INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega
President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday hinted that Nigerians in the Diaspora may participate in the 2015 general election.
Jonathan, who spoke in Niamey, capital city of the Republic of Niger during a meeting with Nigerians residing in that country, said the final decision would be made public next year.
He also said he foresees a situation whereby Nigerians in the Diaspora will able to vote in the presidential and gubernatorial elections as a starting point, noting that he has requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to look at the possibilities.
The President who was on a working visit to Niamey where he joined President Issoufou Mohammadou in presiding over a scheduled meeting of the High Authority of the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation left for Mali at the close of the Niamey parley.
He said though he was not going to give a 100 per cent response on the Diaspora voting now as efforts are on to towards realising it, he stated that: “I have asked INEC to work towards it by 2015.
“Diaspora voting is realistic even of it will not be possible in all elections at least we will work towards the presidential and governorship elections.
“But for the parliamentary, because of the complications involved, it may be difficult.”
He assured Nigerians in Niger that he will address other concerns raised by Nigerians in Niamey which cuts across security challenges, education, roads and power saying his successor would not be asked questions bordering on infrastructure.
The president also assured that before December, most of the major roads in the country will be made motorable so as to allow Nigerians travel with relative ease.
To this end, the president said he has given a marching order to the Minister of Works, Mike Onalememe and the Minister of State for Works,
Bashir Yuguda, to improve the condition of the major roads in the country. He further assured of massive intervention on all federal roads across the country.
On power, the president said though power supply has improved drastically, he however promised that before the end of 2013, the country will begin to experience relative stable power supply.
On security, he assured the people that government will soon bring to an end the activities of Boko Haram which has hampered development.
He noted that because of the efforts of the government, activities of the group has been reduced drastically.
On education he said government is doing everything to end the wrath in that sector.
He also assured them that his administration will do everything possible to complete the ongoing international school project in Niamey.