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Ahead of the United States election scheduled
for November 8, 2016, Nigeria has shown
support for Hillary Clinton against her closest
challenger Donald Trump.
This is going by a statement made by Nigeria’s
foreign affairs minister in Enugu, Mr. Geoffrey
Onyeama, who had declared before a gathering
of his party, the All Progressives Congress,
APC, that “in less than two weeks, a woman,
Hillary Clinton will win election as the President
of the United States.”
The minister, who was talking specifically to
APC women wing, who had presented him with
a gift, was certain of Clinton’s victory in the
At the same venue, Onyeama, while speaking
with journalists, justified the refusal of the
Federal Government to support the on-going
agitation for self determination by some pro-
Biafraa groups.
The event was stakeholders/caucus meeting of
the Enugu State chapter of the APC.
He said it was wrong to compare the
Palestinian case with that of Biafra.
While noting that the case of Palestinian was
already a matter before the United Nations, he
advised those agitating for “Republic of Biafra”
to follow laid down constitutional and Diplomatic
processes, rather than engaging in uncivilised
He said though it was their fundamental rights
to clamour for Biafra, “but they should be
rational and not emotional in going about it”.
The minister urged those spearheading the
breakaway project to critically look at the rules
governing secession.
Onyeama further declared that those leading
the agitation “are not speaking for Ndigbo, as
they do not have the mandate of the Igbo race
to do so.
“I have called so many Igbo leaders and spoken
to them about these issues and all of them
have made it clear that they are not with the
“So, where did they derive their mandate? You
cannot just wake up and claim to be
representing the entire Igbo people.”
He, however, called on Nigerians, particularly
those of the South-East extraction, to keep
supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari
led APC government, stressing that the
administration had the capacity to tackle the
present challenges facing the nation.
According to him, the administration had put
necessary mechanism in place aimed at
addressing the present economic recession
confronting the country.
In his remarks, convener of the meeting and
Enugu state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben
Nwoye, had assured the national leadership of
the APC that the state chapter was highly
committed to wrestling power from the Peoples
Democratic Party PDP, come 2019 in Enugu
He said existing political structures were
currently been oiled and strengthened at all
levels in the state, calling on true democrats
and progressives to embrace the party so as to
enthrone a better Enugu state in the next
political dispensation.
Nwoye, also appealed to Nigerians to exercise
some patience with Buhari led federal
government, as it makes frantic efforts towards
stabilising the current dwindling Nigerian
economy occasioned by some anti human and
economic policies of the past PDP led
Present at the meeting were the Special
Adviser to president Buhari on judiciary
Reforms, Barr. (Mrs) Juliet Ibekaku,
Ambassador Designate from the state, Major
General Chris Eze, (Rtd),
Members of the state working committee,
amongst others.

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