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African Union ambassadors to the UN demanded an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa.

The group of over 50 nations in a statement said: “the AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity. While expressing our shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union truly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration. There is a serious need for dialogue between the U.S. administration and the African countries. The African Union, through its member States, values the strategic partnership with the U.S. This relationship should be from the point of equality and mutual respect based on accepted international principles of respect for basic human dignity of all.”

The Mission demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from the U.S. leader.

“The AU mission condemns the statement in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only the Africans but to all people of African descent across the globe.”

The U.S. president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.

“Why are we having all these people from s—hole countries come here?” Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.

The UN has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as “s—hole countries”.

“If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word you can use but ‘racist’.

“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘s—holes’, whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Photo Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

34 Comments

  1. Dora

    January 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Is his comment derogatory? Yes. Is it true? 100% true. The most parts of Africa is a S—HOLE . At least I know Nigeria is! Shout up and fix Ur problems mate

  2. jokobaba

    January 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Trump should apologise? is Africa not a s—-hole? Most of these countries run a significant proportion of their budgets on aid provided by the west. Apologise my foot.

  3. Yoyo

    January 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Africa leaders please stop demanding apology and start commanding respect! When you rob your own countries and leave your countries impoverished why wont we get insulted! I hate Trump but on this issue there is some element of truth!

  4. jokobaba

    January 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    sigh…

  5. jokobaba

    January 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Trump should apologise? Most of these countries run a significant proportion of their budgets on aid provided by the west. Apologise my foot.

    • semesee

      January 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Western Aids! you mean glorified “bribes” , they give a country $10 million of aids and export and hundreds of billions of trade to benefit the western world! India has just said NO to their so called aids! I hope many African country would do likewise!

    • Aarefarmland

      January 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      It depends on your meaning of significance. The west primarily interest in aid is security. Most aid goes to allies such as egypt for defense. The per capita of aid will be minuscle. Worst they treat the leaders as infantile and control disbursement of aid.

    • Pat

      January 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Africa is not run by aids or western loan. The aids that your leaders collect and put in their pocket. Have u ever benefited in Nigeria from any western aid?

    • Pat

      January 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Thank u Semesee

  6. Ima

    January 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Una go old waiting.

  7. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    January 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Trump no fall person hand oh. Be you! ???? Mad people

  8. Ottawa Queen

    January 14, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Haha! Trump doesn’t care! He lives in a world of his own. He rather dies and be buried in Trump Tower than retract any statement or apologise!

  9. tunmi

    January 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Una mad???? Why are you carrying what he said for head like so? Abeg AU should go find better work.

    Even dignifying that statement with a response is insulting

    • Physio Tinu

      January 15, 2018 at 5:53 am

      But Tunmi, we should care. Evil thrIves when good men do nothing.

  10. Cozygal

    January 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    He will not apologise (I’m assuming), go and beat him. Mschew. Beggar Beggar African leaders. You will all still beg for aids and then spend it on your tenth and eleventh unborn generations.

  11. anon

    January 14, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Thats like asking a member of the KKK to apologise for slavery. Thing is dumps father was a kingpin in the KKK. The family is racist. I think now we all know what he is Africa needs to unite and stand strong against this threat. We need new allies north korea is looking pretty Good. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. For those who think trump is not Africas problem sweet dreams. Trump can destabilize any African nation just by giving their neigbour arms to invade. Why??? To get his hands on your natural resources. Yes oh these s—holes are what fuel the west.

  12. Coly

    January 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Dependant on USA makes the county great and depending countries weak , especially Africa … countries can start learning on how to do without the USA. Develop yourselves (contents) and make do with what you have ( it wouldnt be easy at the initial stage but i think that is the only way to emancipate poor counties especially Africa.
    The world will be a better place with mutual respect and Africans drowning like a loaf of bread will stop.

  13. thatburachick

    January 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    racist? No. Blunt? Yes! Please dear African ‘leaders’, understand this man trump isn’t an a—licking, politically correct president. His track record has abundantly made that CRYSTAL. He is ABSOLUTELY correct..SH#T HOLE countries r what Africa in particular is majorly made of. (Haiti gets a pass due to the earthquake) but what is africa’s excuse? God bless that person that said ‘stop demanding apology and start COMMANDING respect’ that just sums it all. You r demanding apology, yet you are complacent or shall I say spear-heading mass murder, you r demanding apology yet being d 8th biggest exporter of crude oil, your pple queue from morning till night just to buy fuel for their machines,you r demanding apology, yet you can’t boast of basic amenities being available to all even in 2018 when other countries r building cities in the sky and breaking new ground in every area, you are demanding apology,yet your economy is ranked amongst the worst if not THE worst in the world were the average citizen lives under the poverty line. You shouldn’t demand apology all Ye so called leaders,if you want an apology, just look in d mirror!

  14. thatburachick

    January 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Nonsense!!!

  15. Cocoa

    January 14, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    The best response to such comments would be to FUX UP, LOOK SHARP. Let us stand up and be counted
    His comments don’t hurt me and shouldn’t hurt you too. It is true that most African countries are downtrodden ..HOWEVER.. it is true that the land breeds WARRIORS.

    So yes opinions are just that…no ones opinion should break our confidence. AFRICA FACE FRONT!!!

  16. Miss Anoni Moss

    January 14, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Nigeria is number one in that s–t hole, our useless leaders dug the holes themselves with hammers and diggers of corruption.

  17. Cozie Chima

    January 14, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    To show that these so-called African “leaders” are serious, the least they could have done is to recall all our ambassadors from the USA, and send theirs packing from Africa. No, they wouldn’t do that because all their stolen funds hidden in the USA would be frozen and no more visas for them, their families and mistresses. AU, LOL.

  18. Stephen Ron Wells

    January 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Why should trump apologise? For what?
    Africa is a s—hole very correct Nigeria numero 1
    So be truthful to yourself
    30 years fella said suffering and smiling till date no development
    Right?
    Why complain about trump
    There’s no racism there atall.
    We are ZOO simple.

  19. Bowl

    January 15, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Now you are all talking. I didn’t know most people got the ‘memo’ .Thank God for one honest American president for once !

  20. Semesee

    January 15, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Perception is everything! The western world paint themselves in glowing lights! However they are the greatest exporters of paedophiles ( look at what they get up to in South East Asia )! What could be more S-Hole than that!

  21. passingby

    January 15, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Na man this trump is a devil. His country has exploited african countries for centuries because theyve got the power to do so. They dont want any other country to explore nuclear capabilities because na that time everyone go mind himself. Mtchewwweee its not his fault sha. Black monkey go support certified mad man when rape him mama and then call her ashawo because mad man na oyigbo. Educate yourselves, no your right no be curse. Africa was not discovered by christopher colombus abi mongo park. Africa WAS before they came to rob and exploit. Why did they come and colonise s hole?? Ask una self Kwestion. Nigeria is not a s hole. Its a country struggling to survive. America at the age of 55 was a hell , open a book and read. What made them great today was exploiting Africa. At least Africa is trying her best to be great through hustle not barbaric slave trade/free labour. We will get there. God will bless our struggle.

  22. sibo

    January 15, 2018 at 2:22 am

    S—holians making American great since time immemorial. Now u want us to pack and go. No sir!

  23. Physio Tinu

    January 15, 2018 at 3:41 am

    I concur, Donald trump needs to apologise and a retraction has to be made by the white house.

    From the comments made on this website, it is obvious that most of the Nigerian youths have no clue how far reaching this statement and the general demeanour emanating from this current president is. If you had a clue about history (how did Hitler start?) and you sat down and thought for a moment, you will not respond like bastards.

    • passingby

      January 15, 2018 at 4:24 am

      Thank u. The one true thing that has been said about the black man is that the best hidding place from a black man is a BOOK. Now we got instagram goats who only know how to stick out their finger and swipe a screen they have all lost the fine motor skillof turning pages. Even common sense skilll of logic reasoning. Instant gratification galore no head for research. For those ones, trump has spoken their truth and they agreed.

  24. kanayo

    January 15, 2018 at 5:12 am

    The worst S….Hole in the world is located just beneath Trumps nostrils. On a serious note Africans need to be saying with one voice NO. If you are an African agreeing with this man you are a disgrace to your mama. You should have learnt the simple lesson that the best defense against those who would divide and conquer us is to STAND UNITED. I strongly recommend this book Divide and Rule The partition of Africa: 1880-1914 by henk Wesselin. This lunatic has called you S. T dont let him add ignorant to it.

  25. Anon

    January 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I just like to say as a foreigner living in Nigeria and having travelled and worked in other African countries i just first of all would like to apologise for the utterances of trump. Believe me he is a total embarrassment. He speaks for the lowest common Denominator. He certainly does not speak for me. Also i’d like to say that Africa is one of the most beautiful continents on planet earth today. The people are warm , welcoming with a strong ability to survive the artifical culling process set in motion by first world countries. Another thing is please do not sell yourselves short. Stand with your country not against it. Thats all folks x

  26. Jade

    January 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I laugh in Spanish. Whether Trump said it or not, The truth
    hurts, Africa is sh*thole. Trump and these African leaders are both lunatic.
    How can a continent with the most natural resources be the poorest? How can a country like Nigeria with oil suffer from. Fuel scarcity all the time? How can there be such a high level of mismanagement and irresponsibility in Nigeria where they claim they are the most educated?

    Respect is earned. When you disrespect yourself, you immediately give room for others to do so. It’s a shame, it’s until Trump said it that Africans want to agree which also confirms the gullibility and inferiority complex of Nigerians

    Do what is right for yourself, others and the whole country. Fix your country,
    Don’t wait until a white man help, call it out.

  27. sibo

    January 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    @Jade and co BullC**P spoken like a true Shi*torian. Shi***torians have no country but by their skewered uneducated opinions ( what they see as logic )you will know them. Sh***torians are known for not possessing the capabilities of research. They tend to hoover up any BullC conspiracy. To defect from the mental slavery of Sh***tory and decamp to take up residence in enlightenment then JADE AND CO OPEN A HISTORY BOOK. Adios it stinks up in here

  28. Pita

    January 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Okay! And if he doesn’t, what will happen?

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