Buhari backs demand for Diaspora voting - ESUT PARROT

Buhari backs demand for Diaspora voting

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday supported the calls by Nigerians in the Diaspora to vote in future elections.

But he said such a decision should pass through a legislative process.

The President spoke at a meeting with the Nigerian Community in Ethiopia (NICE).

He assured Nigerians at home and abroad of his administration’s resolve to defeat terror groups, like Boko Haram, ISWAP and other groups of criminals across the country.


President Buhari urged Nigerians to support and cooperate with security agencies, who he said were ready to defend and preserve the unity of the country.

The meeting, which was moderated by the Chairman/Chief Executive of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, observed a minute silence in honour of about 30 Nigerians burnt to death by Boko Haram terrorists in Auno, Borno State, on Monday.


A statement by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the President spoke on Diaspora voting while responding to a question  by the leader of NICE, David Omozuafoh.

“I have said it severally that I am not against it (Diaspora voting). However, you will need to convince the National Assembly to amend the relevant laws to make Diaspora voting a reality,” the President said.

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