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We’ll Welcome U.S-based Nigerians if they Come Under Extreme Pressure from Trump’s Presidency – Audu Ogbeh

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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh has said that Nigeria will welcome its citizens from the U.S should they come under extreme pressure from Donald Trump‘s presidency.

He made this known on Wednesday while speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.

“I’m in a bit of shock, but we’re witnessing some very dramatic changes in the world, and I think some of these things began many years ago.

The current economic theory ravaging the world is now reaching the poor and the ordinary people. It’s causing a lot of stress.

Brexit happened, America has done this now. Many other countries are going to have near extremism ruling the minds of people.

The rest of the world will have to then carefully watch and see the impact first. He made comments about Nigerians when he was campaigning that they had stolen money, they should go back to their country and live.

He has a very low opinion of the blacks and Hispanics. We hope he’ll become a president for all, including Nigerians.

But if he doesn’t, it means we’ll have to re-tune and re-tool our foreign policy to begin to find a situation where we may have to be welcoming some of our people if they come under extreme pressure. We hope it doesn’t happen.

Trump himself is one of those capitalists who have managed to exploit the system, but have now turned around to bring down that system

I do hope that he can manage the US without falling into the trap he thinks he has freed the others from. Because eventually when he gets to Washington and begins to feel the pressure of the White House, he may not be as calm as he was this morning when he was accepting the victory, I can assure you. These jobs exert a lot of pressure,” he said.

Credit: TheCable

47 Comments

  1. Pat

    November 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    “Because eventually when he gets to Washington and begins to feel the pressure of the White House, he may not be as calm as he was this morning when he was accepting the victory” Spot on!

    • Ola

      November 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      May God give our government officials wisdom. Their comments are sometimes embarrassing. Have you provided enough resources for your current citizens? Can you handle the current situation in the country? etc but you want more people to come. What you don’t understand is this; some Nigerians in diaspora are the ones boosting the economy back home. When a US based Nigerian doctor pumps the money he has earned over the years into establishing a hospital in Nigeria, where do you think he got the money from. Please don’t say what is not right I beg. You have not settled those based in Niger, you want more people to come over. Do you know the number of Nigerians in the US? and which law states that everyone must stay in their country of birth. There are Americans in other parts of the planet also.

    • nnenne

      November 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Ola my dear, you read my mind!
      Worry about citizens in Nigeria without jobs for. Dunkey years first !

      If these people come back you won’t hired them based on STATE OF ORIGIN again ?
      You forget why most of them left in the first place?
      Why the facination on Nigerians comings back?
      FYI most Nigerians in the USA would rather lift arms for the USA than Nigeria.
      Now go back, be true to yourself , review oligarchy, marginalization and stifling of citizens potentials!!

    • Kemi

      November 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Have you properly welcomed them at the embassies in New York and Atlanta. Places where Nigerians don’t even want to go. Have you considered the fact that you would have had casualties of different ages if not for those Nigerians in diaspora who send money home to their parents, uncles, aunties, friends etc. You have not managed the economy properly. Everyone wants stability. When I was young, my grandmother hired a Caucasian nurse. Yes they were many in Nigeria in the 70’s and 80’s too because of our economy. Human beings will be human beings Nigerians or not. People gravitate towards good economy I have seen sarcastic comment from those living in Nigeria regarding how horrible it will be if those who have lived in America go back to suffer. Don’t give the International community the impression that you are ready for them because you are not. Current citizens are struggling to get good jobs after studying in Uni. Let’s even assume you give Nigerians in diaspora jobs, what will happen to those who have been there struggling. The situation will be worse and things will fall apart. Better let them stay in America jeje.

  2. Mr.A

    November 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I’m disappointed in the comments made by Audu Ogbeh and Madam Aisha Alhassan. First of all, you are ministers, not President of the country, to be making your personal opinions known so openly,more so as the country in question is, at the moment, of great importance to our country. Secondly, the comment Donald Trump was alleged to have made about Nigerians was false, he never made such comments and the mere fact that a high level government official doesn’t know that shows the quality of the individuals currently ruling Nigeria. Yes, true that the man, Donald trump, is despicable. I could write a much longer epistle on why these comments in particular of Audu Ogbeh are so profoundly unintelligent. But I’ll stop here. MORE IMPORTANTLY please Oga minister, you seem to know a lot about America, its problems and maybe it’s solutions, it’s been about 1 YEAR since you were appointed Min. Of Agriculture, what have you done? Let Nigerians answer. It is my prayer that the anger that might have contributed to Donald Trumps victory, will find a place in the heart of Nigerians, grow and blossom, so the people of Nigeria can take back their country from these morons. Amen!

    • Honestina

      November 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Amen

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      “Secondly, the comment Donald Trump was alleged to have made about Nigerians was false, he never made such comments and the mere fact that a high level government official doesn’t know that shows the quality of the individuals currently ruling Nigeria”
      THIS.

    • James

      November 10, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      You are defending a man who called Mexicans scum and would build a wall to keep illegal Mexicans from entering the United States and make their government pay for it. He also said he would bar all Moslems from entering the United States. Why does it sound so far fetched to you to hear he said similar things about Nigerians? Are you his image maker? You have a lot of work to do. And you’re the one that needs to get their story right.

  3. Benson Ossai

    November 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Really?Seriously this APC guys should better up their game.I am yet to feel sweet change.What i feel right now is bitter change.The economy is really in a mess.Do you guys have plans for the returnees?If after 4years of this administration there is no improve standard of living of Nigerians and improvement in public goods it will be shame to APC.Nigeria politicians are bunch of liars.We have the resources to make Nigeria like America but our leaders have corruptly stolen every thing.,stashed some of our resources in foreign countries and when they died those countries in some cases use those resources to develop their place that is why we are backward in Nigeria after 50 plus of independence and backward in Africa.I pray Buhari get it right before he leaves if not we are doom.

  4. TeeS

    November 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Nigerians are so quick to jump the gun
    Nigga chill!!
    We aren’t gonna live our jobs and lives that we’ve built at the first sign of trouble .
    We have learned something that Nigeria didn’t teach us. We’ve become Americans, through the good and the bad, we will stand through the tough times and through whatever opposition. If trump is as bad as he is, it’ll be a tough 4-8 years. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Ola

      November 10, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Nigga, guess calling u that makes u feel cool about it) you can make your comment without using the term your slave masters taught u which he has sucessfully programmed your head to feel a certain way about yourself. Tommorrow u will be shouting equality, respect for one another or Black Live Matter when u are deeply insecure in yourself based on your choies.

    • TeeS

      November 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Oh! Ola there’s a difference between nigga and “nigger”
      and if you’re black and you live in the US. Pls tell me you’ve never said that “nigga ain’t shit” “sup nigga” to your African American friends. Y’all just be reaching. ! Chill out

    • meninnist

      November 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Nigga shut your mouth. America didn’t teach us anything. All I know is I’ll be in yankee getting rich and stashing money in naija the honest way or the crooked way. If Donald Trump can lie steal cheat, and still win presidential election. So can I !

      Trump an american citizen with foreign wife and secret foreign bank accounts billionaire and president. I must be a millionaire in this country by force and by fire before relocating back to naija. I must suck this country dryyyyy.

  5. Suga

    November 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Like you have a choice not to allow someone not to return to his own country when ever he wishes … Please look for something else to say abeg. This administration is so annoying, I’m yet to find any of them smart and intelligent. Mtsheeew

  6. Ej

    November 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    This is witch craft u guys are already waiting for them chio, chill they ain’t coming

  7. A Real Nigerian

    November 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    “He made comments about Nigerians when he was campaigning that they had stolen money, they should go back to their country and live.”
    Jesus. Surely, everyone knows all that shxt was fabricated and a hoax?? He never said anything like that? Why do people think he’d even say such a thing about a country he barely knows in the first place? Damn. Nigerians. And this is a minister…

    • James

      November 10, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      How do you know he didn’t say it? Were you his campaign manager? The man said so many things that are unprintable that in the last days leading to the election, his campaign staff had to take away his twitter rights so he doesn’t say more that would sink his campaign. I’ve followed Donald Trump’s professional life for years and I won’t doubt anything that is attributed to him. He is the ugly American.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I know he didn’t say it because I did research and I don’t let my emotions cloud my judgment, unlike a certain James I know.

    • The Bull

      November 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

      if he said that it would be all over the news. You will be able to find that quote with a simple google search from a credible source.

  8. A

    November 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    What silly talk is this? You will accept them like this isn’t their Country afterall. Did they tell you they don’t come back here often? Or that they are alien to Nigeria?Why can’t one choose to reside anywhere they want? What makes it mandatory to reside in your Country? Nigerians and always making issues out of nothing. I keep laughing when I hear all the rubbish talk about Trump sending people home and people in panic mode. He is President doesn’t mean he has the sole power to just pass any law or make a decree and that’s it. All that was just mouth making which has only succeeded in deepening hate. That Country is an Institution. There is the Senate,there is the Congress,there is even the general public of which Hillary Clinton actually won their votes. If their funny electoral system which at the end of the day chooses their President and Vice President based on the Electoral College had been scrapped years ago as it came up in the Senate and House, Trump won’t be the winner. At the end of the day the 538 total Electorals that comprise the Electoral College are actually the people that choose. The Country is confused. Why ask citizens to vote if at the end of the day their votes actually don’t count and isn’t used? What is the aim? I read a story today of a lady who went to vote and her name was already keyed in as someone that had voted and voted for the Republican Party when she said she is Democrat. Which means there was rigging and he had the audacity to cry about rigging first.The minorities are just bothered for their safety. Stories have already started springing forth of racist acts that individuals had never experienced in their lives before he won. The Muslim lady in Walmart who had a white lady come up to her and rip her headscarf telling her it’s no longer allowed and she should use it to hang herself, the Black lady who went to pump gas and had four Caucasian guys jump out bragging how they can’t wait for Blacks to be kicked out and they aren’t worth air. Harrassing her,outrightly calling her nigger and telling her they would have killed her right there if there were no witnesses(all the while she kept mum). This is a human being, a mother of three. The protest is already showing a new America. Nigerians should stop jumping the gun.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      “The Country is confused. Why ask citizens to vote if at the end of the day their votes actually don’t count and isn’t used?”
      LOL! You don’t understand how the system works. People vote because having the majority vote in a state means you take all the electorate votes.

    • A

      November 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      My dear go and study the electoral system of the United States of America,when you are through then come talk to me. I didn’t make my comment because i’m ignorant of their system. Even Trump being afraid of it, thinking he will be more favoured by the vote of the people, moved for the Electoral College to be scrapped, stating his hatred for it.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      I don’t need to study what I have already known for many years. The vote of the citizens actually do count. If a candidate wins the popular vote of a state, that candidate takes ALL the electorate votes (this is true in all but 2 of the states. Maine and another one I can’t remember right now). If you win Texas’ popular vote, you get all 38 (or is it 39?) electorate votes. If you win the popular vote for California, you win all 55 electorate votes. Clinton won the popular vote because she completely ran riot in California. California is more populous than Texas – which Trump won – by about 10 million people. I don’t exactly know the numbers of people that voted per state, but you get the idea don’t you?
      And why was Trump scared of it? He thought he’d lose Florida and Pennsylvania. And he thought more people would come out to vote if it was a simple majority wins system – something that would actually have favoured him a bit. In the end, what he was scared of actually ended up favouring him because people didn’t like Clinton and she didn’t do as well as she was expected to with the latinos, the women and the white college degree holders.
      TL;DR: The votes do count and you are wrong.

    • A

      November 11, 2016 at 7:35 am

      “Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead they choose “electors”, who usually PLEDGE to vote for PARTICULAR candidates. The Twelfth Amendment, in specifying how a president and vice president are elected, requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president. On five occasions, most recently in the 2016 presidential election, the Electoral College system has resulted in the selection of electors with a majority pledged to a candidate who did not receive the most popular votes in the election.” So please educate me again on what you said you’ve know for years. How a candidate’s win of the popular vote in a State directly translates to an elector choosing him or her? Why the citizens know this and are protesting as to the reason why Trump won when Clinton clearly won the popular votes period?Why are they lamenting individually that their votes didn’t count,they didn’t vote for him,the Electoral College did? Enlighten me.

  9. A

    November 10, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Dec 19th, the Electoral College has said it will reconvene to choose btw Clinton and Trump, citing the current unrest of the Citizens.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 10, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      They always meet to cast the PLEDGED ballots. Nobody is citing anything. Stop believing in far-fetched conspiracies.

    • A

      November 11, 2016 at 7:04 am

      “Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead they choose “electors”, who usually PLEDGE to vote for PARTICULAR candidates. The Twelfth Amendment, in specifying how a president and vice president are elected, requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president. On five occasions, most recently in the 2016 presidential election, the Electoral College system has resulted in the selection of electors with a majority pledged to a candidate who did not receive the most popular votes in the election.” So please educate me again on what you said you’ve know for years. How a candidate’s win of the popular vote in a State directly translates to an elector choosing him or her? Why the citizens know this and are protesting as to the reason why Trump won when Clinton clearly won the popular votes period?Why are they lamenting individually that their votes didn’t count,they didn’t vote for him,the Electoral College did? Enlighten me.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 11, 2016 at 10:57 am

      I see you did a Wikipedia copy and paste there but you didn’t even bother to read further for clarification.
      Now let me explain it to you as easily as I can. Okay, here goes:
      If a candidate wins the popular vote of a state, that candidate takes all the electoral votes of the state because the electors chosen by that state have PLEDGED to cast ballots for the winner of the state’s popular vote. That is how it works. Like I said, this is true for all but two of the states. AGAIN: The people who cast these electoral votes by December have already PLEDGED to vote for the candidate who won the state’s popular vote. These people are not required by law to stand by their PLEDGE, though, and may decide to go rogue and vote for whoever they want, however, that is EXTREMELY rare and has happened LESS THAN 1% of the time EVER.
      They are lamenting because they are crybabies who are whining about rules they knew before-hand just because the lost. And also, you are wrong there. Most Clinton supporters are whining because they really hate Trump, they believe he is unfit and can’t come to terms with his victory.
      If you still don’t understand, respond and I will find a video explaining the Electoral College System and link it here.

  10. tunmi

    November 10, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    The sentiment is sweet and nice but all of our ogas should please chill. Abeg, make una calm down small.

  11. Ijs

    November 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Mr Minister wow so eloquent but it would have been more important to state the things you and the behavior administration have done to make Nigeria a place to come back to . how has agriculture in Nigeria become an investors dream. Under your administration? This is your job description oga minister sir

  12. Ijs

    November 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Buhari not behavior*

  13. Bolarite

    November 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    … very funny. Mr. Audi you are too laughable. Please, give Nigerians real respect. Your opinion & that of FG does not count here. me think your house is in jittery. as breeze don begin blow fowl yanshi – the world done begin dey see the dead body wey una house buried…

  14. Bolarite

    November 10, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    my people go say “a bamo a mo se, a she tan o daapan”

  15. Lol

    November 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    We aren’t coming abeg

    • Susan

      November 11, 2016 at 1:14 am

      Lol who gives 2 cents? Stay forever. Some of you in diaspora really think Nigerians in Nigeria give a hoot whether or not you return to Nigeria. Better ignore the bs these Ministers are saying.

  16. Sammie

    November 10, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Sad that an old man can’t think before he talks!

  17. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    November 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    My dear Mr. Audubon Ogbe. What specifically are you and Nigerian government going to do to assist all the so called Nigerians living in the United should Mr. Trump decides to put pressure on them your statement? No hypotheticals please. I hope you’re not going to steal Nigeria money only to turn arround and lie to EFCC that you committed the crime because you are trying to help Nigerians living in America a who came under pressure from President Trump. Oga Audu Ogbe Stealing no good ooooo. Thief na thief any day ooooo

  18. Browsing

    November 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Who say’s we’ll be under pressure ? Majority of Nigerians in the US live quite decently and are quite good. Thanks but no Thanks ! I am very OK with a Trump presidency

    • Jay

      November 11, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Sweetie, no one is begging you to return home. It’s not that serious, stay “okay” in the states.

    • Jay

      November 11, 2016 at 1:16 am

      By the way, correction: some Nigerians, NOT majority. ?

    • nnenne

      November 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      @Jay… Plus she/ he is the reason some Nigerians are putting food on their table, in the midst of the bad administration and recession!

  19. Sheila

    November 11, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Man.. they not going back to Naija. It was all talk. They’ll be A-OK through Trump presidency over Buhari recession/oppression/job loss. Nobody’s going anywhere.

    Audu, chill small small, abeg. Don’t hype things up.

  20. Moyo

    November 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

    So those of us that have been here since, what have you done for us

  21. EE

    November 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Who is this new and improved version of A Real Nigerian. Four comments and no Nigerian man bashing in sight, my prayers are bearing fruit.

  22. Oma's mum

    November 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Real Nigerian and A thanks for schooling me more

  23. Keeping it Real

    November 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    What does this mean in real terms though? Went back to Nigeria recently and couldn’t even access any office to submit CV or proposal. I was asked who refered me and every man in Abuja wanted access to my ‘cookie’ after pretending to listen to you talk about what your experience, degrees etc. Even in church, i joined a department to serve and hopefully mingle, get to know people whilst serving God which is supposed to be the safest and sanest way to live in Abuja, and guess what, they want to get into your pants there too and people judge you for not driving a certain car or dressing in a certain way. Nigeria is such a fraud right now. My friend that came back with me almost lost her mind from all the fakeness that exists in Nigeria that she went on anti depressants from worrying too much. We both fled back to the states and now back to NORMAL. All I can say is if you are already working and settled in Nigeria, good for you, but if you intentionally leave your good job outside of Nigeria to return home, that is the dumbest thing to do at a time like this with a dictator as the leader and a bunch of old men not living in a smart world making promises they can’t keep.
    Now I am back. Naija is horrible. I’ll be praying for yall from over here, if you can work the system, fine, if you can’t get out, anywhere or go entrepreneurial and see how that goes….
    Keeping it real…..( Mimi from NYC)
    Hey Bella, how you doing!

    • uyai

      November 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      I suffered this as well. I returned to Nigeria from UK after my masters since 2119. No job. Everyone I met uptil this moment need sex no matter where you meet them including church. I had to follow my passion and tart farming. Nigeria Is suck. The bitter truth is they spend time Disturbing girls to marry without thinking of your future. Rubbish people with fake life

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