By Hugo Odiogor, Foreign Affairs Editor, with Agency feed

NIGERIANS yesterday hailed the victory of five Nigerians in the Biritsh general election, as Prime Minister David Cameron faces the challenge of uniting his country. A Senior research Fellow at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs Dr. Fred Aja Agwu said this is a big lesson for Nigeria where some of its citizens are being described as immigrants in their own country.

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Dr. Agwu said Nigerians in UK have been accepted and accommodated in the UK to the extent that they could stand for elections on the platform of the two leading parties and won re-elections or win for the first time. He said this is an indictment on the Monarch and the socio cultural groups that were threatening the Igbos during the recent elections in Nigeria.

Dr. Lawrence Fejoku said this is a great lesson for emerging democracies as Nigerians who have been accepted, assimilated, empowered have been give the right and platform to express themselves in the British society. He said Nigerian Women should imbibe the culture and value of public service. Dr. Fejoku said politics is not showmanship and Nigerian women should stop lining up behind men to hand over power to them.

British Prime Mister David Cameron is adjusting to a new political landscape arising from the shock election victory for a second term which bolstered secessionists in Scotland and decapitated the opposition parties. This came against the report that a fifth Nigerian Mazi Victor Eni who hailed from Aro in Abia State won the Borough Council seat in last general election.

He won under the conservative party The other Nigerians who won are Mr. Chuka Umunna, Kate Osamor, Chi Onuorah and Helen Grant in the victory train.

Chief Ken Iwelunor, the Alibor of Onicha Ugbo said it is “fantastic to have Nigerian got elected into the British Parliament but we must recognise that these are British citizens with Nigerian blood, but their affinity with Nigeria is limited”. He said Nigeria should feel proud of their feat but in reality they cannot influence any thing for Nigerian until they rise in the hierarchy of their parties and occupy positions of influence.

According to the investment Banker, it will take some of them three to four re-elections before they could rise in their party positions. Nigerians have been up beat in their appraisal of the British election where some of its nationals performed well. Cameron spent the weekend drawing up his new team of ministers, the Scottish National Party (SNP) was celebrating its bold gains, insisting it would not be sidelined in the new parliament.

Despite pollsters predicting that Cameron’s Conservatives would lose ground in Thursday’s vote, they won 331 of the 650 seats in parliament, giving the prime minister a second term in office — this time with a majority for his centre-right party. While there were dramatic gains for the Conservatives and the Scottish National Party (SNP), the opposition was left in disarray after the Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders quit over their parties’ drubbings.

The victory gives the Conservatives a free hand than in Cameron’s previous government — a coalition with the Liberal Democrats — but the slender majority leaves them prey to rebellion from within their own ranks. Cameron had already agreed to hold an in-out referendum on Britain’s European Union membership by 2017 due to pressure from the Conservative right wing and a rising UKIP, and he was quick to confirm his pledge on Friday.

The SNP’s dynamic leader, Nicola Sturgeon, was the unexpected star of the U.K. election campaign, arguing that the party would work with Labour in Parliament to deliver progressive policies distinct from Cameron’s budget-cutting Conservatives.

Both the SNP and the Conservatives used nationalist arguments to winning effect in the election. Sturgeon gained more than half of Scottish votes for her party by saying the SNP would make Scotland’s voice heard in London. The four regions of the U.K. — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — have always had distinct identities, but for a long time most citizens also considered themselves British. In recent years, though, rising regional identity has undermined the “united” in United Kingdom.

 

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