Dear PM Trudeau and President Biden: On Chimamanda’s seditious letter, By Yemi Oke


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18 U.S.C. § 2384

Chimamanda’s claims and assertions on the recently concluded presidential election in Nigeria is not only ludicrous, it is also illogical, baseless and depicts the ignoble ranting of an uninformed mind about legal and judicial processes or procedures. It is unimaginable that someone who did not participate or vote in an election would make categorical statements about an election she did not witness. What Chimamanda did not tell her gullible readers is that her candidate won mostly in her/his ethnic enclaves and that the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu, President Buhari, notable Nigerian governors, senators and others also lost in their strongholds, which should ordinarily have been their locational advantage for “manipulating” the outcome, as Chimamanda unconscionably and recklessly alleged.


The writer-turned ethnic politician did also not indicate that the presidential election was conducted on the same date as the National Assembly elections in which the ruling party won about 60% of all seats in the Senate and House of Representatives. The winning trends of the APC is obvious, real, actual and all-embracing.

Chimamanda represents recent generations of Nigerian intelligentsias in the diaspora. Her lonely voice on the election of President-Elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu is, at best, a muted trumpet which is audible to no one except herself and her co-travelers. The only legal and legitimate option is for her candidate, Peter Obi, not Chimamanda herself, because she lacks the locus standi, to approach the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as provided by Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). This has since been done, and further makes it illogical for Chiamamanda to resort to writing letters capable of inciting ethnic or violent reactions in Nigeria, while she resides in the comfort of the US, her new found home or haven, which was fought for and procured with hard labour and commitment of Americans. If Chimamanda is unwilling to sacrifice to make Nigeria better, she should kindly desist from undermining the resolve of those of us who believe that Nigeria could be better, if we all make necessary sacrifices like Americans did to build their country where Chimamada now sojourns.

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can only succeed with valid grounds recognised by the 1999 Constitution or Electoral Act, 2022.








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