Herdsmen Killings: Trump’s Stance On Nigerian Christians
Nigeria News takes a look at the President Buhari’s visit to White House and President Trump’s blunt statement on killings of Christians in Nigeria.
Most times, the best way to solve problems is to own up and say the truth no matter whose ox is gored. That was what US President, Donald Trump did on Monday when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
He told Buhari that the killing of Christians in Nigeria by herdsmen was not acceptable and that the US government would assist Nigeria to stop it.
He also condemned the burning of churches in the northern part of Nigeria, which the US government would not fold its arms and watch. Trump made a diplomatic statement to drive home the US foreign policy against terrorism in any form.
Perhaps if a Nigerian politician or church leader had made such statement, he would have been tagged a wailer and nailed to the cross by the Federal Government whose Vice President is a pastor and professor at law, Yemi Osinbajo.
A few days ago at the inauguration of a facility by the Deeper Christian Bible Church, Osinbajo had said that Christians were being persecuted across the country but that they should not stop loving those who were persecuting them.
The vice president is an advocate of peace and justice, he lacks the gut to speak the truth when it matters most. To him, the killings are being politicized as there are Christians who also kill members of other religions, including the Islam.
Twice, two great Americans have spoken about the situation in Nigeria and I think they have spoken the minds of many who believe that ethnic cleansing is going on in Nigeria and must be stopped by the Buhari-led government.
The founder of Microsoft, Mr Bill Gates was in the country sometime when he told Buhari to redirect his economic policies, adding that the current policies do not address the immediate needs of the citizens.
He also advised the government to spend more on education and health. To Gates, the government should not be funding the capital project to the detriment of human development.
I want to believe that Gates and Trump are not new wailers in Nigeria political context. They have said the truth, nothing but the truth, which has eluded Nigeria over a long time.
Not that there are no prominent Nigerians that had called Buhari to order, these set of Nigerians have been tagged the wailers. Some of them have kept quiet since then and for those who are persistent in criticizing the government, they may soon shut their mouths with some corrupt allegations.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma and Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka are among prominent Nigerians that had made noise against ethnic cleansing in Benue, Taraba and part of Zamfara, they are the new wailers in town.
What Trump wants the world to hear is the Christians’ persecution in Nigeria and he said it before a closed-door meeting with Buhari that the US government would not tolerate such.
He commended Buhari’s anti-corruption policies, which to him had helped the present administration in curbing corrupt practices. Trump sees that Nigeria could be helped under Buhari but Nigerian Government must help herself. The country must stop the killer herdsmen now.