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Sunday, 13 November 2016

President Elect Trump And Nigeria-US Relations

I do not share the view of those who assume that by some kind of miracle, in the shape of electoral-college defections, Hillary Clinton would still, on the strength of winning the popular vote, supplant Donald Trump as US 2016 President-elect.




 We might as well begin to live with the reality of a Trump Presidency, sad and traumatic as that outcome may be. And coming to terms with that, despite our disappointment, calls for a forward-looking approach on the part of the Nigerian government.

The United States remains Nigeria’s most strategic partner. More than one million Nigerians live in the United States and a significant percentage of that immigrant population has distinguished itself in academia, the health sector, public service, and other aspects of American life. Nigerians are perhaps the most visible and the most influential set of immigrant Africans living in the United States today. It is indeed possible to argue that there is no neighbourhood or community in Nigeria today that does not have at least one representative in America.

I know many families who have never been to Abuja but who talk about America with such frightening familiarity without ever seeing the inside of an aircraft. Their claim to such glory is the presence of a cousin, a son, a daughter, an in-law or other relatives, in the United States - it doesn’t matter if the fellow is a failed husband or wife, or he or she is washing plates, or doing security guard work, a jail term, or struggling to survive as a human being, or he or she is permanently trapped in America because coming home could be a vote for shame.

Nigerians love America, thus. The British colonized our country and Britain still remains a second home of choice for many middle class Nigerians, but America holds more than a special attraction for many wannabe Nigerians. America is Nigeria’s land of golden dreams, the country that our youths want to flock to. Many of our politicians have Americans passports. The only Nobel Laureate that we have also holds an American Green card. Churches and mosques across Nigeria hold special prayer sessions for that Green card and when you have a child living in America, you are free to assume that the Living God has answered your prayers.

In terms of trade, Nigeria is America’s foremost partner in Africa. The United States through the auspices of the Nigeria-US Bilateral National Commission and similar diplomatic commitments in the African Union and ECOWAS and through other international protocols is actively involved in Nigeria’s health, security, agriculture, financial and human rights sectors. We are in addition, a big market for America’s exports in Africa and a stabilizing force for global security within the region and the continent. Where the problem lies and where a foreign policy challenge needs to be addressed, is the emergence right now, of an incoming President who has expressly declared that African Presidents are thieves and that Nigeria is particularly a problem, because its leadership is both “corrupt and insensible”.

Person-to-person diplomacy is perhaps more relevant than government-to-government relations because the former impacts greatly on the latter, and any student of international relations can only ignore this at great cost. We have, despite our cultural, diplomatic and trade relations with the United States, an in-coming American President who hates immigrants, Muslims, and who considers Nigerians a threat to the US working population.

Whatever the situation might be, Nigeria has a duty and a responsibility to defend the interest of Nigerians doing business with the United States in one form or the other. Our residual interest in American politics and its outcomes should go beyond individual interests, and political emotions and rest on Nigeria’s corporate interest. Strategically, what does Donald Trump’s victory mean to us? What are the implications for Nigeria’s relationship with the United States? What are the plans in place or in process, to protect Nigerians and Nigerian Americans who may suddenly find themselves in a threat situation under a racist and isolationist American Presidency? What can or should the Nigerian government do to protect Nigerians in the US diaspora from the uncertainties of America’s transition?

I have seen a couple of congratulatory messages here and there and a lot of casual commentaries on the subject, but what we need is far more strategic thinking at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The officials should wake up and realize that it may no longer be business as usual with Washington. Our last ambassador to Washington DC, Professor Ade Adefuye was a well-educated diplomat and scholar with vast international exposure and a robust, aggressive personality. He brought that to bear on his job, and he achieved results. Right now, we don’t even have someone of his rank and stature in Washington. The Senate is busy still staring at the list of ambassadorial appointees, and no one knows when many of the critical vacancies will be filled. We need a man or woman in Washington post-haste: an ambassador who can represent Nigeria’s interest, and who can settle down, even without presenting letters of credence, long before Donald Trump’s inauguration, and who must be the right man or woman for the job. 


 The Trump Presidency is interested in America only; every other diplomatic post in that country must look out for its own interest. America is too important to the world, too tied to the global network of interests to be allowed to disconnect.

At other levels, Nigeria must seek more active cooperation and collaboration with the United States. We need not be told that Nigerians living in the United States today are just as anxious as the Mexicans. There is no gainsaying the fact that the incoming American President considers Nigerians a terrible set of immigrants. He has in the course of the campaigns shown a capacity to seek out groups and peoples and demonize them. In the interest of those vulnerable Nigerians (because no matter what, some Nigerians are linked to the US forever), and all the other strategic interests between our two countries, the Nigerian government must engage the emerging Trump establishment in Washington DC, proactively. It is not enough to just send a rhetorical congratulatory message. That is mere routine. But it is worse that President-elect Donald Trump has not deemed it necessary to call any African leader on phone. African leaders must learn to stand up for themselves but what measure of respect should we expect with the kind of leaders we have across Africa? And what quality of respect should any of our leaders give to a man who said this, referring to Nigeria:

“No sensible President continuously travels round the globe while his country Nigeria is in terrible hardship and economic mess. It can only happen in Nigeria where all that matters to the President is the full introduction of Islam, the annihilation of his political opponents and absolute extermination of the old Eastern Nigeria. Buhari, prior to his questionable victory at the polls as the President of Nigeria made lots of promises which he obviously failed to keep and in most cases denied.”

There are usually consequences for this kind of effrontery in diplomatic relations. If Donald Trump ever offers to visit Nigeria, President Buhari must snub him. Donald Trump also said:

“Look at African countries like Nigeria or Kenya for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries. From the government to the opposition they qualify only to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required.

“How do you trust even those who have run away to hide in the United States, hiding behind education? I hear they abuse me in their blogs but I don’t care because even the internet they are using is ours and we can decide to switch it off from this side. These are people who import everything including matchsticks.

“In my opinion, most of these African countries (like Nigeria) ought to be recolonized again for another 100 years because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance.”

The man who would be sworn in, January 20, 2017, as President of the most powerful country in the world also said: “To make our country big and powerful again, we have to get rid of Muslims, Mexicans and Africans, and in particular of Nigerians. They take us away from our work, job places intended for honest diligent Americans. When we don’t give them jobs, these Muslims arrange terrorist attacks.”

“We have to move Africans. Nigerians are everywhere now. I was at the meeting in Alaska and only Africans were everywhere. How do you think where they are from? From Nigeria! I saw them in each state where they got a job. Why can’t they find a job in the hometown in their native country?’ I know, because corruption reigns in their country. Their government plunders people. Therefore, they come here and take us away from our work.

“When I become a President, we will send all of them home. We will construct a wall along the Atlantic coast. We will colonize them, because probably, they haven’t felt what is it from (the) British.”



Nigeria and Donald Trump! It is left to the Nigerian government not to behave as if these statements do not matter. The typical response could be that these declarations are true and they may well be, but in diplomatic relations, such aggressive conduct, carried through in formal situations, would be considered consequential. In view of what and who Trump is however, Nigeria needs to fashion out a new policy towards the United States in line with our foreign policy objectives. One point is that President Trump may not necessarily be the Trump of the campaigns. But knowing his mindset, we should build our defences. Our foreign policy team


 working on Nigeria-US Bilateral National Commission should see the urgent need to define and protect Nigeria’s strategic interest as the United States goes through an uncommon transition between now and January 2017.

BY REUBEN ABATI


47 comments:

Fiona said...

Good afternoon uncle Reuben.

Becky Divine said...

Of course it's oga Reuben! And he never fails to impress!
God bless me with much more wisdom than his! Huge fan right here

Adadioramma said...

Haahahahahaha, see as I quickly scroll down and am not disappointed anyway. Welcome back sir, we missed you here greatly.

Friendlybee (D1C93904) said...

All I know is that I like this Trump dude, he is going to send home majority of those silly he-goats that go about marrying old women for money over there, those fraudsters that go about masterminding internet frauds thereby tarnishing the image of this country, sweet Trump, send them home, let them come and farm.

And don't forget to deal with ISIL lols.... And if Hilary talks, impregnate her just the way that kogi big boy threatened to impregnate Tinubu's wifey. Shikena.

Uncle Reuben...ur write up is boring, allow Donald the son of God to bring progress to this world jwo.

Becky Divine said...

Oh my God!!!

Just reading all these statements made by Trump against Nigeria is seriously giving me goosebumps! Does Trump have a personal vendetta against Nigeria? What's his deal with us? Are we the only corrupt country in the world?

Vuharia shame on you!! They have all seen you, from making empty promises to denying some of the promises. And your never ending wakabout for no good reason, God will punish you for making a mockery of our great Nation Nigeria!! Evil man

zion baby said...

Brother Reuben๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

Anonymous said...

Chai, why didn't Efcc release Reuben eh?

peace maker said...

Good to know

Emilia Peter said...

U always say d right things but sir try and make it short pls.

Priceless Jewel said...

Mtcheew

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After the second paragraph, i had to scroll down. Still doing introduction inside the second paragraph? I was like Mba, this has got to be no one else but our dear Uncle Abati. Summary pls...

OlaGold (add up 58BF8F56 for 18-24k raw gold dust and bar) said...

Lol Happy Sunday to you uncle reuben

Kachi said...

I know it can only be Reuben, don't even bother reading before checking the writer

Gold patrol said...

All he said is true. If the government won't listen to its masses it should at least listen to their fellow colleague and if not for anything they should change their ways for the sake of the shame they have brought to the nation. No jobs, no light, the cost of living is higher than high and yet their children can afford to be well educated, they can afford to travel about the world, I'm sure the only place they haven't gone is space and its not for the lack of money but for the fear of losing their lives. Some Nigerians cannot afford to eat not to talk of going to the next state lol. Its not like there are no Nigerians with money making ideas but in order to push these ideas they need money. There are industries and offices set up to help provide financial backing for upcoming businesses but how many businesses have they pushed??

Anonymous said...

Youngman senior brother don come! Oga reuben weldone o! Person neva chop,u still expect am to read ds ur long Epistle? U try! Bros wen u finish writing abeg mk u try return our yams wey u chop mbok! Hunger de worry us bad bad o!

Madea said...

I started to read this and as it got longer, I quickly scrolled down to see the writer, alas! I guessed right. The weather is too hot for this long epistle. Bye Uncle.

Wild Rose said...

I never knew trump said all these about Nigerians. See as he wash us for outside. Chai! I can not take it... The truth is bitter though.

Etsako Girl said...

Hate him or love him, he has analysed the situation of Nigeria in regards to USA and Trump. Nigeria is in a big mess and our leaders aren't helping matters to make this country great.

Anonymous said...

Trump didn't say anything bad,he only stated the obvious. and biko do and return your part of the loot @ Reuben Abati

Roseflower said...

Nice one Uncle Reuben.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I saw the length of the post, I knew it was that Reuben. Too much ejo wewe. He should free America joor.

Lilly simple said...

Uncle Rubby welcome o o

Hope Mosquitoes no finish you
I knew it was you

While you were away Beeveeeessss missed your epistle

Kwakwakwakwakwakwakwakwa

Tayan Taylor said...

When is the epistle on your experience in Efcc detention

IRRATIONALPaul said...

Nice Article

charitybino said...

A lot of sense in this article.

charitybino said...

A lot of sense in this article.

Anonymous said...

If Hillary returns back as president, this would be the most interesting election ever.
I just dey watch. ....lol

amanda favour said...

Uncle Ruben,I hail oh!

Uniq Gem said...

Trump is just bad news.

Anonymous said...

God will punish you too, bloody swine. Buhari made a joke of our great nation? Bitch please, your nation has been a joke since time immemorial.

Anonymous said...

An all those things they claimed he said about Nigerians are all lies. I never read it in any American news or heard him say so that is only in Nigerian blogs. He is going to send undocumented immigrants back not the legal immigrants. Reubens Abating should get his facts right before spewing rubbish. Must he even have opinion about everything?

IVORY said...

Is he out of "goal" already? Uncle Reuben!

ukwu dimond said...

Big uncle Reuben well done, hope your market dey sell well?

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Ah ha, Mr ruben

cakes by Bella's, Abuja. 58DA8ADF, 07080305132, instagram @cakes_by_bellas said...

Really ???

Becky Divine said...

Anon 18:26 defender of the universe welicome o!!! Continue defending vuharia you fool till the day he drowns you and your entire generation in misery and poverty. Oponu

iam Owen said...

Wen I was writing my project on bilateral relations between Nigeria and d United states.....were was Uncle Abati ni...dis article would hv been helpful jor....anyhow sha...dat was years ago....

Sassy Oma said...

Daft people everywhere.

Heni said...

Why do u guys always listen to rubbish. Trump neva said anything like dat just d ppl @ home wishing dat happens. D Nigerians in America, most of dem re citizens of America now, isn't it dumb to tink de ll be deported with d blue passport.
Those @ home should keep hoping for d worse while d Nigerians in America continue to make dere dollars while nigeria is in recession with mmm now d order of d day.
Am amazed Abati will reference gossip blog for his write up

dame sexy said...

@ Reuben Abati is part of the corrupt people who contributed immensely in putting Nigeria in this economic recession.His hand aint that clean,and as intelligent that he claims to be,he needs to get his facts right before he wrote the above epistle and stop all these false propaganda.
by the way,am neither Trump nor Hilary fan.

dame sexy said...

@ Reuben Abati is part of the corrupt people who contributed immensely in putting Nigeria in this economic recession.His hand aint that clean,and as intelligent that he claims to be,he needs to get his facts right before he wrote the above epistle and stop all these false propaganda.
by the way,am neither Trump nor Hilary fan.

Ideato/ilaje blood said...

This particular write up is the best I've read in a while

Mao Akuh said...

Trump has good plans for Americans, unlike our Fulani Ajala...no plan, no structure & is as if Trump's victory has disorganised his brain more.

Anonymous said...

Since this election, I have come to know the wicked minds of Nigerians! Many wants their relations to be deported! A Nigerian said he wanted Trump to win because everything is working too smoothly in US, that Trump will bring Chaos! The idiot still carried the pull-him-down mentality to US! I fear this kind of person, he will destroy his sibling or friend if they are doing better than him. Tufiakwa!

SISI said...

Please can someone Summarize it...

Isek said...

Nonsense. This man should just shut up! America is not heaven and Donald Trump is the typical ignorant America who knows nothing about the rest of the world. Those Nigerians who can't live outside America can stay there. They are the ones who have failed to 'make it' there. The rest can come home. The change they stayed away from here has now reached them. No hiding place.

Isek said...

Nonsense. This man should just shut up! America is not heaven and Donald Trump is the typical ignorant America who knows nothing about the rest of the world. Those Nigerians who can't live outside America can stay there. They are the ones who have failed to 'make it' there. The rest can come home. The change they stayed away from here has now reached them. No hiding place.

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