NADECO USA Expresses Concerns Over Accusations Against Diaspora Groups by NIDCOM

By; Al Humphrey Onyanabo

 

Professor Mondy Gold, Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) USA, has raised concerns regarding the accusations made by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) against certain diaspora groups. The accusations, which were reported in Vanguard on Thursday, February 15, 2024, were attributed to Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of NiDCOM. Professor Gold emphasized the importance of safeguarding the integrity and accurate representation of Nigerian diaspora communities globally.

One of the points raised by Professor Gold questions the credibility of the accusations, particularly considering the government’s establishment under questionable circumstances. Professor Gold also highlights that the government is led by individuals with tainted reputations, including one who has been adjudged as a money launderer while in the diaspora. This irony adds skepticism to the accusations made by NiDCOM.

Another concern raised by Professor Gold is the strain placed on the relationship between NiDCOM and the diaspora due to these actions. This strain is reminiscent of previous tensions that arose during the 2023 elections, where criticisms were made about the perceived lack of political say the diaspora has, despite their significant historic role in championing civilian rule. Professor Gold argues that such actions only serve to undermine trust and collaboration between NiDCOM and the diaspora.

Professor Gold further highlights the abolishment of the Diaspora naira-for-dollar incentive scheme by the current administration. This scheme attracted over $22 billion from the diaspora into the Nigerian economy in 2022 alone, contradicting NiDCOM’s own position. The government’s policies, including blocking the transfer of dollars into the Nigerian economy, are seen as detrimental to both the diaspora and the Nigerian economy, hindering economic growth and exacerbating existing challenges faced by diaspora members and citizens within Nigeria.

To address these concerns, Professor Gold emphasizes the need for a more inclusive and cooperative relationship between NiDCOM and the diaspora. Collaboration and engagement are key to harnessing the potential of the diaspora for the benefit of Nigeria’s development and prosperity.

Professor Gold suggests that NiDCOM’s focus would be more effectively directed towards addressing domestic concerns, such as the aforementioned issues, and impartially resolving internal disputes within the Nigerian Diaspora Organization (NIDO). Additionally, rectifying management challenges within NIDO, which is overseen by the Nigerian government from a distance, is deemed crucial.

Furthermore, Professor Gold argues that fraudulent activities within diaspora organizations are already under the jurisdiction of competent agencies such as the IRS and FBI in the United States, as seen in the imprisonment of Mr. Tinubu’s accomplices in nefarious drug cartels in the USA. Therefore, the interference by NiDCOM may be perceived as unnecessary and an attempt to stifle dissent and legitimate activism within the diaspora.

Instead of suppressing diaspora voices, Professor Gold suggests that the administration should prioritize addressing pressing domestic issues such as the proliferation of terror groups, mass kidnappings, massacres, food inflation crisis, and Naira depreciation.

Engaging in constructive dialogue and demonstrating forward-thinking leadership are seen as crucial in navigating these challenges. Professor Gold emphasizes the need to support and appropriately recognize genuine diaspora organizations. By collaborating with diaspora leaders and stakeholders, NiDCOM can effectively address concerns while upholding the integrity of Nigerian diaspora representation.

Finally, Professor Gold commends organizations like NADECO and the Collaborative Council of Nigerians in Diaspora (CCND) for their commitment to promoting democracy, transparency, and accountability in Nigeria. Their efforts align with the aspirations of Nigerians both at home and abroad, and Professor Gold hopes that Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa shares this commitment.

In conclusion, NADECO USA expresses its concerns over the accusations made by NiDCOM against diaspora groups and calls for a more inclusive and cooperative approach to address the issues. The organization emphasizes the importance of recognizing and supporting genuine diaspora organizations while prioritizing the resolution of pressing domestic challenges.

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