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Opinion: 2021 Election: Here’s How Anambra Diaspora Can Support The Political Process At Home.

A diaspora is a large group of people with similar heritage or homeland, who have since moved out to places all over the world. Diasporas live and work in states, regions or countries different from their country of birth, or homeland. The term has been used also to describe Itinerant Nigerians who are scattered all over the world, either as political or economic migrants. 

Wherever they find themselves, Nigerian diaspora have always distinguished themselves in the professions, be it medical, academia, sports, technology, finance, business and other fields. 

The Federal Government signed the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Establishment Bill into law in July 2017 after recognising the strategic importance of the Nigerian Diaspora. The Law established the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, which was set up to engage and utilise the human, capital and material resources of this demography in the socioeconomic, cultural and political development of Nigeria. 

Abike Dabiri-Erewa was appointed as the first chairman and chief executive officer of the Commission. In 2019, the Federal Government went a step further by recognising July 25 of every year as National Diaspora day. Anambra state government has also set up the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism. 

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There is also another possibility that remittances to Nigeria are much higher than have been officially captured. This is because many Nigerians abroad explore unofficial ways of sending home money in order to maximize unofficial exchange rates.

Beyond the foreign remittances, the healthcare and educational support Nigeria and Anambra diaspora provide for their people back home, there is even greater expectation that they should be more involved in the political process back home, even if indirectly. 

In discussing Nigeria diaspora, Anambra diaspora is peculiar. According former Central Bank Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6, 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election, “Ndi Anambra are itinerant people and look forward to having a prosperous homeland where they will bring back their investments to, and where they will always come back to live, work, play and do business”.

Anambra diaspora can be found all over the world, in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and outside Nigeria. It’s about time that their skills, talents and economic powers are harnessed not only for the economic development of the state, but also its political development. 

The 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election presents a good opportunity for Anambra diaspora to play an active role in influencing the eventual winner of the gubernatorial election for the greater good of the state. It is expected that having analysed all the candidates, they should be able to identify that one candidate they believe will help create a prosperous homeland for Ndi Anambra. A homeland that will be liveable where Ndi Anambra can live, work, play and do business. Just like what obtains in the various locations where they reside. 

Sending money home is good but it should not stop there. Ndi Anambra in the diaspora should wield their economic power to influence policies and this also means helping to mobilise their people at home to vote - in a credible gubernatorial candidate.

They should call their family members, associates and friends on the phone, discuss with them on social media including WhatsApp platforms and impress upon them the need to shun money politics, electoral violence, and the greater need to vote - in an ‘A’ candidate that can take the development of Anambra, the ‘A’ state to greater heights. 

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