Nigerians in U.S. seek audience with President Tinubu during UNGA

President Bola Tinubu

The Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) and partner organisations are seeking an audience with President Bola Tinubu on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Tinubu arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the High-Level meetings of the 78th session of UNGA.

The event is scheduled to open on Monday with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit.

James Francis, an OAN board member, in a letter on behalf of 20 Nigerian organisations, said the group would like Tinubu to have a strategic Town Hall Meeting with U.S.-based Nigerians.

A copy of the letter made available to NAN in New York stated that the strategic meeting was to ensure the most fruitful engagement between the Nigerians in the country and their President.

“We welcome you on your first official trip to the U.S. as the President of our nation, and hope you will take advantage of our invitation to engage with Nigerians in the U.S.

“ OAN and its partner organisations specifically welcome you to the U.S. on your maiden High-Level meetings of the 78th Session, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We also wish to assure you of the support of Nigerians in the U.S.,’’ Francis said.

The official said Nigeria is blessed with abundant eminently-qualified human resources spanning all sectors in the diaspora, and especially in the U.S.

“We are also pleased to note that this demography of Nigerians is unapologetically patriotic and unwaveringly committed to the development of our homeland.

“Nigerians are part of the brain thrust of many successful large corporations and industries in the U.S., UK, Canada, and other parts of the world.

“Many of them are C-level executives in these establishments that are responsible for managing the critical aspects of the economy of their host countries,” he said.

According to him, the diaspora is beyond the billions dollars in annual remittances to Nigeria.

Francis said that many countries the world over had since leveraged on their diaspora to turn their fortunes around due to strategic importance of diaspora to the development of any nation.

“As you embark on the arduous task of returning Nigeria to her glorious days, we are assuring you of the support of many qualified Nigerians in the diaspora.

“Indeed, the Nigerian diaspora are available complimentary talents that can contribute immensely to your administration, especially in critical areas that require international collaborations and relationships, or where there are needs to build Nigerian standard to internationally-reputable standards,’’ he added.