It’s nearly decision time in the United States and whether we like to admit it or not, that means it’s decision time for the rest of the world.
Nigerian reporter, one of my favourite internet hiding places shares its thoughts on how the campaigns and results could affect Nigeria.
The transition of democracy in Nigeria has brought about an improved bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America. The US has continued to support and rebuke the Nigerian government when necessary, as Nigeria consistently remains a pro-American nation.
According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 77% of Nigerians approve of U.S. leadership, with 9% disapproving and 14% uncertain, and according to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 59% of Nigerians view U.S. influence positively, with 29% expressing a negative view. According to a 2014 Global Opinion Poll, 69% of Nigerians view the U.S. favorably. An estimated one million Nigerians and Nigerian-Americans live, study, and work in the United States, while over 25,000 Americans live and work in Nigeria.
This report shows how important the Nigeria-U.S. relationship is, as Americans decide the start of a new political era.
"Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are hoping to occupy the oval office as the 45th President of the United states after the November polls. Each presidential candidate continues to plead his/her course during rallies, debates and conventions. Over the past few months they have shook hands, held babies, and been asked what is best for America moving forward. One of the most contended issues is how they intend to strengthen foreign relationships. Nigeria remains a close ally of the U.S., hence it is important to know whose policy would best favor our country.
Donald Trump, as a political figure, is a man who seems restive. The Republican presidential nominee has been so open with his immigration plans. He has promised to build walls to shut out immigrants, promised to create a deportation force, and he plans to re-negotiate trade deals and security aids to less privileged countries, he even threatened to deport Nigerians during a speech in Wichita, Kansas.
Hillary Clinton on the other hand seem to be Nigerians’ favorite, although not every Nigerian agrees. She has been in the political spotlight for decades hence, she’s believed to be a steady and safe hand in the White House. However, following the recent allegation from the Republican party about her inaction towards the Boko Haram crises leading to the kidnapping of school girls in northern Nigeria, many Nigerians have become skeptical about her presidency.
As Americans decide who will be occupying the White House for the next four years, Nigerians hope that their choice of president favors Nigeria and the international community at large."