Nigerians in diaspora lampoon Reps deputy speaker over dismissed petition

do not have a right to make a petition to the House. In 2019, Nigerians residing abroad had contributed approximately $23.5 billion to the Nigerian economy
in the form of direct business investments and remittances to their families to help offset hospital,education, water and electricity bills, and for food and security.

“In a functioning society, the Nigerian government ought to have been providing these services, obviating the need for Nigerians abroad to sacrifice their hard earned and some-times meagre salaries. It is worth further pointing out that in 2018, diaspora remittances translated to 83 per cent of the federal budget, and was 11 times the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows. “

The association wondered why a country like China is engaging its diaspora citizens, yet Nigeria’s leadership is actively discouraging and denying Nigerians abroad a voice in the affairs of their country.


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