Nigeria’s government has said that the recent statement by United States President Donald Trump, if true, calling African countries ‘shithole’ is deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable.
The reaction was conveyed to the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington by the Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Symington who was out of Nigeria, was represented by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America, Ambassador David Young.
Trump is widely reported to have referred to African, central American and Caribbean countries as shitholes during a White House meeting on immigration reform last week Thursday.
He reacted to the harvest of tirades and anger afoot the outrageous comment and said he never used the said word, but deployed ‘tough words’ in his comment on Monday.
71 years old Trump specifically referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as shithole countries.
Following myriads of international reactions which included the United Nations and African Union, Trump said he is not racist and would not have made such comment.
But opposition senator, Dick Durbin, told reporters that Trump said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.
The Democrat from Illinois, said: “But I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”
A four paragraph statement made available in Abuja by the spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Ade Elias-Fatile, the Nigerian government sought clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks.
The government stressed that if they were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable, especially given the very warm and cordial relations that presently exists between the United States and Nigeria.
Young however said there were contradicting accounts by those present at the meeting as to the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, today, summoned the US Ambassador to Nigeria to clarify issues regarding the remarks credited to the US President, Mr. Donald Trump, in which he was widely quoted in media reports as referring to African countries as “shithole countries” and which he denied.