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Why Is The Obama Visit 'historic'?

Nigerians love to gush over men.

Why is this visit 'historic'. Every nigerian leader has met with every american leader that is his contemporary ever. Several times. This one is a 15 minute meeting, which is getting blown out of proportion as this water shed moment. What water will be shed in 15 minutes?

People, calm down. one thing nigerians love is exaggeration and dramatics.

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when we start producing our own cars, planes, and advanced industries litter our country and we dont need oyibo man again.

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@Tensor777, ofcourse the votes will come from the people. However sometimes you need some outside pressure on your side. We have tried the alternative for the past 10 years or so, but we all know the story. It wont come from this meeting alone, but with a sustained effort from all including non Nigerian governments including the US, the system has more chance of being changed. The Nigerian governement cannot affort to be in US badbooks, we rely on their custom for oil.

I wonder what would have happened to the anti-aparteid movement fnon-South Africans did not put some amount of pressure on the then government. Now votes count in SA.

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There cannot be not be and there will not be any electoral reforms emanating from, or as a result of, the meeting between the Nigerian President and his American colleague.

It is up to the Nigerian electorate to ensure that subsequent elections in the country are free, fair and peaceful. That is part of good citizenship.

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Well, for once the Nigerian government is being put on notice in terms of free and fair elections etc by someone whos opinion they actually respect. Someone who is one a higher standing in world affairs then they are. Obama is not just one of the 140 million Nigerians who's wishes they can afford to have no regard for at all.

He who is paying the piper will begin to dictate the tune.

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^^And so what?. The point is that the president's legitimacy is derived from the electorate and the constitution and not from any visiting Western potentate

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0bama has every right to visit Nigeria, and see for himself the amount of suffering the masses were passing through.

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Many guys are missing the point, the visit was not historic, but significant because it allows GJ to have a one on one closed door meeting with Obama. It was not a one way street discussion, it was all about mutually beneficial interests. Anybody who think Nigeria does not need the US is not facing reality. Yar'dua if he was capable would have been invited and perhaps, attend, but the US would not pitch their tent around him, they are looking for a breath of fresh air to deal with. Hillary already criticized the Yar'dua govt and they are yet to say any damning word against a fresh govt, albeit with recycled folks.

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nna ah na waoo,  why do nigerians like to spend money we no get value in the name of visit

i nd i am surprise ooo,  is it to tell us that his the next president may be ooooo. cheer god forgive us bye

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there is nothing special about it, it is another way of wasting public funds

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@iceblue

I agree with you that there is nothing historic about the visit, but its significance was dictated by the events of the last few months.

Isn't it nice that the Ag. President made all these speeches? It would be nice if our leaders recognize the importance of communicating at a personal level with the Nigerian people. I am not talking about those archaic, listen up nationwide broadcasts, but rather daily event briefings and policy dialogue with the Nigerian people.

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@AIRDIG

You are seriously missing the point. We had, yes had, a president who went AWOL while events that could have drawn his country into a war was brewing. Unlike the mouthings our leaders embarked on after that very serious event Ag. President Jonathan's visit says to the world, yes we have our problems but we are not about to join some crazy people's war against the US. More effective than words don't you think. It says, we indeed have people who can and would behave like leaders in our midst. That is the message of the Ag. President's visit.

I feel sorry that one has to explain the significance of this visit and worldwide display to some people in the context of the events of the past few months. I guess if someone from another country tries the same nonsense in Nigeria's airspace we would simply behave like nothing happened?

You said:

Can you point me to a country whose president recognizes his nation's sovereignty that would do what Yar'adua and his cohorts did, and continue to do. When our leaders start behaving like mature adults, talkless of real leaders, nobody is going to deny the sovereignty of our nation. Right now, they are treating us worse than a colony of the US or UK - we are colonized by their megalomaniac views of themselves, and by their pockets.

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It is as historic as African’s inferior mentality that equates to stupidity that never could be cured.

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there is no big deal about obama, just like what Fela said " uniform na cloth na tailor dey sew "

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Haba Otukpo!

Intellectually speaking, kindly explain how a president meeting another president (a colleague), becomes somewhat a landmark event to be celebrated as historic.

This is a sovereign country for God's sake & not a colony of The U.S. (or U.K not anymore). The president is[b] only[/b] legitimize by the electorate (and this has taken place).

So, wipe off that slave mentality/Inferiority complex/ "U.S is our masah" illusion from your consciousness.

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Even if you send Jonathan on a refresher course on leadership to the White House,we still don't have the 10,000 megawatts and jobs that we deserve.Don't be deceived,our president only went to assure Obama that his pressing energy needs-in the face of tougher sanctions on Iran-will continue to be met and nothing more.

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@ OP

because we once had a president who avoided visiting the American president.

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No, the reason Jonathan is in D.C. is because he's the recognized President of Nigeria. No one cares if Yar'Adua is incapacitated or not because business has to go on; he's President in name only and that's just out of respect. Whether the Nigerian people accepted Jonathan or not would have made no difference; there are laws in place that dictate Jonathan would have assumed power. He's been accepted as the LEADER of Nigeria and not a subordinate; Yar'Adua being awake or AWOL doesn't mean a thing as GJ's government has been accepted by other administrations.

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The only reason Jonathan is there and not Yar adua is because yar adua is indisposed/incapacitated. If yar adua was still awake at this time, he would have been the one going for the trip. Stop making claims of political legitimacy where it does not apply. The man became politically legitimate the moment the Nigerian people accepted him as Acting President. He does not need a meeting in Washington with other leaders of the world, which happens to be hosted by the US to be politically legitimate.

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You can't be serious if you can compare an envoy meeting with IBB and Jonathan and Obama meeting. Political legitimacy is important for Jonathan right now and he has it; how are you confused by that considering that he's been under fire from Yar'Adua supporters?

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Jonathan is the first nigerian president to meet the first afro american president (OBAMA) is that not historic enough? it shows acceptance by the us . Wetin yaradua no fit do, jonathan done do am.

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It is quite sad. Goodluck visits US and everybody is happy, do they seriously think US is there to protect our interests? Heaven helps those who helps themselves.

We have to protect our interests ourselves. A question to ask is what if the US interests goes against our own, what happens?

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From Travelista

Hey, that was an intelligent take, absolutely fantastic and well thought. Infact , i should ask 'which school did you attend ?'

Kudos to your lecturers.

@Duality

You are too funny,

anyway, now I believe, Obama is from Bayelsa

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Houze watz d probability of being Dr Goodluck 2011 Nigerian president? Coz Maradona shows interest and Gudlok's God & Biological father endorsed him. Just balance d equation urselves. I pity Nigerians!

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i dont know why people seem to be so naive, what interest will the west have in nigeria except they see to it that you have a leader like Jonathan that can easily be manipulated to have full control over the nigerian oil. It's purely their selfish interest they have been protecting and they will continue to protect at all cost even at the detriment of their preys like nigeria.

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Was great great for this Nation cheers

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. . . oh. . . so there IS something different about the visit after all,

just the little matter of calling it HISTORIC bothers folks.

Instructive.

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Did someone say Yar Adua wasn't invited?

Cor Blimey!

Ones upon a time early last year, Yar Adua was invited to the US for some meeting with other heads of state but dude went to Saudi Arabia to open a Secondary school.

Na so we dey forget things??

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When Yaradua did not invited, and nigeria was not among the nation obama visited in the past. You guys complained that Yaradua was incapable. Now Jonathan is recognized by All nations you are still complaining. I don't know when you poeple will wake up and acknowledge God goodness in Nigeria. Lets pray for God to give Jonathan the Grace to carry this nation forward

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The only interesting part of the visit is the POWER Crisis solution Mr Goodluck seeks from the USA and World Bank.

Every other things about the visit is normal. All Nigerian president has visited American leaders during their time and vice visa.

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even BBC announced Jonathan visit to obama as if it was the only good news on the plannet.

what am smelling is this, nigeria have be tagged with corruption all over the world, bbc and others are suprise that nigeria is still remembered by usa and others continent for such a timely summit.

it is not the journalist faults but to clear our image from among corrupt countries of the world that is why the anouncement is so loud.

after the meeting watch out US governement will be working with nigeria govement to get peace in nigeria, or stop the amnesty programme and restore peace to niger delta, or divid the country into 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.

what did u thing? remember 2015 prediction from USA. what is ur view?

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i actually don't give a piss whether obama comes to nigeria or not.

oh and in addition to that list up there, asking obama that nigeria be removed from the list of countries under 'special observation'.

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Beats me the way most nigerians think. Don't see any big deal about GJ meeting obama.

Some bloke says it gives him legitimacy.Funniest thing i've read today. Wasn't it the same rigged elections that made him VP? Very twisted way of reasoning.

I'll only support GJ if he can deliver.

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@iceblue

I agree with u

but let Obama too return the visit

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it isn't historic, but i certainly like that jonathan is making wise use of the time spent there - from townhall meetings, to world bank meetings with requests concerning power and infrastructure. he's probably the most useful and time efficient leader we've had in 20 years. not to mention he speaks like he's got a brain in the head on his shoulders.

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^yeah.

africans have a hard time grasping the concept of interest. they think there's good guys and bad guys it seems or just everyone is good. they dont know the reason, sole reason, the west developes is to is can dominate something else and not be dominated by another

africans seem to think the purpose of development is to create jobs.

if only you knew the mentality of these white ppl you're dealing with, you'd be appauled

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It is colomentality.

Hope Dr. Jonathan does not stop the PIB(much protested against by the western oil companies), the NIGAZ company and the 50billion dollar oil deal with China. I guess Yar'adua was seriously jeopardizing US's interest in the Nigerian state.

I don't know why Africans are so dumb. There is no permanent friend or enemy in international politics, Its all about interests.

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how can dis make a front page

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@Poster, i had wanted to ask the same question. Too much publicity!

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It historic because Obama himself is a historic president being the first african-american president and nigeria being the largest black nation on earth,it is a thing of pride,and we should have met him before now,congratulated him and even recieve him here in nigeria.but we didn't have a president to measure up, infact for a very long time we have not had a president that looks responsible, we are now having a man who looks responsible,sensitive and presidential in words and in action-no matter how short the period maybe,and naturally nigerians are positive and optimistic,the world is positive and optimistic about nigeria,and believe me this is the kind of environment you need to attract direct foreign investment and stimulate growth and development.

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He didn't get visited. . .  he was invited ALONG with other world leaders for a summit, sort of like going for a UN visit. By the way, what are we enamored with US now? Next we complain that the US is INTRUDING when it makes demands we are incapable of wrapping our most times weeny minds around.

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ROFLMAO!!!

The way we connect things willy-nilly ehn? lol

How in the world does this visit, or any visit give him legitimacy? How can anyone make that conclusion? Let me guess, the visit of the US envoy to minna also gave Babangida legitimacy? ROFLMAO!!

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He was invited like any other president, but nigerian media blow everything up like he was personal invited by US president.the best is yet to come

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of course you will youre my seed, from one of my nna chicks in igboland

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bros J go see in kinsman. obamas origin is bayelsa.

ben murray bruse is obamas cousin .

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Jonathan's horrible dress sense as President is the historic thing.

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I have to agree with you on this issue.

Jonathan is getting international credentials from many Western nations. People seem to underestimate this man, but his name Goodluck is no slouch.

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Its a big deal cause with international support jonathan can win 2011 preidency. duh

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Me, i dont see the big deal o,

Come to think of it,since Gj took over feb. Na stil the same tin.just reshuffle the same old set of politicians and called it cabinet change.

Naija na wa o,

2011, anybody can win even IBB.Na stil the same tin. Corrupt nigerian politicians. All of 'em.

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It is an achievement. Abacha was there , not invited to US. Yardua did not have this opportunity . Baba OBJ once protested that White house ignored him when they doing swearing in. JO 2011 is assured. Ride on

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