Feb 5, 2018 – “Come Home, Invest & Fight For Nigeria To Be Better” – Politicians Tell US Based Nigerians
Citizens of Nigeria working hard in the United States of America have been urged to change their negative mindset about Nigeria and return home to build the Nigeria of their dream.
Ex-Governor Peter Obi and others made this call while motivating others at the just concluded Nigerian-American Business Forum in Florida.
Others who spoke on: ‘Investing in Nigeria from the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities’, were the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council President Abimbola Ogunbanjo and Nigerian-American entrepreneur Biodun Shobanjo.
They all challenged the diasporas to invest at home and help to build a better Nigeria of everybody’s dream.
Murray-Bruce, in his speech, said the diasporas could not sit idly by and watch the country run aground, adding “you must be willing to come home, invest and fight for Nigeria to be better.
“In the coming election, Nigeria must be better – no more business as usual. Nigerians in Diaspora constitute the largest foreign direct investment to Nigeria – 22 billion dollars – while NNPC contribute 30 billion dollars.
“So I am sponsoring a bill that you must be given the right to vote. Call your senators to support my bill. If Nigeria must be successful, you must be successful”.
Durotoye, on his part, said it was not too late for Nigeria to get it right, saying Nigeria could still be the most desirable country to live in the next seven years – 2025.
He challenged the diasporas to be like the Diaspora Jews and Indians who succeeded together and were able to go back to impact same on their respective countries.
Leadership coach and motivational speaker Fela Durotoye speaking at the Nigerian-American Investment Forum at Florida
“No nation in the world has been able to realise its potential without the involvement of its diasporas; Awolowo, Nkrumah, Kenyatta – were all diasporas. Don’t be escapist. As long as you want to escape, Nigeria is a ‘hole’ to you.
“Be an expertise, think of what to bring back home. Invest in each other, start investing in Nigerians who are here.
“So invest in young Nigerians at home; they are moving forward in spite of government. Search them out and mentor them.
“Nigeria was born with a wing but just put in a cage in the past 57 years but the cage is about to be broken,” Durotoye said.
Speaking in a similar vein, Biodun Shobanjo said there was absolutely no reason why the diasporas should not come and invest at home, saying the opportunities in Nigeria are vast.
“I’m imploring you, please come home and invest. The more people like you come and invest, the GDP – Gross Domestic Product – will grow and we will make Nigeria a better place,” Shobanjo said.