As the US election reaches its peak day today, hundreds of U.S. President Donald Trump supporters took to the streets of Nigeria to campaign for the incumbent American President to win a 2nd term in office.
This is even as Trump has in the past disparaged African nations, calling them “shithole countries” and saying Africans would never leave the United States if allowed in. This year, he added Nigeria and five other countries when he expanded visa curbs.
It is coming as a surprise that some Nigerians could gather themselves together to campaign for the US President to win the 2020 election.
“I like him because he forces people to stay in their country and build it instead of running to America for green pasture,” says Osita Obeta, 30, a pro-Trump electrician in Asaba.
In a posh Lagos eatery, a portrait of Trump in a gold-trimmed red agbada, a flowing robe worn by Yoruba men, hangs on the wall. The traditional clothing is a “mark of respect”, said artist Peter Udoakang.
“I made this painting to bring him closer to us,” said the 23-year-old, adding that Trump’s “radical” approach to governing appealed to Nigerians, who are used to hustling in a tough economy to survive.
On a busy Lagos road, driver Michael Onyeonoro said if Nigeria found a similar leader, the U.S. visa troubles might not matter, Reuters reports.