Following a summon by the Nigerian government, the United States charge d’affaires, David Young, met with the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja on Monday.
The meeting was a direct fallout of a purported offensive statement by US President Donald Trump against Africans.
According to Russell Brooks, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Abuja:
- Young and Onyeama met on Monday afternoon.
- Young “reiterated the excellent relations between the United States and Nigeria” during the meeting.
- The two officials also “discussed cooperation between the two countries.”
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, said:
- The minister sought clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks, stressing that if they were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable, especially given the very warm and cordial relations that presently exist between the Nigerian Government and the Government of the United States of America.
- Ambassador Young pointed out that there were contradicting accounts by those present as to the veracity or otherwise of the substance of Pres. Trump’s remarks.
- Young stressed that his government continued to hold the people of Nigeria in very high regard and valued the warm relations and excellent cooperation between the two countries and looked forward to building on this relationship for the mutual benefits of the two countries.
Pres. Trump had reportedly said in a January 11 meeting that Americans should not be having people from “shithole countries” as immigrants in the United States. He reportedly singled out Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa.
But the president denied ever describing any race as coming from “shithole countries” in a Friday morning tweet.