Some Nigerians living In the diaspora have called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria to help them in securing their Nigerian passport.
The Nigerians, under the aegis of the Nigerians in Diaspora Network (NDN), Germany chapter, made the appeal on Friday, November 12, at a rally in Oberhausen, Germany.
The Chairman of NDN, Victor Ojeabulu warned that if things didn’t change it would be a problem for them and might lead to their deportation from Germany.
He disclosed that obtaining a Nigerian passport had become quite difficult because when they get to the embassies they would be informed that booklets for passports were not available.
Ojeabulu urged President Buhari to look into their situation and help them with the provision of Nigerian passports.
The NDN Chairman said: “We are here today to make a special appeal to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, especially the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We want to let him know the predicament in which our people are going through here in Germany.
“For some months, our people have not been able to obtain their Nigerian passport and a lot are going through hell; those working need to renew their passport for them to continue work.
“It is very sad and as a mouthpiece of the people, the Nigerians in Diaspora Network, we felt we have to make an appeal to the Federal Government.
“I do not see any reason why our people should be going through all that, it is not responsible for our people to go through all these.
“Today we are on a distress call on the Nigerian government to urgently address international passport dilemma in Diaspora.
“The sad story is that we book appointments for Nigerian international passport with Nigeria embassies; we travel unimaginable distance sometimes across international borders to pay and be captured for the passport.
“Thereafter, we are made to wait indefinitely on the grounds that booklets are not available.
“Most times this happens when Nigerians need this international passport urgently to renew their residency or embark on crucial documentation procedures in their respective countries.
“You can imagine how it sounds to return to your host government authority with frivolous excuse why we cannot present our international passport on demand.
“It has been conservatively estimated that over 10 million Nigerians are in Diaspora.
“If 50 per cent of five million are documented, they will request for passport renewal every five years at an average cost of 100 dollars.
“This will amount to foreign exchange earnings of Five hundred million dollars in five years cycle.
“The revenue accruing from international passport services in Nigeria is also staggering.”
Fulani Herdsmen Give Federal Government Condition Before They Can End Open Grazing
Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore have given conditions to be met in order to end open grazing in the country.
The herders stated that they are ready and willing to quit open grazing if the government of Nigeria would make finance and logistics available for them to create alternatives.
Brand Ambassador of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Temitope Ajayi, explained this alongside officials of the association while on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The herders pointed out that they can’t suddenly quit the age-long practice because there is no alternative way available to them yet to feed their cattle.
Ajayi further said that there was a need to re-orientate and change the mindset and perceptions of the Fulani herders, farmers and other entities so as to end outdated practices of open grazing.
“There is a need to re-orientate and change the mindset and perceptions of the Fulani herders, farmers and other entities in Nigeria, modernise cattle breeding and end outdated practices of open grazing and other nomadic activities, and bring them up to international best practice,” she said.
WE CAN’T LEAVE YORUBALAND
They promised to leave the farmlands as soon as ranches that are being proposed by some government officials, particularly southern state governors, are provided for them.
12.1 Million Nigerians May Go Hungry In December 2021, Here’s Why
A joint report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA), World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children and Education Funds (UNICEF) has revealed that 12.1m Nigerians will go through starvation in December 2021 due to insecurity and Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the report, called Cadre Harmonise, also stated that regions that would most likely be affected will be areas such as Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
The analysis, which was based on research conducted on 154,008,198 people, out of whom 12,135,318 in the participating 20 states plus the FCT complained of insecurity and emergency food crisis.
The report read: “Already, an estimated 228, 707 people in the emergence phase wherein, even with humanitarian aid, at least one out of five households is either facing extreme food deficits, resulting in a very high acute malnutrition or excessive mortality, or an extreme loss of assets relating to livelihoods, causing deficits in food consumption in the short term.
“This number is projected to increase to 3.5 million at the peak of the 2022 lean season between June and August,with the number of people anticipated to be in the Emergency phase doubling to 459,847.
“In addition, 13, 551 people are anticipated to experience catastrophe-like conditions in some of the most inaccessible localities, if access to life-saving and livelihood support interventions are not sufficiently scaled up.”
Representative of UNICEF, Peter Hawkins expressed his deep concern over the malnutrition of women and young children while emphasizing the need to consume a richer diet and also introduce food supplements.
He said: “it costs only 5,000 Naira to prevent a child from becoming malnourished, while it costs 50,000 Naira to treat a malnourished child.