The award of honorary citizenship to Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has elicited reactions from his party and co-contestant, Omoyele Sowore.
The Labour Party stated that the decision of the mayor of Dallas, Texas, to confer honorary citizenship on their presidential candidate demonstrated that they had put forward the best candidate among all contestants to save the country.
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“Today in Dallas Texas United States, I met with the Mayor of Dallas and his team,” Peter Obi, who announced the honorary citizenship conferment on Tuesday, said. I had the honour of being granted honorary citizenship of Dallas. In addition, I met with a small group of Texas judges.”
“Our Presidential Candidate @PeterObi met with the Mayor of Dallas, and was conferred with an Honorary Citizenship of Dallas,” the Labour Party said in a statement on their official Twitter handle. We have given Nigerians the best option for President.”
“Let other Presidential Candidates show Nigerians where they are and what they are doing,” they added.
In response to the former governor of Anambra’s citizenship conferment, African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore said by Peter Obi celebrating the conferment that he had been duped.
“No wonder Peter Obi clearly stated he has no ideology different from Atiku and the rest, for him to be celebrating the conferment of “honorary citizenship” of Dallas shows he has no idea that the award is not even worth the paper it was printed on,” Sowore said. Someone duped him!”
Meanwhile, the Labour Party presidential candidate has urged Nigerians living abroad not to grow weary of the country and to continue to invest in critical infrastructure to make it a better place to live.
Peter Obi, speaking to Nigerians in Texas on Wednesday, said the country needs their intervention in education and foreign direct investment.
The Labour Party presidential candidate acknowledged the impact of Nigerians in the diaspora and promised that if elected, he would create an enabling environment to ensure that they have the right to vote in 2027.
“I enjoin you never to despair or be weary in contributing your quota towards national capacity-building in Nigeria,” Obi said in a series of tweets. Let us reclaim our country. The time has come. We must seize the opportunity. Thank you very much. God bless everyone. God bless Nigeria’s Federal Republic.”
“Beyond their well-known role in sending remittances back home, the Diaspora is increasingly important in advancing technology and skill transfer, strengthening democracy, opening up global supply chains, trade and foreign direct investment, education and research, and healthcare,” he added. Nigerians in the diaspora serve as both the first line of representation and defence. They have been flying the national flag high by contributing their fair share to the country’s development in a variety of sectors.”
“In addition to foreign remittances, Nigeria Diaspora remittances now augment and support education, promote entrepreneurship and stimulate businesses, and investments in healthcare,” he said.
“The diaspora community can be effectively mobilised as true assets for our country’s rapid development.” The Nigerian diaspora can play a significant role in assisting Nigeria in transforming its education sector.
He went on to say, “The Nigeria Diaspora also plays an important role in healthcare and related matters.” It is critical that the exodus of Nigerian medical practitioners abroad begin to pay dividends back home in the form of improved healthcare delivery, infrastructure, and personnel as a result of skill transfer.
Opportunities abound for proactive Diaspora-government collaboration in expanding healthcare delivery, improving the quality of our healthcare system, and ensuring skill transfers to locally-based practitioners.