Re- Coalition of Oduduwa Descendant’s call for NiDCOM dissolution: NiDCOM is a veritable vehicle for Nigeria’s economic growth, national unity

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By Joy Odor

The call by a so-called Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants on the Federal
government of Nigeria to either dissolve or restructure the Nigerians
in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) will not have been anything to write
home about.

But it becomes imperative that, as one of Nigeria’s association in the Diaspora, we must respond to this misguided, perhaps
borne out of a deliberate miseducation of this coalition, call for NiDCOM dissolution not only because the commission represents Nigerians the world over (our association and its members inclusive), but the unassailable fact that Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has been a “one-woman”
battalion whose interest in the wellbeing of Nigerians in the Diaspora is beyond reproach, even before the establishment of a commission of which she’s now its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The coalition’s so-called World Press Conference was laughable as it was
comical not only because the organizers exhibited deeply flawed thought
process in advancing whatever grievances they may have with the commission, but the sheer fact that those reasons themselves are as unintelligible, crass and badly disjointed which shouldn’t have emanated from any Oduduwa descendants, let alone a Coalition. A World Press Conference doesn’t get any asinine than that.

In calling for the Commission’s dissolution or restructure, the coalition’s National Coordinator, *Lekan Ekundayo,* said that “hate campaigns (are ongoing because) some disgruntled elements abroad (are)
endorsing negative publicity about Nigeria.” As a result of this “negative publicity” by these faceless Nigerians “enemies of the
Nigerian state like Boko Haram, insurgents and other economic saboteurs…continue to wreak havoc on the country” because, in
Ekundayo’s warped mind like that of a simpleton, “NiDCOM has become the
refinery for the processing of crude, scathing critics and all forms of
negativism against Nigeria.”

Perhaps Ekundayo and the coalition he purport to represent simply lacks
the presence of mind to understand the fact that in a free world, even
in Nigeria, people can never share the same opinion about the situation
of their country and how it is being administered.

Pray thee, what has NiDCOM got to do with the independent criticisms of
some Nigerians in the Diaspora? What also has Boko Haram and other
insurgencies that currently bedevils the country got to do with these
unsubstantiated criticisms?

Would Boko Haram, banditry, kidnappings and other nefarious activities of these degenerates suddenly evaporate were
this “negative publicity” to have stopped? How has NiDCOM “become the
refinery for the processing of crude, scathing critics and all forms of
negativism against Nigeria?”

Where’s the connecting thread between
NiDCOM and the imbecilic reasons advanced by Ekundayo and his coalition
for the Commission’s dissolution?

While we may never know why Lekan Ekundayo has chosen to go down this
perfidious road (and it’s frankly unimportant to us) about NiDCOM, they
should advance intelligent arguments next time if they’re truly desirous
of having the Commission scrapped or restructured.

The coalition’s pointless characterization of NiDCOM is Dead On Arrival as it is an
attempt at crying wolf when there’s absolutely none.

ENGR. GBENGA OMONIYA
_Hagerstown, Maryland, US_
for: Association of Nigerian Professionals in the Americas

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