Written by Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has begun moves to ensure that Nigerians in the Diaspora are able to vote in future general elections.
Jonathan said this on Friday in Paris at a meeting with representatives of Nigerians resident in France.
He pledged that his administration would not leave any stone unturned to ensure that the plan sailed through.
He promised to initiate talks with the Independent National Electoral Commission and other relevant bodies on the issue.
The President said that he believed that Nigerians outside the country should have the right to participate in the election of those who run the affairs of their country.
He said he believed that no effort should be spared in ensuring that they exercised their right irrespective of where they lived.
Jonathan said he would continue to count on the contributions and support of Nigerians within and outside the country for the successful implementation of his agenda for national transformation.
He said, “We need people with experience at home and abroad to make contributions.
“When I interact with world leaders, they always say that Nigerians are a fantastic people.
“Everywhere, the leaders say that Nigeria has great human resources.
What we need to do is to provide the enabling environment at home so that people can be encouraged to come back home.
“That is why we are working on security, power and other issues.”
He thanked Nigerians living in France and the United Kingdom for coming to Paris to meet with him.
He assured them that he would continue to work diligently to fulfill his promise to significantly improve the living conditions of Nigerians before the expiration of his tenure.
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