Thursday, 11 February 2016

Why can't Nigerians stay in their country? Donald Trump bashes Nigeria


According to Trump “We need to get the Africans out (of USA). Not the blacks, the Africans. Especially the Nigerians. They’re everywhere. I went for a rally in Alaska and met just one African in the entire state. Where was he from? Nigeria! He’s in Alaska taking our jobs. They’re in Houston taking our jobs. Why can’t they stay in their own country? Why? I’ll tell you why. Because they are corrupt. Their governments are so corrupt, they rob the people blind and bring it all here to spend. And their people run away and come down here and take our jobs! We can’t have that! If I become president, we’ll send them all home. We’ll build a wall at the Atlantic shore. Then maybe we’ll re-colonize them because obviously they did not learn a damn thing from the British”.

Now, some Nigerians have argued that Nigeria deserves the Nigeria bashing Trump’s insult because Nigerians, as the fear mongering populist demagogue, Trump alleged in his outburst, could be found working in places as remote as Alaska,USA stealing American jobs but my counter argument is that Americans are equally in far flung places like Eket, in Akwa Ibom and Excravos in Delta states in Nigeria where Exxon Mobil, an American oil major and others have been prospecting fit crude oil/ gas for many decades, yet Nigerians are not cursing them out for taking their jobs like Trump is doing.

It’s a such an irony that Trump who has often boasted that he made his billions building and selling luxury real estate properties to Arabs, Russians, Chinese and other affluent people from all over the world is now so anti globalization that he is threatening to build walls shutting out non Americans from the so called ‘God’s Own Country’ just because he wants to win votes by playing to the gallery of angry rightist Republicans who are riled by the seeming drop in US erstwhile Olympian position of influence in world affairs.

Although, fellow Republicans, including the well respected Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina have denounced Trump’s scapegoating of peoples, religions, races and countries just to gain cheap popularity, the United Kingdom, which has also been at the receiving end of Trump’s caustic tongue, is now considering a law in parliament to ban the anti establishment renegade politician,Trump from visiting England.

It is worthy of note that the Wichita unwarranted ranting on Nigeria is not the first time that Trump would cast aspersions on Africans in the course of his inglorious run for the presidency of the USA—a country that was founded by immigrants and whose foundation is structured to welcome and integrate peoples from all over the world with legitimate quest for the proverbial American Dream.

It may be recalled that in a speech at Indianapolis, at the nascent stage of his campaign , the unorthodox Trump had similarly alleged that “some Africans are lazy fools only good at eating, love making and stealing”. In his warped views “The best they can do is gallivanting around ghettoes… Look at African countries like Kenya for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries”.

At that point in time,Trump only specifically mentioned Kenya because that country was in the news for the wrong reasons and it also happens to be the country of the father of president Barack Obama, Trump’s political arch political enemy.

Trump is now focusing his publicity-seeking antics on Nigeria via the diatribe about Nigeria and as a result, our nation is bearing the brunt of the corrosive Trump phenomenon since our country has overtaken Kenya as the embodiment of corruption and bad governance in Africa, due to the salacious details of the disbursement of the $2.1 billion allocated for arms procurement now dubbed Dasukigate (diversion of defense funds into political campaign slush funds) which has recently become headline news items in the global media.

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