The US President-elect, Donald Trump’s team has reportedly removed the statement on his website to ban all Muslims and blacks, especially Nigerians from the country if Trump becomes president. The page now redirects to another page encouraging voters to donate to his campaign. Trump and his allies had consistently defended the ban, insisting the measure was about Americans’ “safety” and not about discriminating against religion.
Recall that Trump had sent a subtle warning to the Nigerian Community in the US, after he said all Nigerians would be made to leave the country if he becomes President. He reportedly made the ‘threat’ during a rally at Wichita, Kansas, saying Nigerians and Mexicans have taken all the jobs meant for honest hard working Americans.
He was quoted to have said,
“We need to get the Africans out. Not the blacks, the Africans. Especially the Nigerians. They’re everywhere. “I went for a rally in Alaska and met just one African in the entire state. Where was he from? Nigeria! He’s in Alaska taking our jobs.“They’re in Houston taking our jobs. Why can’t they stay in their own country?
“Why? I’ll tell you why. Because they are corrupt. Their Governments are so corrupt, they rob the people blind and bring it all here to spend. “And their people run away and come down here and take our jobs! We can’t have that! If I become president, we’ll send them all home. “I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them. The reason is simple: we can’t identify what their attitude is. “We’ll build a wall at the Atlantic Shore. Then maybe we’ll re-colonize them because obviously they did not learn a damn thing from the British!”
Trump was widely condemned for his call shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 to temporarily ban all Muslims. On the same night that millions of votes were pouring in for the real estate mogul turned politician, the page linking to his December statement regarding a temporary and complete Muslim was removed and US Muslims were warned not to wear hijab after Donald Trump’s shocking victory. According to online caches, the page was available on the morning of the election on 8 November but the redirected was added later the same night. Trump won the US presidential election on Wednesday in an incredible victory that has shocked pundits and observers all around the world.