Spokesman of the Third Force and Chairman National Conscience Party, NCP, Dr Yunusa Tanko has said the essence of Labour Party ‘s Presidential candidate going abroad is to galvanise diasporans into believing that in the near distant future a country known as Nigeria still exists.
TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) reports Dr Tanko made this disclosure in an interview with a national television at the weekend.
Tanko while reacting to a question on diaspora funds as alleged by APC, he explained that “what our candidate had done was to tell them that in no distant time they should come back to Nigeria and help rebuild the nation; these are people who have been contributing to the development of the country even when they are outside the country, they send billions of naira back home to their families to take care of them and so therefore such a constituency cannot be ignored.
“What they simply did was, he went there, meet with them, have a consultation with them and tell them that look yes I know we have had series of bad leadership in the past but here we can have hope because I have this capacity to turn around the fortune so that you will not only be sending money home you will be able to use your money for the betterment of your people back at home and that is exactly what he is going outside the country to do.
He further explained that there was no time party members or one of the leading personalities said they were going to challenge the issue of getting funds from abroad: ” No not at all, as our name implies he said obedient simply means that we are obedient to the laws of the land and everything we do is going to be within the ambience of the provisions of the law, as Nigerians also we have the power or at least we have the right to challenge the laws if they are not suitable to us but that is not the issue at the moment.
“Every Nigerian has his right to do what is within the ambience of the law and we will respect that accordingly we will not go against the provisions of the laws of Nigerian nation that is the reason why we want to empower it and make sure that it works for the Nigerian people.
“Exactly Peter Obi did not go outside this country to solicit for funds that is affirmative, what he did was simply to visit our brothers and sisters who are in the Diaspora, who have been pushed out of this country due to bad leadership.
” Many of them left this country not because they are willing, they want to go but they felt that the country was not working and I think credit should be given to Peter Obi for the ability to galvanize the Nigerian people in the Diaspora giving them hope that yes Nigeria can work and work under his leadership.
“Now let’s look at it, these are people in millions who have left the shore of this country; doctors, teachers, technocrats, businessmen, persons with disabilities, all of them have left this country not because they want to leave but because they felt that the country is not working and so therefore he traveled to tell the Nigerian people outside the country that there is capacity in him and that he can move Nigeria from a docile country to a workable country.
“He also told them that yes whatever it is that they are trading outside can be done in Nigeria.
On Prof Utomi’s comments, he said “Let’s be clear I listened to Prof. Pat Utomi’s position which is very very clear there’s no ambiguity in what he’s saying and what I am saying. What we are saying is simple these are Nigerians living outside the country and they have a right to, they have been giving money to their own brothers and sisters at home, do you call that money laundering?
“They give their people who are in total abject poverty which has been the position in which the government have put them into or leadership of the past have put them into and so they’ve been helping their people, would I call that money laundering?
“They’ve been helping, they’ve been even building businesses at home some of the businesses that they built at home are so large and economically endowed, would they call that money laundering?
“They are helping their people, are we now saying that we are exorcising, Nigerians who are living outside the country in order to help the country, no,
I think we should give kudos to the ability of Peter Obi for him to have gone outside the country to mobilize Nigerians and giving them hope rather than castigating him.