• Nnamdi Kanu maintans ‘Buhari is dead’
United States President Joe Biden placed a call to African leaders last week, and clearly chose not to speak to Nigeria’s President Buhari, an omission experts say shows not only America’s diplomatic stance but Nigeria’s estimation at a time the continent’s largest democracy faces staggering domestic problems.
Mr Biden reached out to Africa on Thursday after more than a month in office and made phone calls to American allies around the world.
He spoke to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, while Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.
Mr Biden had earlier spoken to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in November 2020, days after his election.
The obvious omission of Nigeria, long seen as an influential regional leader, has not gone unnoticed.
“It’s an indication that the United States government doesn’t think too much about our performance as a country right now. It’s as simple as that,” said Jide Osuntokun, professor of History and International Relations at the Osun State-based Redeemer University.
“Many governments outside Nigeria are worried about the future of our country. So it’s an indication that you have to do something or the world will pass you by.”
Many global leaders traditionally view engagements with their American counterparts, either through telephone calls or visits, as a gauge of their countries’ strategic interests with respect to the foreign policies of the world’s most powerful nation. They also pay attention to the timing of those interactions.
Former President Barack Obama called 22 world leaders in four days after his election in 2008, while President Donald Trump called 20 within seven days of his election in 2016.
However, Nnamdi kanu reacting to the America’s obvious neglect maintained that buhari is dead and even asked for the whereabouts of the first lady Aisha Buhari
“No sensible person can place a call to the dead, you can only have a phone conversation with the living. Unfortunately Nigerians have repeatedly failed to grasp this fact, but events such as this will continue to expose them.
“By the way where is Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and who can tell me the last time Professor Yemi Osinbajo performed the duties of a vice president?”
Ifesinachi Nnabugwu reporting, Obinwannem News