The dream of Nigerians in the diaspora to participate in the country’s electoral process may soon be realised, going by the words of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu. He said the commission had written the National Assembly on the need to thinker with the enabling law, to allow Nigerians living outside the country to vote. Yakubu spoke yesterday with the Sudanese ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, who was at INEC’s headquarters to deliver a letter of invitation to him. There are about 10 million Nigerians in Sudan under two categories- Sudanese of Nigeria origin and Nigeria migrants in Sudan.
The INEC chairman said the visit was timely, as the country would need the envoy’s support in ascertaining the population of Nigerians in Sudan.
He said the country would empower Nigerians in the diaspora to vote in future elections.
Yakubu said: “The commission intends, as soon as the enabling laws are amended, to empower Nigerians living outside the country to vote in future elections.