President Barack Obama could have come to Nigeria over the weekend but he sent his Secretary of State, John Kerry and he went off to India making him the first president of the US to have visited India twice while in Office.
Obama’s first visit to India was between November 6-9 2010 during the reign of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and he has made another trip to India barely a year after a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, became Prime Minister and it’s probably not a coincidence that US Secretary of State, John Kerry, chose the same day to visit Lagos, Nigeria not Abuja but Lagos.
John Kerry’s choice of coming to Lagos means technically, it wasn’t John Kerry that came to Nigeria to visit president Jonathan but it was
Jonathan that went to visit John Kerry in Lagos! The US is sending a message to the Nigerian government and the whole world is hearing.
Hardly would any sovereign head of state allow his visitor to dictate where he should be hosted.
Obama was received at the airport with a warm embrace by Prime Minister Modi, the same Modi who was denied a US visa for ten years over accusations that he failed in 2002 to prevent the massacre of hundreds of muslims in Gujurat when he was chief minister there.
While the US have promised a $4 billion pledge in loans and investments to India they have stopped buying oil from Nigeria and while they are refusing to sell arms to Nigeria to fight terrorists they have entered into a nuclear weapons agreement with India, a country that for all intents and purposes is still considered a third world country.
America would always seek what is in the best interest of their country little wonder they are reluctant to do business with those who only seek selfish individual interests.
Ever since Mr. Modi became Prime Minister, countries like Germany, Brazil and Japan have been throwing invitations at him and the US did not want to be left behind.
For how long will our leaders continue to wallow in self-deceit when the whole world can see that the sand castle they have built around themselves is falling apart?