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Preperationss to NIDO RUSSIA DAY CONFERENCE ARE ON-GOING, We invite individuals, enterpreneures and companies to register papers and presentations before 20th of September, 2015. Please contact any of the offices on our contact page before the date line.












We congratulate the former chairman of NIDO Russia, former member of the Board of Trustees, NIDO Europe,

our eminent elder and statesman, Hon. Dr. Ayo Ojajune on his 70th birthday Anniversary. 

Best wishes and many more years to come.



Buhari is not alone, Join or resign now!


As we celebrate our 55th Independence Day Anniversary of our dear country, Nigeria, on this day, the 1st of October 2015, I congratulate you all fellow Nigerians, brothers, sisters and friends of our dear country!!!

Let me use this opportunity to join my voice to the call made by President Buhari to world leaders at the 70th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly, for the leaders to help return Nigeria’s stolen treasures hidden in their territories. 

We must intensify our commitments to this task on daily bases, in every meeting, every visit, every occasion for the next four years, or eight years and there after, both in and outside Nigeria. All independent mind must unite to this resolution to forge out the way to true freedom and justice.

We Nigerians in particular and Africans in general can no longer afford wasting our precious time and resources with thieves and dishonest individuals who continue to abuse public trust. We employ public officers, and pay them heavily for them to build up our economies and secure our commonwealth.

I will advise that all Nigerian public officers, already appointed by President Buhari, or elected to this present administration, who is not ready to pursue the setup goals as demanded by the President and the Nigerian people must resign now before it is too late. The same goes to future Ministers to be appointed. 

They must not accept their cabinet portfolios if they are not ready to join this fight and pronounce it publicly throughout their tenure in offices. .There will be no time limit because majority of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora are behind the President and we want our treasures back. We are not just watching but we shall intensify the fight from now on with all 
possible means.

We have gone a long way as an Independent nation together but much is still left to be desired, so can no longer afford to be at the losing end with devastated states of infrastructure, poverty, worsening healthcare system and rising unemployment in the country.

We need good roads, railways, aviation, industries, adequate food production, uninterrupted power supply and many other things to develop our country to this 21st century level and keep our people out of poverty. That is our immediate task to achieve, so as to achieve our Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

I call on all well meaning Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to rise up and join this fight, because this is the time to bring back our looted treasures, bring back decency in government and return human dignity to our people. We must utilize this rare opportunity which we may no longer have, so as to put things in order and clarify ourselves before generations to come. 

We, the Nigerian people did not hire anyone to loot our treasure, so any public officer who did that abused his office by violated the terms of the contract.

 We join our voices to call on all nations, great and small, from East to West, Middle East and Asia, from America to Europe, South America to Australia, From Atlantic to Pacific Coasts, Islands, organizations an companies, to help the Nigerian people discover the loots in their territories, help sanitize our world, discourage corruption and expose all individuals, who by their actions subjected the African people to abject poverty, hunger and long suffering.
With your support, the Nigerian and African people will ever remain grateful and history will never forget your kind gesture.

Happy Independence Day once again to everyone, 
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!! 
And God bless you all!!!


29th May-2015

NIDO Russia sends letter to congratulates President M. Buhari on inauguration

A letter of congratulations was sent to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on his inauguration to the highest office, following his success in the Presidential race of March 28th 2015.

For full details of the letter, click here... 




2014 году, Нигерия вышла на 1-ое место, как крупнейшая африканская экономика с объёмом ВВП - $510 млрд США.
С численностью 180 миллионов человек, Нигерия нуждается в развитии  отраслей строительства, энергетики, здравоохранения, общественного питания, сферы обслуживания, туризма, авиа и судостроения, агро-промышленности, Информационных Технологий, и.т.д.
Это огромный потенциал для развития Российско-Нигерийских торгово-экономических отношений. К сожалению большинство граждан обеих стран ничего не знают друг о друге, а инвесторы, которые постоянно находятся в поисках выгодного вложения, даже не догадываются об этих возможностях.
Что мешает развитию деловых отношения между Россией и Нигерией,, как их решать и какие возможности есть, инвестируя в Нигерии, какие налоговые исключения и специальные условия для иностранных инвесторов?
Ответы вы услышите на деловом форуме (NIDO-Russia Круглый Стол 2015)

Круглый Стол:

"Росийсская Инвестиция в Нигерий и Перспективы развития "

29 апреля 2015 года в 12.00 в конференц-зале Института Африки РАН (по адресу ул. Спиридоновка, 30/1) состоится круглый стол "Перспективы российско-нигерийских отношений в свете результатов президентских выборов в Нигерии". Центральное место среди тем для обсуждения займут вопросы российско-нигерийского экономического сотрудничества.

Мероприятие организовано совместно Институтом Африки РАН и Российской организацией нигерийской диаспоры в Европе.

Приглашаем Российких предпринимателей и инвесторов принять участие в работе круглого стола.

В конференции участвуют временный посол Нигерии в России, г-н Усман Гафай, Президент Дома Африки, г-н Серж Одунлами, и испольнительный директор Делового Совета "РОССИЯ - НИГЕРИЯ" - В. И. Воздвиженскй и др.

Также мы были бы признательны, если бы Вы сочли возможным проинформировать о предстоящем мероприятии представителей российских деловых кругов, которые могут быть заинтересованы в развитии российско-нигерийских деловых связей.

С уважением,

Рекс Эссеново

Преседатель (NIDO-Russia)




Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in Americas (NIDOA), in Europe (NIDOE), in Asia (NIDOAsia) and in Africa (NIDOAfrica) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-ethnic organisation of Nigerians in Diaspora. By the laws establishing our organisation, it is forbidden that the organisation either tacitly or overtly support any political party or individuals running for elections. NIDO is independent and stands above political sentiments, hence only supports and works with any and democratically elected governments in Nigeria, irrespective of their political colorations.
NIDO wishes to congratulate our compatriots in
Nigeria on the sustenance of democracy and their participation in democratic process of electing of their leaders, the upcoming February General Elections being the fifth in this democratic dispensation. We appeal to the Nigerian electorates to maintain the exercise this hard-earned fundamental right of enfranchisement in a peaceful and orderly manner; after having done a conscientious evaluation of the candidates and their political parties’ manifestoes.
NIDO commends all efforts in
Nigeria geared towards achieving free and fair elections. To this end, we appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a free and fair electoral process, and also to ensure that all registered voters are given their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVS) so as to allow them exercise their electoral rights without any barrier.
NIDO appeals to all stakeholders in the electoral process, most especially the politicians to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections. The unity, survival and prosperity of the country before, during and after the elections is paramount to all Nigerians in and outside the country, therefore we plead for the avoidance of post-election violence.
Finally, we will like to reassure our members and the general public that NIDO will not compromise its non-partisanship; and that the organisation will continue to remain apolitical. We urge the general public and all NIDO members and officers, to disregard any public statements or actions that do not emanate from the Secretariat of the Organisation in the
Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Once again, we wish our compatriots in
Nigeria successful, meaningful and peaceful General Elections. NIDO will continue to monitor, evaluate and seek support for the democratic process going on in Nigeria towards, during and after the February general elections.
    NIDO Africa,    NIDO Americas,    NIDO Asia,       NIDO Europe
      Dr B. Lee,     Chief G. Okoye,   Prof. E. Ejiogu,   Dr G. Manuwuike



24th Oct. 2014 -  NIDO Russia DAY


We thank all the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow, most especially the Charge d'Affairs, His Excellency, Gafai Usman; the President of Africa House, Mr. Serge Odunlam; the Russian People's Friendship University (PFUR), UncleJosh Catering Services and all the participants of the round-table conference of NIDO-Russia day 2014 for overwhelming support and contributions that lead to the success of the event.



2014 Independence Day Broadcast by

His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR

Wednesday 1st October, 2014



          Fellow Nigerians:

1.             Today marks the 54th anniversary of our country’s independence as a sovereign nation.  This is also the tenth month of our journey into a new century, having marked the centenary of our nation in January this year. 

2.             The first one hundred years were marked by triumphs and tribulations, benefits and burdens, opportunities and challenges.  We made some far reaching advances in building a strong, united and prosperous nation.  We also overcame the forces of disunity that culminated in a debilitating civil war.  We have also renewed our faith in one another, and in our country. We have proven that we are truly a resilient nation.

3.             In my address to the nation last year, I did emphasize that we were in a sober moment in our country. We are still in that mood in spite of the many accomplishments of our administration. Our sombreness has to do with the crises of nationhood occasioned by the activities of terrorist elements who have done the unimaginable to challenge our unity as a people. 

4.             On an occasion like this, it is important that we remember all the precious souls that have been lost in the unprecedented war of terror unleashed on some parts of our country by these individuals who want to compel us to live our lives their way. They will not succeed!


5.             In their mission, they have maimed and raped. They have killed men, women and children, rendering many children orphans and several women widows.

6.             They have made violence their ideology and are bent on destroying our country. Dear countrymen and women, we will not allow them. 

7.             Night after night, day after day, our security forces continue to engage the terrorists in battle. My gratitude goes out to our armed forces whose will has been greatly challenged by this insurgency more than any other time, since the civil war.

8.             Yet, they have remained undaunted and unwearied in the face of constant challenge and mortal danger. Driven by patriotic zeal, they are turning the tide by their prowess and determination. As Commander-in-Chief, I will continue to do all it takes to enable them to keep on inflicting devastating blows at the heart of terror. Fellow Nigerians, it is our collective duty as patriots to avail our men and women in uniform of all the support they need to fight and win this war.

9.             This Administration is committed to making Nigeria safe for all Nigerians, irrespective of our places of birth, how we worship God and our political persuasion. To all those waging war against our country, I ask that you lay down your arms and embrace peace.


10.       To those who have genuine grievances, I affirm that Nigeria will listen to you, if you bring your grievances to the table of dialogue. To the good people of Nigeria, let me restate that our task of building a better and greater country must not waver.

11.       While we continue to deploy our resources in the fight against the terrorists, we do recognize the great toll the conflict is taking on our people.

12.       This is why, to assist the afflicted, we have launched the Victims Support Fund, an independent multi-sectoral charity, which will aggressively solicit resources to augment Government’s statutory intervention, in bringing succour to the injured, the displaced and the bereaved. 

13.       In partnership with Nigerian business leaders and international partners, we have also introduced theSafe Schools Initiative which is aimed at promoting safe environments for education nationwide, starting with the North East region. 

14.        The Presidential Initiative for the North East, a comprehensive programme to fast-track the economic restoration of this region, which has been the epicentre of terrorist activity, has been set up. 

15.        Our overall objective is to do all we possibly can, to sustain in the North-East, the momentum of economic advancement, which is on-going in other parts of the country, despite the machinations of the terrorists and their sponsors.

16.       It should now be clear to anyone who was ever in doubt that these terrorists do not mean well for anyone, of whatever religion or dispensation. Their persistent choice of the weakest and most vulnerable in society, for gruesome attack, provides an insight into their abnormal mind-set.

17.        I urge every Nigerian to put aside political, sectional or other parochial considerations, and support whole-heartedly the efforts of the government and the military, in checking this evil. 

18.        We are grateful to the international community, and especially our neighbours who are working closely with us in confronting this challenge, for their increased partnership and solidarity. Our steady progress in weakening the insurgency has certainly justified our cooperation. 

19.       Fellow Nigerians, in my independence anniversary address last year, I informed you that we had taken cognizance of the suggestion over the years by well-meaning Nigerians on the need to focus attention on rebuilding and strengthening the ligaments of our union. It was in that regard that we announced the convening of a National Dialogue on the future of our beloved country.


20.       We have successfully delivered on that promise as we established the 2014 National Conference headed by Justice Legbo Kutigi. After months of deliberations, which did not come without its challenges, the conference concluded its assignment and has handed its Report to me.


21.       I have made a firm commitment that we would act on the recommendations of the conference. This, I have started by setting up the Ministerial Committee headed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to work out the modalities for implementing the Report. Every promise I make, God willing, I will see to its fulfilment. I assure you, we shall implement the report.

22.       One major lesson which the 2014 National Conference has taught us as a country is that, a multi-ethnic country like ours, must learn to embrace painstaking dialogue until consensus is established.


23.       To me, the National Conference is the greatest centenary gift to our country that we must cherish and sustain.

24.       Fellow Nigerians, our 54 year-journey as a nation has not been easy. There have been tough periods, but the Nigerian spirit and the unflagging resilience of our people have seen us through. We will continue to march forward to greater heights. 

25.       We have been able to sustain a big, strong and influential country with a robust economy. We are currently in our sixteenth year of uninterrupted democratic rule, daily improving on the consolidation of our democratic process.


26.       Our Administration has made a commitment to ensure that we build and sustain a democratic infrastructure anchored on free and fair elections. International and local observers have attested to the positive evolution of electoral credibility and we cannot afford to relent.

27.       We will continue to ensure that the will of the electorate prevails so that political leaders would be reminded at all times that there is a day of reckoning when they have to go back to the people at the polls. Election days must not be days of violence and death. We must remain vigilant to ensure that our electoral process is characterised by peace, security and transparency.

28.       I enjoin the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), all security agencies, politicians and the electorate to work conscientiously and peacefully, together, to consolidate on the gains of the recent elections. Free and fair elections have come to stay; nothing else will be acceptable to our people.


29.       My dear countrymen and women, occasions such as this present an opportunity to thank God for our country and to report to you, on our journey so far.

30.       Our power sector reform is on course with the ultimate objective of generating enough electricity to power our homes, industries and businesses. We are making giant strides in the Agricultural Sector which we are re-positioning to diversify our economy. We will continue to upgrade our infrastructure to make life easier for all and create an enabling environment for enterprise to flourish.


31.       Over the last four years, the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in the Oil and Gas Sector has ensured major increase in the participation of indigenous Oil and Gas companies in the industry. Several critical infrastructure projects have been commissioned and commenced. The level of indigenous asset ownership has greatly increased and utilisation of Nigerian-owned and built assets such as marine vessels and rigs is being progressively enforced.  

32.       There has been maximised local value addition by encouraging the manufacture of equipment components and parts within the country.  There has also been massive growth in indigenous participation in the provision of goods and services to the upstream sector from 10% to 60% within the last four years.

33.       Today, following the rebasing of our economy, every international monitoring and ratings agency now acknowledges Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa, with a Gross Domestic Product of five hundred and ten billion dollars ($510 billion) which also places us as the 26th largest economy in the world. This is progress.


34.       Earlier in the year, we launched the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan(NIRP) and the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) with the stated objective of fast tracking inclusive growth, job creation, enterprise development and industrialisation. 

35.       The success of these policies is already evident in the increased value addition in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.  

36.       In line with our objective of encouraging the production of made-in-Nigeria vehicles and making Nigeria a regional hub for the automobile industry, a number of foreign auto manufacturers have established plants in Nigeria, complementing the laudable efforts of our local vehicle manufacturers who have also demonstrated great innovation and competitiveness.


37.       We have also launched a special support programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with an initial intervention fund of two hundred and twenty billion naira (N220 b).  This is in addition to the Presidential Job Creation Board which I inaugurated recently with the charge to create three million jobs annually.

38.       In demonstration of our Administration’s commitment to addressing Nigeria’s housing deficit, we have commenced the new mortgage re-finance programme with the establishment of the Nigerian Mortgage Re-finance Company. It is expected that, in addition to creating additional housing units across the country, this initiative also represents a huge job creation opportunity. 

39.       We have recorded notable success in the social sector. Nigeria has been globally acknowledged for reducing extreme hunger by more than half, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) formally presenting the country with an award for achieving the Millennium Development Goal on Hunger three years ahead of the 2015 target date set for the Millennium Development Goals.


40.       This progress is as a result of the deliberate policy of government to increase capacity in our agricultural sector of which the first step was to address and eliminate the graft in our fertilizer procurement system and ensure that the product gets directly to the farmer.  We are expanding our irrigation infrastructure to ensure that our farmers have sufficient water supply for dry season farming.


41.       A benefit of these combined actions is that our national food import bill has declined from 1.1 trillion naira (6.9 billion dollars) in 2009 to 684.7 billion naira (4.35 billion dollars) by December 2013, and continues to decline.


42.       Modern hybrid schools are being provided for less privileged children across the country, resulting in significant increase in the national school enrolment figure.


43.       In order to further enhance access to education at the tertiary level, fourteen new Federal Universities have been established; and, to encourage persons of exceptional abilities, our Administration has also introduced a Presidential Scholarship Scheme based strictly on excellence and merit.


44.       On infrastructure, we are building roads, bridges, and new rail lines to make it easier to traverse Nigeria and increase the integration of our people and our ability to do business with each other. In this regard, we have commenced the process of building the Second Niger Bridge. The Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue in Nasarawa and Benue States, will significantly reduce travel time by road between Northern and Southern Nigeria. The on-going dredging of the River Niger up to Baro in Niger State is opening up large parts of the Nigerian hinterland to maritime activity.


45.       The Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro-electric power projects are on course, and the Kashimbilla dam which we started a few years ago, is nearing completion. The successful privatisation of our power sector will in the long run enhance industrial growth. Policies such as this and others have raised Nigeria to the enviable status of being the number one recipient of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa in the past year. 

46.       The result of this infrastructure drive is that two and a half million jobs have been created over the past two years. This is a record, which we are committed to improve upon to continue to provide jobs for our youth. 

47.       An unprecedented number of Airports across the country, are not only being reconstructed at the same time, but being re-equipped and reassessed with emphasis on maintaining global standards.


48.       Fellow Nigerians, the goals we set to achieve for our country involve expanding the frontiers of economic freedom. Let us therefore unite with one heart and one mind. All our people must have access to the good things of life. All our people must be empowered to pursue the gift of life with happiness. This is our country;we must build it for our common posterity.

49.       As we move into an election year, desperate moves to overheat the polity are becoming a regular occurrence.  Our political leaders in particular must know that the contest for power should not translate to the destruction of the polity.

50.       The contest for the leadership of our country must yield good governance, and not ungovernable spaces. The love of country should rank higher than our individual ambitions.

51.       We must remain committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria within democratic parameters. The protection of individual rights, liberty, equality before the law, freedom of thought, and a progressive pursuit of a sound economy must be our goal.

52.       I cannot end this address without commenting on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which was sadly brought into our country recently. My directives to the Federal Ministry of Health saw the ministry leading the charge in curtailing the spread of this deadly scourge and managing its impact. This is how it should be:swift, effective and comprehensive action in defence of citizens. 

53.       It must be pointed out that the Ebola battle is still raging elsewhere in our sub-region. I therefore enjoin all our citizens to continue to adhere strictly to all the guidelines that have been given by our health officials to keep Ebola out of our country.

54.       I appreciate and welcome the spirit of collaboration, unity and partnership with which we confronted the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease.  I thank all Nigerians for working together to prevent what could have become a major epidemic.  I particularly thank the medical personnel, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.    

55.       This is the spirit which we must demonstrate at all times as we face up to our challenges as a nation: one people, united by a common resolve, in the pursuit of one common national interest.


56.       As we look forward to another year in our national life, I am more than confident that our tomorrow will be better than our yesterday and today. Nigeria has got the human and material resources to excel and we shall lead the way in that journey to our manifest destiny. 

57.       Fellow countrymen, brothers and sisters, in all our plans, and in all our words and our actions, we must stand together in love and unity, as one people under God.

58.       We are one people from the womb of one Nigeria. We are brothers and sisters. We are one family. We are Nigerians.

59.       God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.





Happy 54th Independence Day Celebration:

This Country shall be Great Again

Happy Independence Day to Members, the Government and People of Nigeria

The Board of Trustees of NIDOE wishes all her members scattered all over Europe, the Government and people of Nigeria happy 54th Independence Day of our great country Nigeria. On 1st of October, 1960 through the dogged efforts of our renowned nationalists, history was made as Nigeria took its place among the league of independent nations.

Today we honour in a special way all the nationalists who made sacrifices of limb and life to ensure our independence. We salute all who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. It is the fruits of the labour of our heroes past that have kept us one united and potentially prosperous country. As we celebrate the 54th birthday of this historical achievement, our prayer is that their sacrifices shall never be in vain.

We also salute all diaspora Nigerians who are committed to the course of nation building, those among us who have made Nigeria and Nigerians proud at the international arena through dedication and excellence to your different professional callings. Your remittances to the economy of Nigeria alone has been globally acknowledged as a major source of capital flow into the country. Your contributions in terms of knowledge and technological transfer is equally significant. We invite all and sundry not to lose hope in the Nigerian project. In spite of our chequered history, this country, this land, this incredibly endowed nation will rise to new heights, this country shall conquer the world, this country will stand up to be counted in the committee of advanced nations. This country still has hope and the hope lies in all of us. On this Independence Day, we invite you to renew your commitment to our country Nigeria, to increase the stride and give birth to a new nation where our children and generations unborn shall be proud to call their home.

We salute the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for their effort in steering the ship of state. In a special way, we commend the government and the armed forces for their intensified effort to confront the security challenges we face today as a nation. Your recent success in Borno state and other parts of North East of Nigeria is reassuring to the population that there will be an end to this senseless carnage that has visited our land. We cease this opportunity to call on the government to intensify effort to ensure the immediate release of over 200 innocent school girls abducted from Chibok more than six months ago.

We honour the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters, led by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for the passage of the Bill for the establishment of a Diaspora Commission and the delegates to the just concluded National Conference for adopting proposals to enable diaspora Nigerians take part in the democratic process of our country.

We salute all the Nigerian envoys in different European countries for their dedication to duty and readiness to serve the Nigerian people in Diaspora. As our foreign policy continues to focus on citizen diplomacy, we call on the missions to continue to accord Nigerians resident in their missions the needed support to effectively leverage their exposure in support of national development.

The Nigerians in Diaspora also calls on the Government of the Federation under the leadership of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to put a new energy in the fight against corruption. Corruption is a major reason why many Nigerians have left the shore to look for a greener pasture, a pasture where merit is rewarded and crimes are justly punished. Our country can be the same.

On this Independence Day celebration, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe remembers all Nigerian citizens who have died trying to cross over to Europe either by sea or land. This monumental tragedy and senseless loss of life is one more testimony of the malaise in our society. May the souls of the departed continue to remind us, especially the government, of the debt we owe to our citizens.

Finally, on this Independence Day, we invite all Nigerians to co-exist in unity, love and solidarity with one another irrespective of tribe, tongue or religion. This is the only way we can maximize our potential as a nation. This nation shall be great again and once again, we wish all of you a Happy 54th Independence Day.

Dr. George Manuwuike                            Mr. Ikenna Ugwu
Chairman                                        General Secretary



Dear colleagues,

Sequel to the meeting of NIDOE-Russia yesterday April 13th 2014, I am pleased to formally notify you of the following changes in the NIDOE-Russia Chapter Executive: 

1. Mr Rex Essenowo         -    Chairman  ( ; )

2. Mr Shola Aiyetan      -         General Secretary ( )
3. Dr Chris  Ugbalo            -    Director of Public Relations
4. Dr Abayomi Samuel     -     Director of Finance
5. Mr Joshua Olasehinde     - Director of Events and Social

The new Chairman of NIDOE-Russia, Mr Rex Essenowo is not a new person in NIDO family, he was the Director of operations and later General Secretary of the organisation for several years. He had served also the Nigerian Community Russia as the General Secretary and later as the Vice-President, so his wealth of experience, passion and commitment will be handy for continuity in NIDOE-Russia and in the development of NIDO Europe in general.  
Kindly join me in congratulating the new officers and to wish them a successful tenure.
Thank you,
Dr Bashir Obasekola



Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) Gets New Leadership

 It was a new dawn as Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) elected a new leadership in an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Paris on 8 February, 2014. The Election EGM had in attendance more than one hundred delegates from 10 Chapters across different parts of Europe, with an independent delegate from one more NIDO chapter.

Those elected into the 11 member NIDOE Board of Trustees (BOT) are: Dr. George Manuwuike (Ukraine)-Chairman, Dr. Bashir Obasekola (Russia)-Vice- Chairman, Mr. Ikenna Ugwu (Italy)-General Secretary, Mr. Abiodun Ogunsakin (UK North)-Assistant General Secretary, Sir Chibuzo Ubochi (UK South)-Legal Adviser, Mr. Yilsen Dazar (UK North)-Finance Director, Mr. Kalu Okoroafor (France)-Treasurer, Dr. Camillus Konkwo (Austria)-Social Welfare and Event Officer, Mr. Anthony Ogochukwu (Ireland)-IT Director, Mr. Adeleke Ogunkoya (Netherlands)-P.R.O and Mr. Wilson Obomanu (Netherlands)-European Union & Related Organizations Relation Officer.

The Nigerian High Commissioner to the Court of St. James, United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida, OFR, CFR, who was present at the occasion, had earlier in his Keynote address, called for unity and reconciliation within the Organisation, as well as the need for an all-inclusive reform that will encompass the complete review of the Organisation’s MEMART, so as to reposition NIDOE as a true catalyst for the Nigerian national development as envisaged by its founding fathers. The High Commissioner’s address was greeted with laud applause by the General Assembly, and it was decided after careful deliberations and debates, to elect a new Board, while continuing with the on-going reform process to make the Organisation fit-forpurpose.

Ambassador Hakeem Suleiman, the Nigerian Ambassador to France, who participated as an observer during the entire period of the election and monitored the counting of votes, congratulated the Organisation especially the Electoral Committee, for conducting such a free, fair and credible election. He further applauded what he described as a deep sense of maturity, discipline and patriotism among the members and all the contestants, stressing further in his words, ‘I didn’t see rancor and bad blood’. He appealed to the victors to remain magnanimous as it is a sign of nobility, and to remain focused on the development of our country Nigeria.

The event also attracted high profile attendance from Ambassador M.Y. Katagun, Nigerian Ambassador and permanent Delegate to UNESCO-Paris -France, who was represented by Ambassador Adewale Kehinde; Ambassador Felix Awanbor, Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and to the European Union, represented by Ambassador Ibrahim Rabor, and the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu also sent a Ministerial representative to the event. There were also representations from various Government agencies and parastatals such as the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the Bank of

Industry and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

Wednesday 12 February 2014


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Dr. George Manuwuike

General Secretary

Mr. Ikenna Ugwu

Legal Adviser

Sir Chibuzo Ubochi

Board of Trustees

Dr. Wilson Obomanu – Netherlands Mr. Adeleke Ogunkoya – Netherlands Mr. Anthony S. Ogochukwu – Ireland Dr. Camillus Konkwo – Austria Mr. Kalu Okoroafor – France Mr. Yilsen Dasar – UK North Dr. George Manuwuike – Ukraine Mr. Ikenna Ugwu – Italy Dr. Bashir Obasekola – Russia Mr. Abiodun Ogunsakin – UK North Sir Chibuzo Ubochi – UK South

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Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe

“In pursuance of national development”

Wednesday 12 February 2014

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected Chairman of NIDO Europe, Dr. George Manuwuike said, “the victory in today’s election is a victory for all the members of the Organisation”. He reassured that his election manifesto was not just designed for victory but a commitment to deliver. In his own words, “give me three months and if I don’t show some promised results, then you have the power to recall me”. He invited all stakeholders to embrace peace, dialogue and unity in order to contribute meaningfully to national development. Dr. Manuwuike said that NIDOE will operate as a corporate entity with short, medium and long term goals. He stressed further that NIDOE as an Organisation, will make money needed to help the less privileged in rural communities in Nigeria. He promised that the Board under him will be accountable and encouraged members to demand accountability from those that have been elected. In its very first Board announcement, the Chairman notified members that the Annual Diaspora Day celebration this year will be held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Congratulatory and Goodwill messages to the new NIDOE BOT have continued to pour in from notable individuals and sister Organisations across the globe, including but not limited to the Chair, House Committee on the Diaspora Matters, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Convener of Nigeria Diaspora Alumni Network (NIDAN) Prof. Manny C. Aniebonam, Chief Gabe Okoye -Chairman NIDO America, Mr. Ganiyu Dada – immediate past Chairman NIDO America, Ms. Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, Chairman of Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK) Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan, Prof. Emenike Ejiogu -President NIDO Japan, Mr. Wale Adesanya – NIDO Canada, and Dr. Akin Awofolaju of NIDO America.

The Paris EGM is one of the most successful elections in the history of the Organisation, given the number of individuals and chapters that presented candidates for the election. The new leadership has placed high priority on the reconciliation of all stakeholders to ensure that all hands are on deck, to

deliver both on its promise to Nigerian national development. the members and its commitment to the Signed:  Secretary General -NIDOE , PRO -NIDOE

For and on behalf of NIDOE Board of Trustees


Nigeria House 9, Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5BX United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7765671395 +39 380 7931331 Email: Website:


Dr. George Manuwuike

General Secretary

Mr. Ikenna Ugwu

Legal Adviser

Sir Chibuzo Ubochi

Board of Trustees

Dr. Wilson Obomanu – Netherlands Mr. Adeleke Ogunkoya – Netherlands Mr. Anthony S. Ogochukwu – Ireland Dr. Camillus Konkwo – Austria Mr. Kalu Okoroafor – France Mr. Yilsen Dasar – UK North Dr. George Manuwuike – Ukraine Mr. Ikenna Ugwu – Italy Dr. Bashir Obasekola – Russia Mr. Abiodun Ogunsakin – UK North Sir Chibuzo Ubochi – UK South

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NIDOE-Russia welcomes President Medvedev to Nigeria           Moscow, June 20 2009

The Russian Chapter of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE-Russia) heartily welcomes His Excellency, President Dmitry Medvedev and his entourage on the occasion of a “historical” state visit to Nigeria.

As President Dmitry Medvedev becomes the first Russian leader to visit Nigeria, we believe this will in no doubt give a very strong political impulse to the business and human contacts and interactions of Nigerians and Russians. More details...


NIDOE-Russia gets a new Chairman                                                Moscow, April 12 2009

On April 12, 2009 at the General Meeting of members of the Russian Chapter of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization, held at the premises of the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow, the candidacy of Dr. Bashir Obasekola as the new Chairman of the organization was unanimously approved by the General House, the highest organ of the organization, in accordance with the current guidelines of the organization. More details...


 NIDO Russia Joins Global Database of Nigerians in Diaspora

 NIDOE-Russia enjoins Nigerians in Russia to join Global Database of Nigerians in Diaspora. A Global Database of Nigerians in Diaspora (GDND) was formally launched at the Nigerian High Commission in London. More details...


   European Board of Trustees Appoints Ojajune.                              London, Jan 20 2009

The chairman of the Russian Chapter of NIDO Europe, Dr. Ayo Ojajune has been appointed to the NIDO Europe's Board of Trustees.

A decision of the Board of Trustees of NIDO Europe of 20 January 2009, admitted Dr Ojajune to join the Board of Trustees of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe with immediate effect.

Although the Board's decision is subject to final confirmation of the General Assembly, the highest organ of the organisation, in an Annual General Meeting. Dr. Ojajune is expected to vacate his position as the Chairman of the Russian Chapter, as soon as possible, in order to correspond with the rules and regulations of the organisation.

Arrangements are already underway to fix a general meeting of the NIDOE, Russian chapter, in order to reorganize the chapter's Executive council.


   Keep US Military Bases off Africa!                                                    Moscow, 10 Dec. 2007

Our attention has been drawn to some recent media publications on the intense pressure being brought upon our President, Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'Adua of Nigeria by the US President George W. Bush and his administration in connection with the United States’ plan to station one of their military bases on the shores of our Nation. It is also being reported that the proposed visit of President Yar'Adua to the United States at the instance of President Bush is part of the manoeuvre to coerce the Nigerian President into accepting the militarization of the West African coast.

The entire members of the Russian Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE Russia), categorically oppose and condemn any such move by the American Administration. President Yar’Adua and his administration have demonstrated fortitude and great political wisdom in their outright rejection of any American military base in our domain. We solidly support this undoubtedly patriotic act of our President and the National Assembly in their resolve to resist any establishment of United States African Command (US AFRICOM) in any place near our borders. We also commend the position of other African countries (with the exception of Liberia) that have equally taken a stand against this American proposal.

We urge all Nigerians to give President Yar'Adua all the backing he needs in this trying period. In spite of our present national political predicament, our President cannot be, and must not be blackmailed, into acquiescing in any pact, military or strategic, inimical to the unity, stability and integrity of the Nation. The overwhelming presence of American military outposts in virtually all the regions of the world has contributed immensely to the worsening of international relations and aggravation of global tension. Furthermore, unsolicited foreign military presence in any country, impoverishes and enslaves the people, maims and robs them of their national sovereignty, destroys life and property. To this effect, a reference to the pathetic situation of the people in the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia in Central Europe should suffice. 

NIDOE Russia believes that Nigeria and the African continent must be kept free of any foreign military bases. It is a generational obligation of all Nigerians, in fact, of all Africans, to resist and obstruct with our might this blatantly dangerous scheme.

Dr Ayo Ojajune

Chair, Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe - Russia (NIDOE Russia)

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