The United States government has highlighted some of the interesting reasons it would not be out of place to call Nigeria the giant of Africa.
The US Secretary of State, Mr Antony Blinken, while speaking specifically about Nigeria in an exclusive interview on Channels TV, highlighted these reasons as he places Nigeria as the country heading Africa.
Although plagued by insecurity, uprising, disunity calls, Blinken mentioned several interesting qualities Nigeria has that made her unique.
Blinken noted that the country’ s cultural influence and the rising number of people across the world listening to the Afrobeat music genre, and watch Nollywood movies are the country’ s strength.
Blinken added, ” What happens here in Nigeria is felt around the world, and that, in a nutshell, is why I came to Abuja. ”
The US secretary who noted that he hopes that Nigeria will become a strong example for the world democracies when the nation heads to the polls come 2023 said, ” The United States anticipates an election that goes ” smoothly, freely and fairly, with real participation which will send a very strong message about democratic resilience.
” One of the reasons that citizens are losing faith in some places, in democracy, in the institutions is because they feel that its not delivering for them. It’ s not actually producing things that they need, that they want, that will make a difference in their lives.
” So, in different countries including in Nigeria, when everything is done based on patronage as opposed to actually delivering all the things that people need, that actually erodes trust in democracy.
” But the more the government can be responsive to the needs of people, the more they will say you know what, this system works, I want to be a part of it, I want to defend it and that I think will create enthusiasm around the elections. And that alone will also send a very important message to countries through the continent and around the world.
” The United States firmly believes that it is time to start treating Africa as a subject in geopolitics, and structure it as a major geopolitical player it has become– the facts speak for themselves.
” The U. S. official highlighted some of the reasons it would not be out of place to call the nation the giant of Africa.
” Amongst Nigeria’ s qualities is the cultural influence- people across the world listen to the Afrobeat music genre and watch Nollywood movies.
” Your strengths are undeniable– a dynamic democracy, a robust economy, and a very powerful civil society.
” What happens here in Nigeria is felt around the world, and that, in a nutshell, is why I came to Abuja. United States knows that in most of the challenges and opportunities we face, Africa will make a difference.
” We can’ t achieve our goals around the world– whether ending the COVID- 19 pandemic, building a strong and inclusive global economy, combating the climate crisis… without the leadership of the African governments, institutions, and citizens.
” Countries like Nigeria, not just global leaders, they are increasingly prominent around the world beyond this region, and they are deserving a permanent seat wherever the most consequential issues are discussed. “