Friday, 7 September 2018

Please Return Home, Things are Changing in Nigeria Now - FG begs Nigerians in Abroad





The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians in the Diaspora to return home and help build the Nigeria of everybody’s dream, assuring them that things are changing in the country.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, made the appeal at a series of town hall meetings with Nigerians in the US, assuring that old ways are now giving way to new ways of doing business.

The minister was in the US to sensitise Nigerians abroad on the Presidential Executive Order V signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in February, to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving Nigeria’s development goals across all sectors of her economy.

The president, in line with his constitutional powers, ordered that all “procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007”.

Onu thanked the diasporas for their remittances to Nigeria estimated at 22 billion dollars yearly, saying it is a major contribution for our nation “but we want you to return home”.

The minister said: “Please we want you to return home, it is important. Not everybody will return but some can start coming home, and that’s the essence.

“We are telling you that things are changing in Nigeria, this is the message, that’s why I’m here.

“I heard all the complaints, people will do this and nobody responds; yes, these are things that happened in the past and we can’t correct these things overnight.

“This is the truth, there is no way you can make these changes overnight. But the important thing is that there is a change”.

Onu appealed that the Nigerians should make patriotic decisions about their country, saying “we can’t all be waiting until everything is okay in Nigeria before we can return home”

According to him, there are many Bill Gates in Nigeria, adding, we need to give you the opportunities and we are giving these opportunities.

“If there were pioneers that built America, there must be pioneers to build Nigeria. Please, I beg you, let us not wait until everything is ready. Somebody has to get it ready.

“If we keep waiting until everything is ready, it may never be. We must decide that we have to look at the future of our children and grandchildren.

“Let’s not look out for ourselves. We have to think of the future, we have to think of the greatness of our nation.

(NAN)

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  1. •Leah (left) and mother
    Friday Olokor , Jos
    Over seven months after the abduction of her daughter, Leah, by the Boko Haram sect , Mrs Rebecca Sharibu on Friday in Jos continued to share her agony with a plea to President Muhammadu Buhari to take action and rescue her daughter.
    Her saddest moment, she said, was when after expressing joy and happiness that her daughter had been freed , she woke up to know that she was only dreaming.
    She added that the family had not remained the same since the unfortunate incident.
    Leah Sharibu was one of the 110 female students of the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College , Dapchi, Yobe State, who were abducted on February 19 , 2018 , by Boko Haram terrorists . While others were released by the terrorists following negotiations , Leah is still being held captive because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
    Rebecca Sharibu spoke in an interview with THE PUNCH at the headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nations in Jos during the second anniversary of the Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association .
    At the ceremony, notable personalities and institutions including PUNCH Newspapers and the family of Leah Sharibu were given awards.
    PUNCH was given the merit award of excellence by ACIPA “ for promoting unity as a Media House. ”
    In an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of the event , Mrs Sharibu said, “I am Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah Sharibu. I have only two children, Leah Sharibu and Donald Sharibu who is in SS 1 . My husband works in Yola as a civil servant but I am a primary schoolteacher in Dapchi . The absence of Leah has affected my life because we have always been feeling very bad.
    “We have been feeling very bad and our lives have not been the same because of the absence of my daughter. My plea to President Muhammadu Buhari is that he should take action to bring back my daughter, Leah .
    “My daughter has been taken and held captive since February 19 , 2018 . I have faced trauma since. But I had a dream last month (August ) that my daughter was freed and she returned home. I was very happy and overjoyed that Leah came back , but only to wake up and realised that it was all a dream .
    “That was my worst and saddest moment; I felt very bad and started crying again because it was a dream and not reality. I believe that one day and by God’ s grace , Leah will be back . ”
    The woman also confirmed that the voice of the girl in the audiotape released recently by the Boko Haram sect was her daughter’s .
    She said, “Yes , I can confirm that the audio voice that was released last time was the voice of my daughter, Leah Sharibu. We were at home and she was in school with her colleagues . We did not know what happened but only heard that Boko Haram members arrived at our place and abducted them.
    “We went to the school the next day and saw nobody . The report we got was that their captors took away 110 students, including my daughter, Leah Sharibu. ”
    The National President of ACIPA, Luke Shehu , said while former President Goodluck Jonathan was complacent in stopping the insurgency , there was a proliferation of light and small arms, the emergence of Fulani militia , impunity and genocide under Buhari .
    Shehu said, “The constant weekly , if not daily killings by Boko Haram or Fulani herdsmen can no longer be tolerated . With a nostalgic sad memory , we will recall the September 2 , 2018 killing of 14 innocent people again in Barkin -Ladi. We are aware of their grand plan of subtle and ferocious plan to take over indigenous lands .
    “The Fulani militia attack at will and random, we are aware of the flagrant provocating and inciting words of Fulani leaders without

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