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Published On: Wed, Nov 13th, 2019

No Nigerian in Namibian Prison, says Envoy

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Namibian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Humphrey Geiseb has disclosed that there is no Nigeria in Namibian prison.
This is even as he announced that Diaspora voting will take place all around the world tomorrow as Namibians go to the polls to elect a new President and parliamentarians.
The Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Humphrey D. Geiseb made the disclosure when he visited Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission ( NIDCOM), in Abuja on Tuesday.
Geiseb stated that Namibians living in Nigeria will join other Namibians, all over the world on Wednesday to participate in diaspora voting for both Parliamentary and National Elections holding on November 13 and 27, respectively.
He recalled that Namibia started diaspora voting since the early 2000s till date having amended its electoral laws to accommodate it.
Geiseb said that the relationship between Nigeria and Namibia dated back to the 70’s when Nigeria contributed to the fight for Namibia’s independence.
Since then, numerous efforts, he pointed out, have been made in cementing the relationship between Nigeria and Namibia.
He described Nigerians living in Namibia as good ambassadors, doing well in various fields of human endeavours.
According to him, “I am happy to inform you that there is no Nigerian in Namibian prisons, and none has been harassed, as they are all well behaved and hardworking.
“They are doing well in various endeavours- academia, business and many others”, he said.
The Envoy explained that the political party system policy, in his homeland, is gender-friendly, noting that the Namibian political parties practise what he called the “50-50 or Zebra system”, which allows equal representation of women in politics.
He thus sought for a partnership with NIDCOM on ways of effectively aligning Namibians and its Diasporas with NIDCOM initiatives especially in the areas of trade and investment.
Responding, Hon. Dabiri-Erewa urged the National Assembly to make the Diaspora Voting in Nigeria a reality by expediting action on the amendment to the Electoral Act in Nigeria .
Her words, “There is no reason why Nigeria cannot have diaspora voting just as Namibia and some other countries have already joined the league of countries doing diaspora voting”.
She congratulated Namibia on its diaspora voting, gender equality and being a friendly country to Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The NIDCOM boss was equally happy that Nigerians in Namibia are making the country proud by being good ambassadors.

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