Trump’s Shithole rhetoric underscores African Leaders’ lack of Commonsense

By Dominic (Big-D) Ikeogu

“I challenge my Nigerian brethren to a self-renovation of  individually, becoming the change we want. In a democratic culture, we have the right to protest and demand a better government worthy of what we deserve. But it is absurd to elect irresponsible leaders to office and turn around to blame those who rightly identify our self-destructive mindset.”

I have something very common with President Trump. We both say it as it is without sentiments of how individuals react to the reality of commonsense. And now, it is clear that all my articles, thoughts, and reflections about Africa and her total lack of commonsense, finally are vindicated.

Some participants in a meeting Trump held with lawmakers said the president questioned during a discussion of immigration why the United States was accepting people from “shithole countries,” such as nations in Africa, instead of getting more people from places like Norway. The reaction was fierce, with several African countries summoning U.S. envoys to explain the comment and African ambassadors to the United States demanding an apology.

But in my opinion, Mr. Trump’s remark, and the article he was alleged to have written about African’s and Arabs without doubt, underscores the total failure of African leaders to live up to their responsibilities in governance. All along, I knew and have always maintained that Africa and their leaders lack commonsense, and are worse than descendants of SHITHOLE; and indeed, there are no doubts about these assertion.

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they could from lack of bread. In Africa especially Nigeria, citizens have been pitifully electing ‘SHITHOLES’ as their leaders, representative in governments, and other civic entities; and we could go through the list. Take Nigeria for example, which trotted from Obasingo (twice) to Abacha, through Babaginda – plus Jonathan. Then they capped up their self-destructive atrocities by electing twice, their current President – Buhari.

Please you must not forget that I am not a fan of Donald Trump, but as a realist and a trained economist, I have always aligned with the philosophy that when a Man looks at you in the eyes and gives you a dose of commonsense, you must listen, reflect, and accept the facts. Commonsense has no opposition, hence, the facts remains an inevitable concepts of livelihood.

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they could from lack of bread. In Africa especially Nigeria, citizens have been pitifully electing ‘SHITHOLES’ as their leaders, representative in governments, and other civic entities; and we could go through the list. Take Nigeria for example, which trotted from Obasingo (twice) to Abacha, through Babaginda – plus Jonathan. Then they capped up their self-destructive atrocities by electing twice, their current President – Buhari.

If I may ask, who elected all of this Leaders? Aliens? In leadership, high expectations are the key to effective delivery. And if I may respectfully ask again, does any of these so called leaders have high expectations of themselves? And if so, what is their outstanding achievements in a country they have taken turns in ruling and perhaps destroying? Could somebody tell me any characteristic these Leaders have in common besides utter failure in their responsibilities to fundamentally govern? Similarly, they created poverty for their constituents, looted the national treasury, led without any economic blue print and worse, ruined their constituents without any measurable vision for the future.

As I conclude my reflections of Trump’s utter “shithole” truth, I challenge my Nigerian brethren to a self-renovation of  individually, becoming the change we want. In a democratic culture, we have the right to protest and demand a better government worthy of what we deserve. But it is absurd to elect irresponsible leaders to office and turn around to blame those who rightly identify our self-destructive mindset. Enough is enough, and also, in case we still do not know this, Trump is right.

♦ Ikeogu (Big D), an economist, writes from Minnesota

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