The lawmaker representing Abia North Senatorial District, Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday expressed optimism that Nigerians in the diaspora would be able to vote.
Chief Whip of the Senate stated this in Maryland when he met Nigerians living in the United States at the home of Hon Emeka Eboe.
Kalu in his address noted that lawmakers in the 10th National Assembly would put things in place to allow Nigerians living outside the country to vote.
The lawmaker while speaking said “As a Nigerian, irrespective of where you stay or live, you should have a say in deciding who leads you. Therefore, in the nearest future, it should be possible for Nigerians in the diaspora to participate in our national elections. In 1992 as a member of the House of Representatives, I introduced the dual citizenship bill. By God’s grace in the 10th Senate, we will introduce a bill that will allow Nigerians in the diaspora to vote for their chosen candidate.
“We cannot ignore the millions of Nigerians across the globe making a significant impact on the country’s economy and our overall development as a nation.”
Kalu who described Nigerians in the diaspora as a critical component of Nigeria’s development emphasised the importance of effectively mobilising Nigerians.
He called on Nigerians outside the country not to be disturbed by the security challenges in the country, but to focus on helping the country.
Kalu said, “Continue to be patriotic here. Don’t lose hope in Nigeria; keep hope alive. We are going to overcome our challenges as a nation.
“I’m appealing to you all to always promote our country positively. Yes, we have challenges, but Nigeria is our only country. We must therefore unite irrespective of our religion, ethnicity or race.”