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Saturday, 26 October 2013 14:38

Nigerian Embassy, Mbonu Speak to VOA on American Senator's Joke

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United States Senator Cruz of Texas recently made a joke that offended many Nigerians living in United States especially those living in state of Texas.  The lone star state, as Texas is popularly known as, has the largest number of Nigerians living in America.

 

The Republican Senator Ted Cruz this week in his home state of Texas was speaking about technical glitches on a new U.S. government web site for the Affordable Health Care Act, or "Obamacare," made a strange comment on what he referred as "Nigerian e-mail scammers."

 

Senator Cruz was quoted saying jokingly, “You know the Nigerian e-mail scammers? They have been a lot less active lately because they have all been hired to run the Obamacare web site," as reported by Voice of America (VOA).

 

The Voice of America interviewed Sam Okey Mbonu, Executive Director of the Nigerian-American Leadership Council and Ambassador B.E. Archibong of Nigerian Embassy.

 

The Voice of America has also reported that “Nigerian embassy in Washington has called Cruz's remarks "unguided." In a statement, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador B.E. Archibong, said the embassy views the comments as a "very expensive joke that was taken too far."

 

Mr. Sam Okey Mbonu

 

VOA further reported that Nigerian-American Leadership Council based in Washington DC has criticized the utterance made by the U.S. senator.

 

Sam Okey Mbonu, Executive Director of the Nigerian-American Leadership Council in the interview with VOA noted that a "clarification" from senator is necessary to clear the air on the insensitive comment.

 

Mbonu said, “It is certainly not the most responsible statement from a United States senator. We believe that partisanship has its limits and one does not establish credibility on a national platform by running down a section of the American community," as reported by VOA.

 

Emeka Chiakwelu, Afripol's Policy Strategist  reacted on the report by VOA by asking the senator to  never  forget Nigerian community contributions to Texas and America in general particularly in the area of healthcare industry.   There are large numbers of Nigerian nurses in Texas together with Nigerian medical doctors and pharmacists whom are making a great difference in America. These Nigerian healthcare professionals will also play an essential role in the implementation of "Obamacare."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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