Nigeria Summons US envoy over 'shithole' term by President Trump

Yesterday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy in Abuja, David Young, following the supposed racist term, 'shithole countries' used by President Donald Trump of United States in tagging African countries during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform, last week.

However, during an interview on Sunday night with White House reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida, United States, Trump denied he was racist.

Geoffery Onyeama, Foreign Affairs Minister, summoned the US envoy to his office to question the term used by the US President.

In a statement issued by the ministry's spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, Onyeama explained that if the term used by the US president were to be true, that it is offensive and unacceptable following the relationship between both countries

The statement further said, “Ambassador Young pointed out that there were contradicting accounts by those present as to the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks. 

“He 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 benefit of the two countries,” the statement said.

However, US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington was out of the country.

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