The Nigerian community in the United States plans to hold a debate for all presidential candidates running in the 2023 general election.
The debate, titled “The Diaspora is Listening,” is scheduled for take place virtually on November 26, according to a statement signed by Olayinka DanSalami on behalf of the organizing committee.
The debate is organized by the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN Inc.) in collaboration with 15 other Nigerian partner organizations in the United States.
Mr. DanSalami said invitation letters have been sent to presidential candidates.
“The United States hosts one of the largest numbers of Nigerian citizens and associations in the world.
“They are essential to the political and socio-economic development of our dear country, despite the differences in cultures and languages.
“We also continue to hold the Nigerian flag high as we excel in our various endeavours.
“Thus, we believe that to achieve the Nigeria of our dream, everyone must make their own contribution.
“We believe that the 2023 presidential election is a critical and consequential election that has generated so much excitement, interest and support among fellow Diaspora Nigerians,” he said.
Mr. DanSalami said the election caused “a patriotic clamor from Nigerians in the Diaspora for presidential candidates to speak to us.
He added that the debate would also give people the opportunity to ask questions, suggestions, and candidate support.
“Therefore, it has become relevant to keep Nigerians in the Diaspora abreast of the manifestos of the candidates and the political orientations of their administrations.
“Also, to keep them updated on how their government would maximize the various opportunities that abound in Nigeria.
“And the key role Nigerians in the Diaspora would have to play for national development in these administrations.
“The debate will provide candidates with the opportunity to share their ideas in a moderated question and answer format,” DanSalami said.
He further said that the event would allow Nigerians in the Diaspora to have the opportunity to hear first hand from the presidential candidates, their intentions, and aspirations through an equal opportunity platform.
The Diaspora Listens event would also offer candidates the opportunity to hear directly from Diaspora voters about their concerns, priorities and what they would expect from the President when elected in 2023.
“The organizers encourage all of our Nigerians in the Diaspora to ‘save the date’ for this crucial and important event.
“We will update you on the format of the debates as we confirm the participation of presidential candidates,” he said.