Former Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs and a professor of political science, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi has described the electoral victory of Donald Trump as the next American President as the victory of ugly side of America. Saying that the victory is a worrisome development and a danger to black Americans, Akinyemi agreed that there has always been an ugly side to the US. “There has always been an ugly side to the US, just as there is with every country in the world but the good side in the US has always prevailed so that in tackling American problems, the interests of the US are not defined in antagonism to the interest of the whole world. But this victory of Trump is a victory of the ugly side of the U.S.”
Akinyemi, who was one of the foreign relation experts that reacted to Trump’s victory, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) today said that Trump did not have the experience and expertise in international affairs. Professor Akinyemi said that global predictions of the Democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton’s victory was cut short by Trump’s win. “It brings uncertainty into international politics because the world now has to deal with a man who is inexperienced, does not understand the complexities of international politics and has no respect for anyone who is not white or American; I think that is dangerous. The professor said that it would be difficult to predict Trump’s policies toward Nigerians or Africans in the diaspora and the continent itself.
This was even as the former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, advised the leadership of Nigeria and Africa to promote policies in the interest of the citizens to reduce the flow of African citizens to western countries. “As Africans, we have survived slavery, colonialism, apartheid, I think the strength of the African people will enable us to survive any negative consequences arising from this results. “The important thing is for the leadership of our continent to put the people ahead of anything else and if the link between the people and the leadership is strong, then we will survive the decision by the Americans to electing Donald.”
Gambari expressed optimism that US laws and institutions would protect Nigerians and Africans in the US, stressing, however, that “clearly, we should be prepared. “The Africans in the diaspora are the sixth region in Africa as being decided by the African Union so we have to be supportive and look out for them.”
Also, Ambassador Dapo Fafowora, former Nigerian ambassador to the UN, said that Trump’s victory is a lesson to Nigerians and Africans to remain in and contribute to the development of their countries.
“When people go abroad, they contribute to these foreign countries; one must agree that conditions are difficult, but if Nigerians abroad work half as hard as they do in abroad in Nigeria, we will be a better country. “I think it is a good development for Africa that we should look inwards and try to develop ourselves without relying on any major economic power.”