Nigerian Igbo’s misguided love for Trump, how limited understanding can affect our worldview – Perspectives by Simon Ateba, Washington

Some Igbo people in Nigeria due to extreme lack of exposure tend to support Donald Trump erroneously thinking he likes Igbo, Biafra or blacks. And so it was a big shock to them when Trump blocked the nomination of former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first African and first female head of the World Trade Organization.

President Trump 
President Trump

She is an extremely qualified Igbo indigene with global experience. Trump is also fighting the World Health Organization mainly because the head of the organization is black and from Ethiopia. He also wanted to remove Akinwumi Adesina, the head of the African Development Bank with a fake corruption investigation, even after the first investigation failed. Adesina also is black and from Nigeria.

Although Trump has overseen the worst coronavirus response in the entire world with 230,000 Americans dead, and more than 9.1 million others contracting the deadly virus, some of our Igbo friends claim he’s such a competent leader even though an American dies of COVID-19 every 107 seconds.

How can the United States be the worst in the entire world and some still believe the man in charge of the country is the best? That leaves me baffled with only one explanation – Lack of exposure and brutal propaganda.

These days, Trump calls coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’ even though he kept praising President Xi for the ‘great job’ he was doing. He also blamed the WHO for not giving him the right information, even though he granted almost 18 recorded interviews as far back as February, and was told as far back as January that the coronavirus was more deadlier than the common flu.

He had the information on tape, he says himself in the recording with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward that he is downplaying the coronavirus. He had the information but hid it from the public.

When many Americans began to die, he began to blame from China to the WHO.

In any case, viruses can come from anywhere. The Spanish Flu of 1918 came from Europe and killed more than 50 million people around the world. Ebola came from Africa, and experts warned this week that 850,000 viruses are in nature and may wreak havoc if we do not do the right thing.

In the past 48 hours, close to 2000 Americans have been killed by COVID-19 and almost 100,000 new cases were recorded on Friday, that’s in just one day.

If a disease kills a thousand people in your country each day, will you say such a leader is doing a great job? Will you say that, especially when only 42k Africans have died from the same disease in a continent of 1.3 billion people, a continent such a leader calls shit-hole? Will you? Lack of exposure is bad, but arrogance not to listen to informed opinion like this one, is even worse.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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