Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has charged the Nigerians in diaspora to invest their talent and resources to build the nation.
Jonathan made this call while addressing the European branch of Nigerians in Diaspora under the aegis Nigeria in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE).
The former president, at the annual general meeting of the association held in Dortmund, he charged the citizens not to wait until Nigeria is better before making their contributions.
In a statement made available on his verified Facebook page after the meeting he attended virtually, he identified the importance of Diaspora in the development journey of the country.
While he relayed how he was able to “robustly engage” diaspora in building Nigeria as a president, the former Governor of Bayelsa State said the diaspora is expected to be more involved in the developmental goal of this country with the birth of Nigeria in Diaspora Organisations under the Buhari-led administration.
He wrote; “the Diaspora has always been an important part of Nigeria’s development journey. You act as agents of change because of your capacity to deploy your expertise, facilitate investments and leverage international connections to boost economic and industrial development.
“As President, my administration had a policy of actively and robustly engaging the Diaspora in a coordinated fashion.
“I expect the Diaspora to be more involved today in promoting entrepreneurship and development, especially with the birthing of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission of this present administration.
“This is not the time to wait until our country and its systems begin to run efficiently before you consider investing your talents and resources to its growth.
“Nigerians should not see themselves as foreigners in the Nigerian project. This is the time for all of us to fire up our patriotism and explore more ways of helping to build our nation.
“Some of my thoughts today during the annual general meeting of Nigeria in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) holding in Dortmund, Germany where I joined them virtually.”