President Bola Tinubu, addressing Nigerians residing in the United States, emphasized the importance of their return to the homeland and urged them to set aside past leadership frustrations.
Speaking during a town hall meeting organized by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly session in New York, President Tinubu encouraged Nigerians living abroad to adopt a success-oriented mindset to surmount challenges in their endeavors.
The meeting, hosted by NiDCOM, provided President Tinubu with a platform to share his insights and guidance with the Nigerian diaspora community in the U.S.
“I want to give you a measure that will resonate with you. I was once a diaspora. What you have been through, I have been through it. A change of mindset is necessary, President Tinubu remarked.
“Take it this night that Nigeria is home for business opportunities.
“Also, anywhere you stay, there is always going to be an opportunity in, and in everything you do, there is always going to be an opportunity if you know how to search and put your mind into it,” he said.
He encouraged Nigerians abroad to view Nigeria as a land of business opportunities, noting that regardless of their location, opportunities abound for those who are willing to search and apply themselves.
President Tinubu expressed satisfaction with the achievements of Nigerians who have continued to excel in their chosen fields in their host countries.
“You are lucky to be among those who are celebrated for good manners and behavior and are operating in an acceptable manner.
“I’m very proud of you; I have also been beneficial of inspiration, determination, commitment, and perseverance, and that is all you need to get to pull through.
“But, we need you back home; Nigeria has arrived; forget the frustration of the previous year’s leadership,” he said.
Tinubu, commending the initiatives aimed at educating out-of-school children, improving healthcare, and addressing poverty reduction, emphasized that Nigeria holds a unique position of privilege.
Tinubu said, “Sincerely, we don’t have any reason to be poor; we are just poor in some leadership areas.
“That is what I harped on during my campaign. It was a very gruesome campaign, but I won the election. But if I didn’t throw myself into it with strong determination and results, I wouldn’t have won.
“There were so many hurdles on my way that would have stopped me. I refused to be stopped; you can do the same as many of you here who are contesting elections.”
He also urged Nigerians to embrace each other, emphasizing the importance of avoiding labeling or discrimination among fellow citizens.
Tinubu remarked, “It is imperative to embrace one another without categorization or the imposition of ethnic identities that create divisions.”
“We are all part of one unified family, residing in the same house, albeit in separate rooms,” he added.
The Town Hall Meeting was attended by several dignitaries, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar; Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola; and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.
Notable figures in attendance also included Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Uzoma Emenike; Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija; and Consul General in Atlanta, Amb. Amina Samaila. Additionally, Governors Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom, Uba Sani of Kaduna State, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara, and others were present.