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Trump’s “Shithole” comment: Nigeria summons US Ambassador to Nigeria; South Africa demands explanation

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It is no longer news that United States President, Donald Trump, referred to all of Africa, alongside Haiti and other black nations as “shitholes” countries. Since then, statements criticizing him have been rolling in from international communiques.

Donald Trump Shithole

Donald Trump Shithole

Breaking its silence, the Nigerian Federal government has summoned the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington to explain the remarks made by Trump who isn’t new to courting contriversies.

The spokesman of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Elias-Fatile, in a text message sent to reporters covering the Ministry, said the US envoy is to meet Nigeria’s Foreign ministry officials today Monday January 15th. No time was given for the meeting.

Stuart Symington and Tope Elias-Fatile

Stuart Symington and Tope Elias-Fatile

South Africa, Botswana and AU’s reaction

Following the remarks, the African Union expressed “shock, dismay, and outrage.” Botswana asked for a clarification and called his comment “reprehensible and racist.” South Africa has also joined in the chorus.

An official statement from the country’s department of foreign relations calls the comment “crude and offensive,” and demands an explanation. The country is further expected to issue an official diplomatic protest to the American embassy there, according to CNN.

US Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington

South Africa and Nigeria’s involvement is a sign that even large countries with more diplomatic weight, and more at stake with their US relations, are finding it hard to give Trump a free pass. Botswana’s courage is admirable, but it is a smaller nation (at least in terms of population).

South Africa is the third-largest economy in Africa, the fifth-largest in terms of population, and a close ally of the United States.

What are your thoughts on the reactions against Trump’s racial statement?

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