Nigerians residing in the United States are organizing a debate for each of the presidential contenders running in the election scheduled for February 25, 2023.
The presidential discussion, dubbed “The Diaspora Listens,” will take place online on November 26 according to a statement released on Sunday by the organizing committee and signed by Olayinka DanSalami.
The debate will be organized by the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN, Inc.) in conjunction with 15 additional Nigerian partner organizations in the United States.
The presidential candidates had been invited to the debate, according to Mr. DanSalami.
“The United States hosts one of the largest numbers of Nigerian citizens and associations worldwide. They are critical to the political and socio-economic development of our dear country, in spite of the differences in cultures and languages,” the statement explained. “We are also continuing to fly the Nigerian flag high as we excelled in our various endeavours.”
It added, “Thus, we believe that to actualise the Nigeria of our dream, everyone must contribute his or her own quota. We believe that the 2023 presidential election is a critical and consequential election that has generated so much enthusiasm, interest, and support among the Nigerian compatriots in the diaspora.”
Mr. DanSalami added that following the election, Nigerians living abroad made a patriotic demand to speak with the presidential contenders.
He added that the discussion will allow Nigerians living abroad stay up to current on the contenders’ platforms.
He added that the occasion will give Nigerians living abroad the chance to hear directly from presidential contenders about their goals and objectives.
The “Diaspora Listens” event would also give candidates the chance to speak with diaspora voters about their issues, top priorities, and expectations for the next president in 2023.
“The organisers encourage all our Nigerians in the diaspora to ‘save the date’ for this crucial and important event,” the debate organisers stated. “We would apprise you of the format of the debates as we confirm participation from the presidential candidates.”