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“Why Trump  Must  Change  His  Approach”




By  Arowona Abdulazeez, Ilorin

An international affairs expert, Professor Charles Dokubo has predicted that the United States President, Donald Trump may be impeached unless he changes his approaches to American ideals.

Dokubo spoke at roundtable organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin on contemporary Nigeria-US relations, saying that President Trump must change if he must last three years in office.

ROYAL NEWS on Saturday reports that Prof. Dokubo, who is of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos said American is blessed with strong institutions which could condition American leaders to respect the norms.

He urged the United States President to understand that election rhetorics do not translate to realities, hoping that the American system would calm the President down in taking decisions that could harm the country.

Dokubo whose presentation was titled: “The Phenomenon of Donald Trump in America” recalled that the President ability to work on the sensibility of Americans on immigration issue earned him victory during the poll.

He maintained that mutuality of interest would enable the US to work with Nigeria, noting that President Trump would work with Nigeria despite his election rhetorics.

Dokubo charged African leaders to put their houses in order through provision of critical infrastructure to reduce the trend of  Africans seeking greener pastures abroad.

Also speaking, Professor Hassan Saliu of Political Science Department, University of Ilorin said whatever President Donald Trump does in Nigeria-US relations would amount to affirmation of US long time unfavourable relationship with Nigeria.

Saliu who spoke on “Why Nigeria has not benefited significantly from her relations with the USA called on Nigerian leaders to revitalise and restrategise on her relations with the US.

He also stressed the need for Nigeria to address its domestic challenges if it must command respect in the international community.

Saliu maintained that Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives are obsolete and called for robust research funding in fine-tuning the objectives with a view to making Nigeria takes it rightful position in the comity of nations.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion , Professor Bisi Adedayo described the roundtable as academic ritual of the department in contributing to the development of the society.

Earlier in his address, the Acting Head of the Department, Dr. Abdulrasheed Muhammad had explained that the roundtable was organised to learn more about burning issues affecting Nigeria and Africa in the international community.

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