2019: Donald Trump’s Unprecedented Victory Shatters Aso Rock

By Ikenga Chronicles November 10, 2016

2019: Donald Trump’s Unprecedented Victory Shatters Aso Rock

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee’s resounding victory has on Wednesday November 9 shocked the world and sent a strong signal to President Muhamamdu Buhari.

Trump, who is 70 years old, is the first person to be elected president without any political or military experience.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans” he said  to a crowd of his supporters at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan early Wednesday morning after his stunning victory over Democrat’s Hillary Clinton in the most bitter presidential election in modern memory.

Trump’s speech pledging to be only president to Americans, not the world has sent a strong signal to world leaders.

Trump’s victory came after a remarkable campaign that shattered many of the norms of American politics.

Recall that a strong Trump’s supporter and Republican Congressman Tom Marino, had during the campaign written a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. Thisday newspaper on 4th September 2016 captured the contents of that letter as follows:

“A member of the United States Congress, Tom Marino, has written a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking the US government to withhold security assistance to Nigeria until President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrates a ‘commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech’.

He also asked the State Department to refrain from selling warplanes and other military equipment to Nigeria until President Buhari establishes a track record of working towards inclusion.”

In a two-page letter dated September 1, 2016 and addressed to Kerry,the Republican from Pennsylvania who assumed office on January 3, 2011, said there were a number of warning signs emerging in the Buhari administration that signal “the man who once led Nigeria as a military dictator might be sliding towards former autocratic tendencies”.

The Congressman, who is a member of the Committees on the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, and the Chairman, Sub-committee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, said the Nigerian government must  be hold “accountable those members of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Military complicit in extra-judicial killings and war crimes”.

In the six-paragraph letter to Kerry, Marino also expressed concern over Nigeria’s anti-corruption war, saying “of additional concern is President Buhari’s selective anti-corruption drive, which has focused almost exclusively on members of the opposition party, over-looking corruption amongst some of Buhari’s closest advisors. Politicizing his anti-corruption efforts has only reinforced hostility among southerners”.

Meanwhile 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 on Wednesday 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. Akinyemi, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, said 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.”

“There has always been an ugly side to the U.S. just as there is with every country in the world but the good side in the U.S. has always prevailed so that in tackling American problems, the interests of the U.S. 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.”

The professor added that it would be difficult to predict Trump’s policies toward Nigerians or Africans in the Diaspora and the continent.

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