Trump will not disrupt U.S., Nigeria relationship – Official

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The new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sola Enikanolaiye, on Sunday assured Nigerians that Donald Trump’s presidency would not disrupt the U.S. and Nigeria’s long-existing relations.

Mr. Enikanolaiye told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that there was no need for Nigerians to be agitated over Mr. Trump’s presidency.

The permanent secretary expressed optimism that the long existing relations between Nigeria and the U.S. would be strengthened in the years ahead.

“We do not think that Donald Trump’s presidency would lead to a disruption in the relations between Nigeria and the United States.

“The United States and Nigeria have had excellent relations since the attainment of Nigeria’s Independence.

“And under every government in the U. S, whether Republican or Democrat, we have always had cordial relations.

“So, we do not think that this already existing relations between Nigeria and the U.S. would necessarily be altered under the U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump,’’ he said.

The permanent secretary, however, said that Nigeria would not be naive to be caught unawares by any future eventualities.

He said that ahead of eventualities, his Ministry would on Monday hold a special retreat in Abuja, to deliberate on some of Trump’s rhetorics during his campaigns.

“Given the President-elect’s rhetorics during his campaigns and election, we would not be naive not to prepare for these eventualities.

“This retreat would give major foreign policy stakeholders the opportunity to deliberate on what Trump has said and advise government on how best to respond to this,” he said.

Mr. Enikanolaiye recalled that Nigeria had excellent relations with the administration of the outgoing president Barack Obama in different areas, including economic ties, deepening of Nigeria’s democracy and other areas.

(NAN)


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  • Otile

    President Trump cannot in good conscience support Mohamed Buhari’s pogroms and Islamization of SE SS. God forbid evil. President Donald Trump is a good Christian man.

    • MO the Observer

      Islamization of SE SS.. nawa o, people can talk out of sense sha

    • Samadani

      And you? Which religion do you practice? I don’t mean the church you go!

  • paul irumundomon

    What do Nigerians gain from the US. The US gain a lot from Nigeria, money stolen in Nigeria are kept in most American banks, the interest and taxes, are used to mentain America.

    Look at the pictures of market at ondo, the one they showed the world, during selebrations of the just concluded election, it is not good enough as dog houses in civilized countries. This is the market majority of people from that state, who were bought, in this election, do their business.

  • kayode Olufade

    Well why don’t we just wait for the man to be sworn in first before we start speculating on whether or not his administration is going to disrupt relations between both countries