‘shithole’ comment derogatory, Presidency Tells Trump

The Federal Government has said Nigeria is not happy by comments describing Africa, of which Nigeria is an important part, in derogatory terms.

US President Donald Trump was reported to have described Africa as a ‘shithole’ last week. But the Nigerian government Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the comment, saying it is derogatory.

“We are not happy by comments from some parts of the world, describing Africa, of which Nigeria is an important part, in derogatory terms’’, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science and technology, said at a press briefing in Abuja Tuesday.

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The minister of science and technology, Dr Onu said though Africa has its problems, it is not beyond redemption and no country’s officials should deride it.

He said the Federal Government was intensifying efforts to make the country produce many of the things its citizens need.

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“We are more than convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that if we effectively deploy science and technology to harness the enormous resources made available to us by nature, people in Europe will be the ones to struggle to come to us. We have what it takes to achieve this’’, the minister said.

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