Nigerians in U.S. engage State Department on security challenges, others

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ABUJA – The Nigerian-American Diaspora Community has held a discussion with the .S. Department of ways to address Nigeria’s security and economic challenges.

The discussion, which was coordinated by officials of the Nigerian-American Public Affairs Committee (NAPAC), said the administration was interested ensuring a stable Nigeria.

President of NAPAC, Dr Nelson Aluya, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), New York, that the department was interested concerns expressed by Nigerians about creating a stable country back home.

“They (.S. officials) recognised that there are multiple problems Nigeria and they recognised the potential of the Nigerian-American Diaspora Community the .S. solving those issues.

“They are ready to work with those key issues; we are concerned and frustrated with ineptitude and lack of in security because of the way are dying.

“They did tell that they are working with the Nigerian and they are in direct contact to help out in the context of national integrity and autonomy,’’ he said.

Aluya explained that NAPAC was working with other stakeholders to build a strong, united, indissoluble and indivisible Nigerian community in the U.S.

“Our goal is to pull Nigerians in the U.S. and across the globe together, into a strong and formidable force, so that together, we can collaborate with other Nigerian associations.

“We need to work together and do greater things in Nigeria so that we can elevate the youth to foster dialogue for peace and negotiation, as well as taking active steps to engage the ,’’ he said.

Aluya said the essence of the interaction was to bring Nigerians in the U.S. together a platform to listen to what the U.S. could offer Nigerian–Americans in quest to provide help and .

In addition, he said, the meeting also provided an avenue to tell the U.S. officials what Nigerians in the U.S. could offer them and the possible avenues for .

“We can collaborate to do the job of diaspora with the help of the listening ear of the Department to directly impact on good in Nigeria,” he added.

Aluya said the group would organise town hall meetings to interact with the U.S. and Nigerian governments to brainstorm on ensuring a prosperous and peaceful Nigeria. (NAN)