Saturday, 14 January 2017

Nigerian Government Speaks On Threats By Trump To Deport Citizens

Nigerian government on Friday described the campaign statements and posturing of United States of America President-Elect, Donald Trump as “disturbing”.

The fear was raised by Permanent Secretary Minsitry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye.

Enikanolaiye spoke at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja, where he represented the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama in a paper presentation titled: “Nigerian Foreign Policy: An Evaluation.”

He noted that the Ministry recently held a retreat to raise awareness and strategies on Nigerian and United States of America relations under the Presidency of Donald Trump.

The official pointed out that Trump’s anti-migration comments and United States initiatives and supports on HIV/AIDS programs in Nigeria were discussed.

Enikanolaiye said the Ministry also deliberated on whether The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) may be in jeopardy under the Trump presidency of the United States of America.

He disclosed that Nigeria was working to strengthen ties with Russia, recalling that the Russian government came to the aid of Nigeria with the supply of military equipment to fight insurgents.

On Nigeria’s backing of the One China policy, he said it was “because of our own national interest in support of the territorial integrity of countries.
“Recognition for breakaway nations may encourage agitators and entities who seek to carve out of sovereign countries.”
He confirmed that Nigeria had asked the Taiwanese trade office in Abuja to relocate to Lagos, and continue their trade away from political institutions in Abuja.

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