Embracing Unity: Nigerians Abroad and at Home – Insights from Obasanjo
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo recently addressed a gathering of Nigerian diaspora members and emphasized the importance of unity and togetherness both abroad and at home. While acknowledging the unity exhibited by Nigerians in foreign lands, he highlighted the need for this unity to be carried over when they return to their home country. In this blog post, we delve into Obasanjo’s insightful remarks and explore the significance of fostering a sense of national unity among Nigerians, regardless of their geographical location.
In a recent evening reception held in New Brunswick, New Jersey, former President Olusegun Obasanjo joined a delegation of esteemed traditional leaders and academics, including Oba (Prof.) Saka Matemilola, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom. During his address, Obasanjo commended Nigerians residing abroad for their remarkable achievements in various fields and urged them to uphold their responsibility as good citizens, both within their adopted countries and upon returning to Nigeria.
Obasanjo pointed out that Nigerians abroad often display an impressive level of unity, collaborating and supporting one another to succeed in their endeavors. However, he raised a concern about a noticeable shift in behavior when Nigerians return to their home country. It is here that he called upon his fellow compatriots to extend their sense of unity and togetherness to their homeland, thus contributing to the betterment of Nigeria as a whole.
The former President’s message carries significant weight, as it touches upon the notion of collective responsibility and national pride. Unity is a vital ingredient for progress, development, and a thriving society. When Nigerians abroad display unity by supporting and uplifting one another, they create a strong community that transcends geographical boundaries. This sense of unity becomes a beacon of hope, inspiring others and showcasing the immense potential that lies within the Nigerian people.
To be a good citizen is not limited to adhering to the laws and regulations of one’s host country. It extends beyond borders and encompasses a broader perspective of being a responsible member of society. Obasanjo urged Nigerians abroad to bring back the same level of unity, passion, and dedication they exhibit in their adopted countries and apply it to the betterment of Nigeria upon their return.
By fostering a sense of unity, Nigerians can collectively address the challenges their nation faces. This unity empowers individuals to engage in constructive dialogue, work together toward common goals, and overcome societal divisions. The power of unity becomes evident when people unite across various sectors, such as education, business, healthcare, and governance, to drive positive change and development.
In conclusion, the words of former President Olusegun Obasanjo serve as a powerful reminder for Nigerians abroad to be catalysts for unity, both within their adopted countries and upon returning home. The unity exhibited by Nigerians abroad should not be limited to foreign shores but should permeate every aspect of their lives, including their engagement in Nigerian society. Embracing unity and togetherness can pave the way for a brighter future, enabling Nigerians to collectively address challenges and realize their nation’s full potential. Let us heed Obasanjo’s call and strive for unity, wherever we may be.