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Nigeria Excluded From 2013 Africa’s Democracy Summit; US Invites 4 African Presidents To The White House

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March 20, 2013 – Nigeria Excluded From Africa’s democracy Summit; Obama Invites 4 African Presidents To The White House

In a subtle move to further register its displeasure over the recent pardon granted embattled former Bayelsa State Governor, D.S.P Alamieyeseigha, the United States (U.S.) has excluded Nigeria from a planned summit between President Barack Obama and some African leaders on how to strengthen democratic institutions in the continent.

The presidents of four select countries from Africa, including three from West African were invited to the parley scheduled for the White House next week.

According to a statement signed on Monday by White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, President Obama has invited the presidents of Sierra Leone, Malawi, Senegal and Cape Verde to join him next week Thursday for the summit.

The statement from the White House Press Secretary said, “President Obama looks forward to welcoming President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde to the White House on Thursday, March 28.

The statement added: “The U.S. has strong partnerships with these countries based on shared democratic values and shared interests.”

Disclosing the purpose of the multilateral presidential summit, Obama’s spokesman added that “the five leaders will discuss strengthening democratic institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, and building on Africa’s democratic progress to generate increased economic opportunities and expanded trade and investment. “

It concluded that “The visit of these four leaders underscores the strategic importance the President places on building partnerships and substantive engagement with sub-Saharan Africa, and our commitment to working with strong and emerging African democracies.”

Coming soon after the U.S. expressed its reservations over the pardon granted Alamieyeseigha, observers of U.S. government affairs say the exclusion of President Goodluck Jonathan from the meeting is a further display of White House disapproval of the controversial pardon.

Going by Nigeria’s leadership role in the continent, especially in the West African sub-region, the exclusion is believed to be too significant to be mere happen-stance.

Last week the U.S. State Department formally expressed the American government’s concern that the controversial pardon was a major setback for Nigeria’s anti-corruption efforts.

U.S. sources also indicated over the past weekend that plans to have Obama visit Nigeria in his second term may now be shelved also as a result of the pardon, as the U.S. President is expected to clearly distance himself from such a decision.

Although Obama has only invited four African presidents and Nigeria’s president is not the only one left out, but U.S. sources insist that by the nature of Nigeria’s leadership role in the continent, and especially in West Africa, the exclusion of Jonathan may have been well calculated.

The Guardian yesterday asked U.S. government official sources to explain the criteria for the selection, and Nigeria’s exclusion, but no response was received as at press time.

[Source: The Guardian]




    March 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    it a very nice move from the white house.I hope that idiot will learn from his stupidity.

  2. mia shu

    March 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    What about cameroon president? he need to learn about democracy too please

  3. Armstrong Adikwu

    March 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I am very disapointed

  4. Chimezie Anagwaonye

    March 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Wat obama did was d ryt tin by excludin nigeria 4rm partakin 4rm d democracy summit… He went nd pardoned somebodi dat d u.s governments almost killed 4 indulgin himself in2 moni laundering,so if i were in his shoes,i wil do wat he did bcuz he was not hpy 4 wat goodluck did… He jst did ds act bcuz they were 4rm d same place.

  5. Paul

    March 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The prediction that Nigeria will become the giant of Africa has not and will not materialise unless we change our ways. It’s almost as if corruption and penchance for cutting our own noses to spite our own faces is in our blood.

  6. Nkv

    March 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    You guys are unbelievable, it is time we have faith in our country. What will we need that summit for, we should have nothing to do with a man who is bend to destory his own nation pretending he mean well. China is richer than US we don’t him beside our president is a human being we should learn to put ourselves in his shoes.did boko haram let this man have peace of mind.i have a lot to say but i have to say this we should learn to be considerate.ok

  7. rasheed gariba

    March 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Obama shld give africans a break, he came to office with de slogan of change in de policies of Bush, but what do we see his unconditional support to Israel, defending state terrorism, injustice and oppression and defending de massacare of 1000’s of palestinians men n women. de U.S must first transform itself b4 doing dat 2 Africans

  8. Ayeni Dayo

    March 21, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Intrestin, they shld tel Badlock jonathan to use his head.

  9. Yvonne

    March 23, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Nigerians tink before u talk, wat do u expect an Illuminati President like Obama will invite our dear president for? Obama know’s too well dat jhonatan will disagree wit watever he has to say cos light and darckness can never meet

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