​Trump in the eyes of Nigerians

Some Nigerians have expressed their thoughts about the emergence of Republican Donald Trump as the U.S president-elect. They gave their notions on what Trumps victory portends for Nigeria.

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​Obama to host Trump at White House

A triumphant Donald Trump heads to the White House Thursday for talks with President Barack Obama on securing a smooth transition of power and steading nerves after an election that shocked the world.

Anger over the Trump win spilled out on the streets of cities from New York to Los Angeles late Wednesday as chanting protesters lit bonfires and snarled traffic. In one case an orange-headed Trump head was burned in effigy.

Forty-eight hours after Trump’s upset win, the 70-year-old president-elect and Obama will meet in the Oval Office for what could be an awkward meeting as the president-elect looks ahead to the January 20 inauguration.

Trump has questioned whether Obama was born in the United States — a suggestion laden with deep racial overtones — and the Democratic commander-in-chief has described the celebrity businessman as “uniquely unqualified” to be president.

But the last day has seen efforts to bring this deeply divided country together after a brutal two-year battle for the White House that at times appeared more tribal than partisan.

Vanquished Democratic rival Hillary Clinton fought back the bitter disappointment of not becoming America’s first female president to urge Americans to give Trump a chance, at least from the outset.

“We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” she said in a concession speech.

Obama, addressing disconsolate staff in the White House Rose Garden, played down the extraordinary Trump win, painting it as democracy being its messy self.

“Sometimes you lose an argument,” he said, adding that all Americans would now be “rooting” for Trump’s success.

“We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country,” Obama said as staff wiped away tears and pondered whether his administration’s eight years of toil had come to naught.

In the battle for the soul of America, those who helped elect America’s first black president now appear to be in retreat.

Both Obama and Clinton issued a faint but definite warning that Trump must respect institutions and the rule of law if a modicum of goodwill is to hold.

In remarks that would once have seemed unthinkable, the president of the world’s foremost democracy and military power subtly urged his successor to respect the 240-year-old system of governance and its institutions.

“The country,” Obama said “needs a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and a respect for each other.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest demurred when asked whether Trump would respect the rule of law.

His tone “would seem to suggest that certain basic principles of our democracy are likely to be upheld.”

– Brave new world –

“Likely” is unlikely clear enough for Washington’s partners who see the entire global political order, which hinges on Washington’s moral and military leadership, as cast into doubt.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to take on the mantle of champion of liberal values and “leader of the free world,” an epithet usually reserved for American presidents.

She warned that “close cooperation” between the two countries must be based on shared democratic values, and reminded Trump of the global responsibility he carries.

“On the basis of these values, I offer close cooperation to the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.”

Europe, already beset by financial and social crises and internal divisions, now faces existential questions about its own security. Trump has questioned the US-led NATO’s key collective defense guarantee.

The leaders of America’s closest hemispheric partners, Canada and Mexico, quickly made clear their willingness to work with the new president, offering a message of continuity and stability with their giant neighbor.

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto reached out to the president-elect, agreeing to a meeting.

– ‘Redemption, not recrimination’ –

The Republican Party leadership, too, embraced their newfound champion.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had distanced himself from Trump in the final month of the campaign, pledged to “hit the ground running” and work with him on conservative legislation.

But Ryan also called for healing, saying the bitterly contested race must be followed by a period “of redemption, not a time of recrimination.”

Likewise, Trump called for national reconciliation after Clinton conceded defeat in a result that virtually no poll had dreamed of predicting.

He told a crowd of jubilant supporters early Wednesday in New York “it is time for America to bind the wounds of division” as he pledged to work with Democrats in office.

On Wednesday Trump huddled at Trump Tower in New York with a group of advisers, planning the transition to running the world’s largest economy when he takes office on January 20.

During a bitter campaign that tugged at America’s democratic fabric, the tycoon pledged to deport illegal immigrants, ban Muslims from the country and tear up free-trade deals.

Trump’s campaign message was embraced by a large section of America’s white majority, grown increasingly disgruntled by the scope of social and economic change under Obama.

But it was passionately rejected by Clinton supporters.

Thousands of protesters — in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland and other cities — rallied late Wednesday to express shock and anger over Trump’s election. They vowed to oppose divisive views they say helped the Republican billionaire win the White House.

In Washington, several hundred gathered in front of the White House for a candlelight vigil on a damp, chilly evening, criticizing what they called Trump’s racism, sexism and xenophobia, and carrying signs reading “We have a voice!” and “Education for all!”

Some of the most enthusiastic support for Trump came from far-right and nationalist politicians in Europe such as French opposition figure Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Northern League and British euroskeptic Nigel Farage.

Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin said he wanted to rebuild “full-fledged relations” with the United States, as he warmly congratulated the president-elect.

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​After stunning upset: How Trump’s victory’ll affect Nigeria – 

ABUJA—THE election of Mr. Donald Trump of the Republican Party as the 45th President of the United States of America, yesterday, provoked an avalanche of questions from local and foreign experts.

There were uncertainties over how his presidency will affect the country’s economy, crude oil price, Nigeria’s main revenue earner; her nationals in the US, aid to developing countries, including Nigeria and, of course, international politics.

Contrary to pre-election opinion awarding victory to the Democratic Party Candidate, Hillary Clinton, the President-elect secured 276 Electoral College votes against Clinton’s 218, to emerge victorious.

Demonstrators hold placards that read “No to racism, no to Trump” during a protest outside the US Embassy in London on November 9, 2016 against US President-elect Donald Trump after he was declared the winner of the US presidential election.

Political novice and former reality TV star Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton to take the US presidency, stunning America and the world in an explosive upset fueled by a wave of grassroots anger. / AFP PHOTO

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump along with his wife Melania Trump (Center-R) greet people in the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Former Democratic US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the New Yorker after her defeat last night to Donald Trump on November 9, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO
Trump’s victory elicited words of salutation from President Muhammadu Buhari, who said he looked forward to working with Trump, who would be sworn-in on January 20, 2017.

Other Nigerians, who spoke on Trump’s election, yesterday, included Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Aare Afe Babaloa, SAN; Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Ambassador Dapo Fafowora, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Chief Guy Ikokwu, among others.

I look forward to working with Trump – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari,while congratulating Mr. Trump on his victory, yesterday, said he would work with the U.S. President-elect.

A statement by Presidential Spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, said: “On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the United States presidential election.

“President Buhari also congratulates American citizens on the outcome of the election, which was keenly observed by all true lovers of democracy and those who believe in the will of the people.

“The President looks forward to working together with President-elect Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.

“As Mr Trump prepares to assume the position of the President of the United States, President Buhari extends his good wishes to him on the onerous task of leading the world’s strongest economy”, the statement added.

We’ll  work together — Saraki

In his own reaction, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said yesterday that he will work with the President-Elect of the United States of America, USA, Mr. Donald Trump.

In a statement he personally signed, Saraki who congratulated Donald Trump over his victory, said: “I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump to continue the strong US-Nigeria relationship and to address our mutual interest in defeating global terror networks, rooting out corruption and strengthening the institutions of governance.”

“Mr. Trump’s years of being a private sector leader can be invaluable to Nigeria as we work to restructure and diversify our economy. It is important for the private sector here to have a larger role in expanding our economic base, creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship. In these areas, I am sure he will be able to serve as a strong partner.”

Surprise, lesson for Nigeria – Ikokwu

Chief Guy Ikokwu said Trump’s victory took Nigeria and the rest of the world by surprise because, apart from being an outsider in the race, he is not a public servant, politician or among those in the corridors of power. “It shows that sovereignty belongs to the people and not public officials. Nigeria has a lesson to to learn.’’

To benefit from Trump’s presidency, he said Nigeria must strive for meritocracy, ensure job creation, diversify our economy, restructure the polity and give the zones fiscal autonomy so that “we will be able to make tremendous progress and end squalor.”

A lesson for Nigerians — Fafowora

Ambassador Oladapo Fafowora, former Nigerian Ambassador to the UN, however, said Trump’s victory was a lesson to Nigerians and Africans to remain in and contribute to the development of their countries.

Fafowora said Africans needed to reduce their reliance on world economic powers, adding that “there is nothing in his background to suggest he has any durable interest in Africa. I think it is a lesson for Nigerians; people should stay here and make contributions in developing our country.

US may cut aid to developing nations

– Industrialist

An industrialist, Chief Tomi Akingbogun, said, yesterday, that there might be less foreign aid from the American government to developing nations like Nigeria, given Trump’s victory.

Speaking in Abuja, Akingbogun said with Trump’s triumph, developing nations in the world might witness less support from the new government in terms of grants, considering the conservative orientation of the Republicans.

He said the policies and programmes of the new government might not be favourable to Nigerians and other immigrants, based on the campaign speeches of the President-elect.

“America might play a lesser role in assisting developing countries by coming to the help of needy nations. That means we in Africa will be on our own; that means there might be less foreign aid from the new government. If that happens, it is an opportunity for Nigerians, who have become very successful in America to return home and support the rebuilding of the economy.”

He said Nigerians have contributed to the building of the American economy over the years, noting that it was time for them to return and help salvage the nation from recession.

It will affect Nigeria positively — Security expert

A security consultant, Ibrahim Garba, said Trump’s election will affect Nigerian professionals positively.

Decrying the attitude of Nigerians, who project the image of the country in bad light, he said Nigerians needed to change their business orientation to reflect positive ideas in the new era.

“This would affect Nigeria because things would be more competitive; Trump is a man who knows about your money; he does not throw money around. For you to do any business in America you have to be serious. From a business perspective, if Nigerians know what they are bringing to the table and it’s of value, Donald Trump will approve it.”

Trump: Victory for America’s ugly side

International relations experts have described the victory of U.S. President-elect, Donald Trump, as a surprise that will bring uncertainty to international politics.

The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, yesterday, that Trump does not have experience and expertise in international affairs.

Bolaji Akinyemi, a professor of political science, described Trump’s victory as a worrisome development.

Professor Akinyemi, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: “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.”

Be prepared, says Gambari

Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, expressed optimism that U.S. laws and institutions would protect Nigerians and Africans in the U.S., stressing, however, that “clearly, we should be prepared.”

He also advised the leadership of Nigeria and Africa to promote policies in the interest of their citizens. Gambari said such interests would encourage development and reduce the flow of African citizens to western countries.

“As Africans, we have survived slavery, colonialism and apartheid. I think the strength of the African people will enable us to survive any negative consequences arising from this result.”

OPEC’s job has just got tougher – Yergin

Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. oil historian, Daniel Yergin, said OPEC’s job of trying to prop up oil prices just got harder with the election of Trump.

Yergin told the media that the 14-country oil producing cartel may have to battle a sourer outlook for the global economy and weaker demand for crude.

He said: “Buckle up your seat belts for a more turbulent and uncertain global economy ahead.”

Yergin, who is also Vice Chairman of IHS Markit Think Tank, said “the outcome of the U.S. election has added to the challenges of oil exporters because it will lead to weaker economic growth in an already fragile global economy. And that means additional pressure on oil demand.”

Oil prices fell almost four per cent early, yesterday, but recovered slightly to trade at around $46 per barrel later in the day.

Stock market falls by N65 billion

Trump’s election appeared to have had immediate impact in Nigeria as transactions in the Nigerian Stock market declined further, with investors losing another N65bn at the close of trading, yesterday.

The development tallied with trading results from other advanced markets that reacted negatively to the results of the US presidential election.

Though the equities market has been on a downward trend in the past three weeks, some market operators argued that the losses were as a result of the outcome of the election.

At the end of trading session, the market capitalisation declined from N9.076 trillion to N9.011 trillion, representing 0.76 per cent decline.

Also, the All Share Index, ASI, slumped by 0.76 per cent to close at 26,173.69 from 26,364.27 points. Sectoral analysis showed that the Oil and Gas sector closed the day higher to top gainers’ chart with a gain of 0.1 per cent on account of price appreciation in Oando Plc, which returned 0.9 per cent. Conversely, the financial services sector trailed with a negative daily return of 2.5 per cent, on account of sell-offs in companies like Access Bank Plc, which fell by 4.6 per cent, Guaranty Trust Bank (-3.5 per cent) and Zenith International Bank Plc 2.8 per cent.. The consumer goods sector followed with a loss of 0.3 per cent underscored by profit-booking in PZ Cusson Plc which fell by 8.4 per cent, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc five per cent and Nascon Allied Industries Plc 4.9 per cent, while the industrial goods sector traded flat.

According to analysts at United Capital Plc, sentiment is expected to remain mixed in today’s trading session, “albeit with a bearish undertone as bullish triggers remain scarce.”

Source: Vanguard

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​Hard lessons from Trump’s victory

HAVING not been foretold even by the most credible pollsters, Donald Trump’s victory has upended every paradigm in global politics and as well left in its trail, hard lessons for political actors.

It is a triumph that would for a long time, pose as a reference point and model in political contests given its upsetting and recording making nature.

Whichever way it is viewed, the exercise has provided a new and different way to look at politics by reasserting that change remains the only constant certainty in politics, especially in developed democracies.

That this victory came even with the President-elect’s recognized shortcomings resonates salient questions whose answers could be found in Trump’s exploitation of the peculiar undercurrents that defined the historic election.

Examining this victory through the prism of Trump’s believed unelectable post-election status, showed that every political contest is purely a battle of ideas which could be won with tricks as exemplified by him.

Little wonder, DicK Stoken in his book:

The Great Game of Politic: Why We Elect Whom We Elect observed that it was germane to understand the force that can force the pendulum back toward the centre thereby resulting in the change of parties in power at the executive level.

Indeed, by turning out upsetting, Trump’s triumph exposed how risky it has become for a political system to be consumed by the realities of the moment when projecting the likely outcome of elections.

Though it had never been out of context to predict the future with today’s event, in Trump’s victory, it becomes risky to treat post-election prognosis as a reality in respective of the scope of its focus.

Interestingly, the development brings to mind, Robert Green’s nineteenth law of power where he cautioned thus: ‘’Never underestimate your opponent or think less of him. You never know the force of his blow when he comes in for an attack.”

Of course, the triumph which momentously defeated conventional and professional wisdom provides a lesson that every segment of the electorate most be prioritized in very political engagement.

That was self-evident from the demographic of those, who voted for the President-elect.

In all these, the hardest lesson remains that no matter what, the people take preeminence over the establishment when targeting the audience of political messages.

The people in this context are simply the ordinary men and women, who feel neglected by the system and the white working class, who craved for a paradigm-setting President.

Therefore, possessing the inalienable rights from which government derives its sovereignty as highlighted by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence makes it fatal to ignore the people’s significance in any democracy where their power had not been stolen.

On that strength, it would be agreed that by choosing Trump as the 45th President of the United States amid post-election resentment, Americans have reaffirmed that political legitimacy is still defined by the American people

Indeed, it seems difficult for the world to grapple with the reality of a Trump presidency, but it is a surprising fact Americans would live with within the next four years.

Perhaps, this immortal quote in Shakespeare’s play , Hamlet would provide solace.

‘’ When our deep plots do pall and that should teach us there’s a divinity that shapes our ends’’’

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​Buhari congratulates Trump, says he looks forward to working with him

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA-President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-Elect of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump on his victory at the polls.

The president also congratulated US citizens on the outcome of the election.

In a statement by the presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, president Buhari stated that he looked forward to working with Trump in many areas which included cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the United States presidential election.

“President Buhari also congratulates American citizens on the outcome of the election, which was keenly observed by all true lovers of democracy and those who believe in the will of the people.

“The President looks forward to working together with President-elect Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.

“As Mr Trump prepares to assume the position of the President of the United States, President Buhari extends his good wishes to him on the onerous task of leading the world’s strongest economy”, the statement stated.

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​Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB congratulates Trump

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday, said the United States of America, USA, will be great again under the Presidency of Donald Trump.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group congratulated the winner of US Presidential election, stressing that Trump’s victory was an act of God.

The statement reads, “The IPOB under the command structure of Mazi Nnamd Kanu the director of radio and Biafra television thank the good people of America and Republican party who challenged the incumbent president of Barack Obama and the democratic party to a stand still and defeated them to the landslide winning.

“Furthermore, we thank God Almigh who made it to be possible because if it is the wish of some power brokers and some party members in America, it will not be possible.

“Mr Donald Trump passed through so many trials and so many odds from the leadership of the party but God Almighty made it possible for him to become the president of United States of America USA, not man.

“However, he should also remember his promises to the people of America and other people across the globe because USA is going to be great again by the power of God Almighty who selected him from the mist of millions in America.

“Therefore, we wish him successful handover and best luck in his days in the oval office at the white house. We pray to God Almighty to guide and protect USA and Donald Trump the newly elected president. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND DONALD TRUMP.”

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​FG replies US, says no state in Nigeria’s unsafe

ABUJA—The Federal Government yesterday faulted recent claims by the US government that at least 20 states in the federation were not safe for its citizens.

The American government had in its recent travel advisory, cautioned its citizens not to travel to any of the 20 states, citing armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism, among others, as reasons for the advice.

But Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who dismissed the US government’s claim when he received a delegation from the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria in Abuja, said every state in the country was safe.

He said the advisory published by the U.S. Embassy was incorrect, urging the media to desist from propagating negative reports about the country.

Mohammed said such practice would discourage investors and was counter-productive to the country’s tourism growth.

He said: “We are in Nigeria. How can we believe the claim that 20 states in Nigeria are not safe.That is not correct. There is no state in Nigeria that is not safe today,” the minister said.

“Is there any week they are not killing people in the U.S., by either shooting in schools or driveways or people committing suicide or mass bombing? How many of these stories do their media celebrate?

‘’If they want to tell their people not to come to Nigeria, it is not for us to help them propagate it,” he said.

The minister urged the media and members of the association to complement efforts of government to reposition the tourism sector, pointing out that tourism was driven by perception, rather than reality, while every Nigerian must invest in perception management for the country.

Mohammed, who also urged leaders in the public and private sectors to help promote local tourism by spending their vacations and holidays at tourist sites within the country, said the ministry would soon embark on visitation of major tourism sites in the country to assess their potentialities for development.

National President of the association, Kabir Malan, who led the delegation, commended the minister for his efforts at repositioning the tourism sector.

He called for the review and implementation of the Tourism National Plan as well as the enactment of laws that would guide the operation of tourism practitioners.

Mr. Malan also urged the government to encourage investors to set up tourist camps across the country and make loans accessible to them.

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