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NIGERIAN CITIZENS FIRST; ENCOURAGING THE POLICY OF RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL

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NIGERIAN CITIZENS FIRST ENCOURAGING THE POLICY OF RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL The Nigerian Diaspora would attract more than an ephemeral attention on this subject, for obvious reasons of resources, exposure, ability and capability to assist in growing the nations economy. The thought of the circumstances leading to the ‘’exodus’’ of our sisters and brothers abroad could be very painful. Yes, they have the right to be angry; just like all other well meaning Nigerians. However, we must realize that annoyance and apathy would never provide the solutions that would build a greater Nigeria for the benefit of all. The ‘’exodus’’ of highly skilled Nigerian professionals commenced in the mid-1980s when they started receiving mouth-watering offers of engagement from foreign nations in need of experts in diverse fields particularly the health sector. Millions of Nigerians emigrated from Nigeria to other parts of the world. It is estimated that about 15 million Nigerians currently live outside the country. Information available on NigerianDiaspora.com indicates that ‘’The Nigerian Diaspora covers practically every part of the world,  but the largest populations of Nigerians can be found in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. In Europe, London’s Peckham is called “Little Lagos” because of the population of Nigerians residing there; and in the United States, Houston, Texas, has the largest population of Nigerians in the country. One common inclination is that many Nigerian citizens abroad are angry at their country for allegedly ‘’forcing them into exile’’ as a result of economic hardships.  Nobody can blame them for maintaining this posture. However, it would seem appropriate for all Nigerians to collaborate in solving common problems. It would take such factors as patriotism, dedication and commitment to the agenda of nation building to get things right.  It is important for all to overlook the pains of the past and look to the future with great optimism. We require creative thinking and great workable ideas.  The Nigerian Diaspora is making its mark all over the world as some of the best professionals in various fields. Nigerians are all over the world with intimidating credentials dominating their environment. Even students of Nigerian origin are demonstrating the prowess of Nigerians by taking the lead in Ivy League educational institutions. From abroad, Nigerians could contribute to the process of change through indirect involvement in governance. With experiences of Western societies and the education acquired in the advanced world, our brothers…

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