In Britain, a spokesman for the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) outlined his party's policies in a speech to Nigerians in London on Wednesday (9 May).
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CU Dr. Peter Ighofose British General Secretary of Nigerian Unity Party, speaking.
IGHOFOSE: "There is no reason after the Unity Party takes over on the first of October for any Nigerian who has finished with his degree or diploma or whatever course you are taking, to stay back in Europe because if you stay back, I'm sure then you will say 'I'm missing something'. We are going to have something to offer to every Nigerian both at home and abroad and you'll be entitled to come back for that something. We want every Nigerian to be proud of Nigeria. We do not want a Nigeria where a few people will exploit the majority which is our basic problem, which we want to wipe out in Nigeria. We want a country where, when you get back, you feel just as happy, or even happier than you were in Europe or America. The only way you can get this happiness is to have the right persons, the right people in your government, and we know that the only party in Nigeria today that has got this to offer to you is the Unity Party."
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Background: In Britain, a spokesman for the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) outlined his party's policies in a speech to Nigerians in London on Wednesday (9 May). Dr. Peter Ighofose is the General Secretary of the Unity party in London. It is one of the five new political groups formed after Nigeria's military leader, Lieutenant-General Olusegun Obasanjo, announced that the country would return to civilian rule by next October. General elections are to be held after the lifting of the twelve-year ban on all political parties. The Unity Party's manifesto promised it would introduce free education and health schemes, encourage rural development and full employment if elected
SYNOPSIS: Many of Dr. Ighofose's remarks were particularly relevant to Nigerians living abroad.