Houston, TX: The Nigerian Union Diaspora (NUD), the umbrella organization for the social, political, and economic empowerment of Nigerians in the Diaspora, hereby urges Nigerian-Americans to vote en masse in the US general elections on November 8, 2016.
It is not a new story that people of Nigerian descent in America are in millions. More significantly, the Nigerian-Americans are the most credentialed ethnic group and have remained in the upper half in house-hold-income in the United States. Regrettably, however, this excellence in achievement has not translated to a greater advantage or sustained influence. The reason is not far fetched: our low voting pattern does not reflect our enviable status in the American society. To put it another way, despite our high level of education, we have continued to view politics in a pejorative sense and thus do not always take voting serious.
But the character of the 2016 US general election offers the opportunity for a change for the better. This election features two main presidential candidates who present a stark choice for the future of Nigerians in America.
On the one hand is Donald J. Trump whose idea of “Make America Great Again” is premised on racism, protectionism, xenophobia, bigotry, and hegemony. With Trump, more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, including many Nigerians, will be deported back to their home countries.
On the other hand is Hillary R. Clinton whose campaign theme of “Stronger Together” features a manifesto for fairer policies on race relations, immigration, foreign trade, and education. Very strikingly, once elected, Clinton will provide free university education for families on annual income of $125,000 or less—a demography that includes most Nigerians in the United States.
These positions informed the decision of Nigerian Union Diaspora to endorse Hillary Clinton for president a fortnight ago. Please share this message and VOTE en masse!
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Dr. SKC Ogbonnia
Nigerian Union Diaspora
700 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002