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WHY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S ENGAGEMENT WITH NIGERIA; AFRICA MUST BE POSITIVE

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Those who view the world through specialized prisms have at different times spoken about underdevelopment arising from incoherent implementation of policies and poor governance culture as the major bane of Africa. President Barack Obama during his visit to Ghana voiced an opinion that foreigners should not be expected to come and develop Africa for Africans. That role, said Obama is the responsibility of Africans. AMERICA-AFRICA RELATIONS President-elect Joe Biden has come a long way on America’s political turf. His antecedents position him on a very advantageous pedestal in designing and implementing positive home and foreign relations policies, falling back on his exposure and vast experiences in the legisltative and executive branches of government. He previously served in the United States Senate as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Member of the Foreign Relations Committee before serving as the United States Vice-President for eight (8) years in the administration of Barack Obama. He represented Delaware in the US Senate for 26 years from 1973 to 2009 and was re-elected six times with impressive 60 percent support of the electorate in Delaware. He was the fourth-most senior senator when he resigned to serve in the Executive branch of government. Talk about experience. Joe Biden is exposed and has wide contacts at the Capitol where, by virtue of his election as the United States vice-president he also served as the president of the US Senate. He was part of the team that formulated Obama’s foreign relations policies, having chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from June 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009. Nations classified as ‘’shit-hole’ countries by President Donald Trump never benefited from friendships and economic relations with the United States as Trump was pre-occupied with negative tweets and building walls to demarcate the United States and Mexico in order to halt illegal migration. The highly influential Council on Foreign Relations published on its blog, a post by John Campbell, a former US ambassador to Nigeria who notes that: ‘’Joe Biden/Kamala Harris pair ‘’promises a change in tone, the restoration of “mutually respectful engagement, and the revival and reinvigoration of diplomacy. ‘’The implication is no more disparaging presidential tweets. It reaffirms American support for African democracy and economic growth. ‘’The document is specifically addressed to those Africans and of African descent living in the United States. As such, it begins with an affirmation of Diaspora values: family, opportunity, and a desire…

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