Nigerian Diaspora Turns Mandarin Hotel Into Town Hall Debate


Sandra Dafiaghor made sure that Sunday breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental (MAND) hotel in Washington had a feel to it. [eap_ad_1] She led a group of about 30 Nigerians yesterday who commandeered a dining room at the luxury hotel to make sure that President Goodluck Jonathan heard what they had to say about power shortages, worsening security in the country and the kidnapping of schoolgirls in the northeast by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Jonathan, 56, is participating in the three-day U.S.-Africa Summit, an initiative of President Barack Obama that aims to bring about 40 African heads of state together with American investors to spur investment and trade.

“We’re working on being recognized,” Dafiaghor, the 47-year-old acting chairwoman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization, said in an interview. “We want to be part of the agenda. It would be better served if we were at the table between Obama and Jonathan.”


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