BY THEODORE OPARA
NIGERIAN ambassadors in Europe have lauded Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in Europe, NIDOE, on the peaceful conduct of its recent election in Paris which resulted in the emergence of Dr. George Manuwuike as chairman.
Nigerian ambassador to France, Hakeem Suleiman, who participated as as an observer in the election, congratulated NIDOE for a free, fair and credible election.
He commended the deep sense of maturity, discipline and patriotism among the members and contestants.
The ambassador, who urged the new officers to remain magnanimous as a sign of nobility, charged them to remain focussed on the development of Nigeria.
Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida, who addressed the gathering, called for unity and reconciliation within the organisation.
He also called for an all-inclusive reform that would encompass the complete review of the organisation to reposition it as a true catalyst for national development as envisaged by its founding fathers.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected chairman, Dr. George Manuwuike, pledged to use his new office to ensure the success of the organisation.
“The victory in today’s election is victory for all the members of the organisation,” he said, adding that his election manifesto was not just designed for victory but a commitment to deliver.
He invited all stakeholders to embrace peace, dialogue and unity in order to contribute meaningfully to our national development.
The chairman stressed that NIDOE will operate as a corporate entity with short, medium and long term goals, and promised that NIDOE will help the less privileged in Nigerian rural communities.
The event also attracted high profile attendance from Ambassador M.Y. Katagun, Nigerian Ambassador and permanent Delegate to UNESCO-Paris -France, who was represented by Ambassador Adewale Kehinde; Ambassador Felix Awanbor, Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and to the European Union, represented by Ambassador Ibrahim Rabor, and the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, who also sent a ministerial representative to the event.
Also in attendance were more than 100 delegates from 10 NIDOE chapters from different parts of Europe.