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When will Nigeria have her first minister who is an American or an Indian? -By Azuka Onwuka

Nigerians go to other countries and vote and get voted for. Many get appointed into political positions. Nigerians celebrate such. But no naturalised person has been appointed a minister or commissioner or DG or the like in Nigeria. It shows that Nigeria is big in size but small in thinking.

Some weeks ago, Buhari conferred Nigerian citizenship on some people and took this photo with them. Some criticised him for that, because the leaders of other countries don’t do it for their new citizens.

But I don’t see anything wrong with it.

Nigeria is not like Canada or the United States whose citizenship is sought by millions of people across the world. That there are people willing to take the Nigerian citizenship at a time many Nigerians are eager to flee the country is something a government needs to celebrate.

Last year, Canada (which has a population of about 40 million) granted over 400,000 people citizenship. That picture of Buhari and the new Nigerian citizens does have up to 50 people. And Nigeria has 200 million people. Therefore, it calls for celebration. Buhari needs such a photo to pass the message that despite how bad Nigeria has become, there are people willing to take up her citizenship.

But beyond all this, I look forward to more concrete things regarding the nationals of other countries in Nigeria.

Nigerians go to other countries and vote and get voted for. Many get appointed into political positions. Nigerians celebrate such. But no naturalised person has been appointed a minister or commissioner or DG or the like in Nigeria. It shows that Nigeria is big in size but small in thinking.

The more cosmopolitan a place is, the more progress the place makes. Foreigners bring diverse ideas and views to issues.

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