Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has once again affirmed the Agency’s official position that it will remain professional and will not be dragged into politics.
He stated this position when the Buhari Friends Organization Network (BFON) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, stressing out that the Agency’s enabling law precludes its officers, platforms and machinery from engagement in political activities.
Commending the group for their firm support of government policies and programmes, Omeri urged BFON to go beyond campaigning against corruption and also work to promote national unity, citizens’ ethics and other national values. He tasked the group, made up of both locally based and Diaspora members, to mobilize Nigerians worldwide toward uplifting the nation, adding that the Nigerian Diaspora must desist from denigrating their country, especially before foreign audiences as has been variously observed in the past.
Omeri said the Citizens Responsibility Volunteer Scheme (CRVS) of the Agency was ready to work at the grassroots level with all well-meaning organizations in mobilizing and sensitizing the masses to embrace government policies, programmes and activities. He therefore welcomed any collaboration with the BFON geared toward mobilizing the citizenry to support government and humanitarian causes devoid of political inclinations.
In his remarks, the National Coordinator and International President of BFON, Saint Athanasius Okon said the visit was aimed at developing a strategy for proper collaboration with NOA in the promotion of a better Nigerian State. Citing inputs by the group to facilitate government’s effort at youth employment, food security, improved economy and foreign earnings, he described as a civic responsibility, the cooperation of citizens with the government towards easing the plights of the poor masses.
Lending their voices, members of the group asserted that Nigerians in the Diaspora who talk down on the country are mostly persons who either have no Nigerian passport to return home or have never stepped on the home soil since they left, adding that such unpatriotic persons are in the minority.