Jonathan Endorses Diaspora Voting for 2015 elections.
If you ask me, I don’t see the point in this exercise. Have you gotten the elections held on home ground right? The answer is an overwhelming no. So what is the point. It’s an opportunity to elongate the rigging process. It has no advantage at all. It will serve no one any good apart from the politicians and I can just about see unemployed Nigerians abroad carving a living out of representing corrupt Nigerian politicians all over the world with rowdy meetings that will further damage our already tattered image. It’s a CAPITAL NO for me…..and that word Diaspora……I dislike with a passion….what does it really mean? According to Wikipedia’s entry…..
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Diaspora (disambiguation).
A diaspora (from Greek διασπορά, “scattering, dispersion”) is “the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland” or “people dispersed by whatever cause to more than one location”, or “people settled far from their ancestral homelands”.
The word has come to refer to historical mass-dispersions of people with common roots, particularly movements of an involuntary nature, such as the expulsion of Jews from the Middle East, the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the southern Chinese during thecoolie slave trade, or the century-long exile of the Messenians under Spartan rule.
Recently, scholarship has distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations, or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral lands. Some diaspora communities maintain strong political ties with their homeland. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return, relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full assimilation into the host country.
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President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed yesterday that Nigerians in diaspora could vote in the 2015 general elections an issue, he said, he would address next year.
He also promised Nigerians in Diaspora that Nigerian government would be soon bring the gory killings of the Islamic extremists group, Boko Haram, which has turned the country into a nightmare to an end.
According to the president, the efforts of the government, activities of the group has been reduced drastically.
In addition, Jonathan who responded to other issues tabled before him by Nigerians in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic at a meeting with Nigerians residing in that country, bordering security challenges, education, roads and power assured the people that the president that would come after him would not be asked questions bordering on infrastructure.
The president hinted that he has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to look at the possibilities in which Nigerians in Diaspora are able to vote in the presidential and gubernatorial elections as a starting point.
Jonathan left the country for a working visit to Niamey where he joined President Issoufou Mohammadou of Niger Republic in presiding over a scheduled meeting of the High Authority of the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation.
Responding to a question of the possibilities of Diaspora voting come 2015, Jonathan said though he was not going to give a 100% response now as he was not sure whether it was feasible, Jonathan said, “I have asked INEC to work towards it by 2015.