The Nigerian-American community in the U. S. was Wednesday putting a brave face on the result of the Tuesday presidential election in their adopted country, vowing to make the best out of the situation. Most of the Nigerian immigrant community had flocked towards the Democratic Party presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton on the worry that the anti-immigrant inclination of Donald Trump, the Republican winner would negative have an effect on the community. The Nigerian-American community was sixteen years ago reported to be about 5 million.
The majority of the Nigerian immigrant community had flocked towards the Democratic Party presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton on the fear that the anti-immigrant inclination of Donald Trump, the Republican winner would negative have an effect on the community. The Nigerian-American community was sixteen years ago according to be about 5 million.
Among those that spoke were officials and coordinators of the Nigerian Diaspora Union, NDU in the United States who on Election Day actively mobilized the community to vote.
The elections were observed by a team of Nigerians as well as officials of the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC led by its national chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, officials of the INEC Committee of the Senate and also the House of Representatives and elements of the civil society from Nigeria. Mr. Awal Ibrahim, executive director of the Civil Society Legislative and advocacy Centre (CISLAC) told Vanguard yesterday commended the quick reconciliation of the 2 major political parties to the Nigerian political category adding that problems that divide during an election must be put behind immediately after elections for the good of the country.
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Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, secretary general of the NDU, himself a lifelong Republican who, however, confessed voting for Clinton in line with the resolution of the NDU said yesterday:
“For the Nigerian community, we cannot say it’s a total loss. We are a very dynamic community in the U.S of America and no matter what happens we will find a way to embrace the change. It’s expected that in the Trump presidency, the Supreme Court would be composed of conservative judges who could in a way repeal the Homosexual marriage Act which conforms to our culture than what you have beneath Obama and what could have continued under a Clinton presidency had it come to be.
“Secondly, the problem of trade can go either way. a number of Nigerians in America could benefit in Donald Trump’s regime, but at the same time i’m worried that his protectionist policy may affect African country.”
Tayo Kubi who coordinated the move to bring Nigerian-Americans to vote in the Washington, Delaware and Baltimore areas on the east coast told Vanguard yesterday that democracy was the winner.
“The majority has spoken and this is America, the land of freedom and even the opposition candidate has conceded for peace to reign.
For Mr. Dom Njoku, he simply said “I told you earlier that Trump will win and i will pop champagne. Like I same before the election, virtually everybody is guilty of whatever they said Trump did. And very, unfortunately, the Black community has not gained anything significant under the Obama Presidency. So what do you expect? However, the people have spoken, and we have to move on”.
For Mr. Yomi Balogun, the loss of Edmund Hillary Clinton may hunt the blacks and alternative uncountable Americans that have twin citizenship.
He said, “Though the election has been won and lost however I’m afraid majority of African-Americans may suffer this loss putting in mind some of the things Trump stood for in this election. Though i feel a number of the blacks staying during this country while not valid documents are most affected.”
Mr. Ibrahim, (Rafsanjani) on his half represented the end result of an enormous lesson to Nigerian and African politicians that it’s a game that one should win.
“If you have got the interest of your country and also the folks in spite of appearance it’ll not interest you United Nations agency wins, you may have to be compelled to work along to sustain the country, not just like the method we tend to see some folks doing in an African country and incontinent.
“It is concerning the state, and also the folks have done the election, it’s come back, and it’s gone and what’s necessary is that they’re putting heads along to safeguard the interest of their country. This can be a lesson that each Nigerian politician ought to learn; they must learn to figure along whether or not they win or lose AN election.”
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