BY ESTHER BAKARE
Founder of Shaddaiville Ministries, Dr. Kunle Hamilton has described the emergence of Donald Trump as the 45th President of USA in the just concluded election as a great lesson for Nigerians.
In an interview with Sunday Telegraph, the cleric said “Donald Trump’s triumph proves that only well built institutions and infrastructure can truly give a people the power to determine who rules them. That is the greatest lesson Nigeria should learn from Donald Trump’s win.”
He advised Nigerians living in America illegitimately to find a legitimate way of staying in the country or opt out for another one.
According to him, those who voted Trump are saying they love what he said about immigration so that those who are taking their jobs will no longer do so. He also said Nigeria needs to make its electioneering process as foolproof as possible.
“Some Nigerians – home and abroad – do not like Trump because of what he said about our country as being the most corrupt and also about our people. He said he was going to get Nigerians out and drive out Muslims. Trump and Hillary Clinton were equally hated and distrusted by many Americans. While many Americans chose not to register or vote, about 130 million of them went ahead and voted for both of them whereas in Nigeria, if we say we are 180 million, only 28 million voted for either Goodluck Jonathan or Muhammadu Buhari. Can you see the margin? It means one-third of Americans voted in the 2016 US Election.”
Dr. Hamilton said one of the lessons to learn is that America’s 2016 election is based on merit no matter how much they hate the candidates.
“President-elect Trump has merit in business. He might be an outsider in politics but not in business. But in Nigeria, people without merit in anything are the ones who rule, hence the need to strengthen the electioneering process so that only those with merit are the ones who the system will throw up for elections” Hamilton said.
On the role of churches in national development, he said: “Churches and preachers should not endorse candidates like some of them did in Nigeria’s 2015 presidential elections, collecting money from government and politicians.
“Rather, church leaders should educate members of their congregation about why they should join politics and play it without bitterness or corruption. Christians should go out and vote and develop the passion to do things that will benefit people by joining politics either at local or national levels.”