The formation of the Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF) and the Great Nigerian Movement (GNM) will not be complete without mentioning the Nigerian Stakeholder Forum (NSF). Chief Gabe Okoye, a passionate community and international leader, formal NiDO Secretary/Chairman, and ex-Chairman of Democratic Party, Gwinnett County, Atlanta, USA, and other prominent Nigerians, set up the NSF to discuss various issues relating to Nigeria's growth and development.
Although other groups emanated from the Stakeholder Forum, Dr. Kayode Elusoji championed the establishment of the Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF). NDF aimed at transforming group chatting and deliberations into visible actions on various issues relating to Nigeria's development, good governance, accountability, and the rule of law. Dr. Elusoji is a world-class IT professional and Chairman of CPI Group Holdings, a conglomerate of ICT, Properties, and Investment firms. He got deep inspiration from circumstances that fueled his family's relocation to the United States after severally turning down such advice from friends, business associates, and relatives.
He explained to a group of friends that diaspora associations should work jointly to contribute meaningfully to national development and resolve numerous social, economic, political challenges facing Nigeria. He proposed the formation of the Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF) and the Great Nigerian Movement (GNM) to a group of Nigerian professionals in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates. He explained that the NDF should operate as a non-political and non-governmental global platform for all Nigerians to find solutions and build our nation. NDF will, therefore, seek the creation of a new Nigeria by enlisting the support of Nigerians, particularly in the diaspora, to contribute and invest in world-class education, medical services, mechanized agriculture, among others.
On May 9th, 2018, the Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF) was formed by prominent and responsible Nigerians led by Kayode Elusoji, Chukwuemeka Obiora, Danjuma Babayaro, Adetunji Adeleke, Emmanuel Chinedu, and Johnson Adetayo. Others include Lekan Martins, Sunday Adebiyi, Danladi Ibrahim, Raphael Opeyemi, Adamu Ahmed, Stephen Obogun, Alamu Josiah, Uche Mokwunye.
NDF, whose membership is open to all Nigerians aged 18 and above, has been positioned to be the largest, well-structured, and functioning Diaspora-inspired organization with a clear mandate to harness a global pool of knowledge toward the repositioning of Nigeria among the leading countries of the world.
Welcome Address By The NDF Executive Director, on November 10th, 2018 During The Formal Launching of The Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF) At 205 West Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60606 U.S.A.
On behalf of the Global Board of Advisors, Global Board of Trustees, Country and Continental Coordinators, Officers at the City, State, and National levels, and the Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF) members, I humbly welcome everyone to this epoch-making event.
It is pointless to keep complaining about the present situation of Nigeria; instead, we should find the solutions to the array of challenges. Many Nigerians left their Country for foreign lands in search of a better standard of living, and most disturbingly, thousands, if not millions, still struggle daily to follow the same route. The issue is, for how long shall we continue in this direction as a nation? How long shall we continue to develop other countries while ours remains undeveloped?. It is time to collectively focus our efforts and create a New Nigeria for ourselves and the generations to come. Fellow Nigerians, the time is now. We cannot afford to wait any longer; we must begin to change the course of action in our Country. The truth is that we are all guilty of the present ruin and decay in our Country. We all contributed to the destruction in our different capacities, from parents to judges, lecturers, police officers, public servants, bankers, business leaders, marketers, and even some religious leaders. We all created Nigeria we are witnessing today, and we must collectively do the needful to salvage our Country. It is time to take a cue from countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea, and they used to be on par with Nigeria in terms of development index. However, it is regrettable that all of them have left us far behind because they made conscious decisions to create a better place to live. They have moved from poverty to abundance through adequately planned and executed national efforts and deliberate investment in education. Citizens' firm resolution to elect responsible and passionate leaders gave birth to a new dawn in those nations. It is time to start the nation rebuilding process. NDF is a canopy for all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to collaborate for the singular purpose of building a new and progressive nation. The focus of NDF is quality and affordable education for all, health care, national security, the rule of law, among others. Hence, NDF is embarking on a global crusade to salvage our educational system. At the same time, we shall design, plan and execute projects that will directly impact the governance, the rule of law and make our leaders more responsible and accountable for their actions. Please note that NDF is non-political and non-governmental! It should be echoed to every nook and cranny of our nation that the rebuilding process has started. Let us create a better country for our children and the unborn; let us harness Nigerians' global skills, capabilities, wealth, and resources to create a place we can truly call home.
We can do better in our Country rather than allow our youth and productive workforce to obtain visas and become slaves in foreign lands or die in the Mediterranean Sea in their search for greener pastures. NDF is ready to drive the process! We are prepared to work and remove the barrier that has kept us divided, unorganized, and wasteful. Nigerians are performing well worldwide, and with the oneness of mind, Nigeria can rise and shine. Enough of ethnic chauvinism and religious bigotry! Let us embrace proven structures that conserve our resources and allow for the proper execution of developmental projects. We must have an uninterrupted power supply, good healthcare, and education services. Our roads, sea, and air transport should be efficient, and the safety of lives and properties should not be negotiable.
Join NDF now, invite your friends and relatives to join the train; bring up suggestions toward realizing this hallowed goal; serve as a unit, community, city, or state leader. Together we can! Be ready to use your professional skills to assist our fatherland. NDF belongs to all. We should join hands to contribute ideas, knowledge, and resources toward executing projects that will positively change Nigeria. We should plan and complete projects that make our people more accountable and improve the quality of education, which is the foundation of development. NDF welcomes any government genuinely interested in fighting corruption and reducing the enormous cost of governance, crippling the nation. Our general election is approaching. Now more than ever is the time to decide the Nigeria we want to have. Therefore, we must ensure that the candidates we vote into power love Nigeria. We are confident that Nigeria will reach the Promised Land: a new nation free from economic, social, and political hardships.
Let us begin to rebuild now! Long live, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Thank you, and God bless.
Dr. Kayode Elusoji
Executive Director, November 10th, 2018
This Nigerian Diaspora Foundation (NDF) is open to all Nigerians aged 18 and above living within or outside our Country. Nigerians with a clear vision and determination to join hands and create a new and prosperous nation where every region of Nigeria is empowered to succeed without tribal or religious hindrances.
Rebuilding our nation through purposeful investment in quality education
To become a vehicle for social, economic and political liberation of the Nigerian masses
NDF is governed by determination to unite Nigerians globally; breaking religious, ethnic and tribal barrier for a common goal of national re-building, good governance, fairness, equity and the rule of law.