Congratulations Nigeria. We voted, and our votes counted. The election of the President Elect, Muhammadu Buhari, reflects the wishes of the Nigerian people. Nigerians voted for change, and for the first time in our history, an opposition party is taking over from the ruling party. The expectations are high and the Buhari Government must hit the road running.
In this edition, you will meet amazingly brilliant Nigerian kids, excelling academically all over the world. This, and many more success stories of Nigerians all over keeps reiterating our belief that Nigeria is blessed with enormous talents which must be tapped into.
Do you also know that the first African to be on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration board is a Nigerian? In this edition Read Prof. Emeritus Eseogbue’s exclusive interview with Diaspora Quarterly. It’s a must read.
What can we say about our cover girl, Tolu Oniru, popularly known as “Toolz”? Despite a good life and a good job in the UK, she took a hard decision to just come back home. Yes, there were challenges, but she just did it. And today she is so glad she did, as she reigns as one of Nigeria’s most outstanding and most attractive On Air Personalities. We take you into the world of “Toolz.”
It is a shame that 21 Nigerians have been sentenced to death in Indonesia, 6 have so far been executed. Indonesia has insisted that they have to follow the laws of their land. We appeal to our Nigerian youths to avoid such dangerous escapades while we continue to appeal to the Indonesian Government. I was part of a delegation led by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ojo Madueke to Indonesia pleading for clemency for 21 Nigerians on death row. That was in 2008. We met the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Deputy President and other relevant officials. The Indonesian government made it clear that the penalty for drug smuggling is death. Period. Conversing with those young Nigerians on death row when we visited them in prison was, for all of us on the delegation, very surreal. It was pathetic seeing how their lives may eventually be wasted. We counseled them, prayed that they will be pardoned. And as we left that room in prison, we were virtually in tears.
The news of the execution of 4 of them on April 28 was incredibly emotional and shocking. Nigeria must continue to appeal for clemency to prevent execution of others on death row. At the same time, we appeal to our citizens to desist from crime and abide to the laws of their host countries, which remains sacrosanct.