella body for all diaspora organizations; Although this is correct due to the disposition of the spirit of the NIDCOM Act, therefore, it could not be a false belief at the same time, as presented in the statement to the press.
“So, can Abike Dabiri-Erewa contrast his press release in Paragrah 8 with the relevant provisions on page A 186 2017 No. 15? The instrument is quite explicit in the functioning of NIDO and other Nigerian organizations in the diaspora; therefore, Abike Dabiri-Erewa must give up causing divisions in the diaspora organization to favor his indiscretion.
“Abike Dabiri-Erewa's act is invariably dangerous, as it propagates misleading information while using the position of his office to caress the amber of discord among diaspora organizations over their selfish interest as Nigerians in the diaspora are increasingly more united to fight a common enemy (Covid-19) that is devastating our people and our nation. "
The group, however, expressed confidence in the judgment of the president and other key diaspora advisers to take the right steps.
Reacting, Balogun said that NIDO remains an organization for some individuals, unlike NIDCOM which managed to bring together all organizations in the diaspora.
According to him, President Obasanjo did indeed want NIDO to be an umbrella body for all organizations in the diaspora, but unfortunately for 20 years it remained an organization for some people, who sought favors for themselves in the name of the diaspora .
Balogun questioned what NIDO Europe has achieved in addition to circulating the same people in the past 20 years.