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US Election: Nigerian-Americans speak on their choices

Nigerian-Americans consider immigration, healthcare and stability to vote in the Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election.



Some Nigerian-Americans and other immigrant voters in the US revealed that immigration, healthcare and stability were their determinant factors in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday.

They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), as the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden gets tense.

Chairman of the Organisation of the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN), Mr Olayinka Dan-Salami, said the choice was obvious for him: Biden.

“A president who doesn’t like immigrants, who just wants to send everybody back home, is not a president we should be voting for.

“Trump is waging an immigration war against Nigerians that is borne of out of jealousy of the accomplishments of Nigerians in this country.”

He also criticised Trump for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed no fewer than 230,000 lives in the U.S.

A Pakistani immigrant, Mr Nasir Raza said although he liked Trump’s performance on the economy, he voted for Biden’s liberal stance on immigration.

Mr Basil Njoku, a leader of the Nigerian community in New York, decried Trump’s “poor handling” of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said would make the election difficult for him.

Njoku, who disclosed that he lost seven members of his community to the virus, wondered why the president politicises wearing of masks.

“Something as simple as wearing a mask is being politicised (by Trump). What is the big deal in wearing a mask?

“If I wear the mask, I protect you; you protect me. It’s a question of civility; it is something that is honourable to do.

“But when it is politicised, the people see it as a human rights issue, but they forget that other people’s rights start where theirs begin,” Nkoju said.

Mr. Ugo Nwaokoro, former Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, said he voted for the candidate that would properly handle the pandemic and foster good relationship between U.S. and Africa.

“I cannot tell you whom I voted for, but I can categorically tell you I did not vote for Trump,” Nwaokoro, a Democrat, said.

Mr. George Onuorah, a community development advocate and philanthropist, said political and economic stability and immigration were the key issues for him.

”Being an immigrant from Africa, I am also looking to see that those of us here who have relatives that are willing to come to this country legally are not denied the opportunity to do so,” he said.

Onuorah said he was also looking forward to stronger diplomatic and economic ties between Nigeria and the United States under whoever wins the election.

A Trump supporter, Maria Estavez, 60, defended the president’s immigration policy and his handling of the pandemic.

She said, “No sane President would allow illegal aliens into his country to perpetrate crime, that is what Trump stands for.”

She also argued that Trump did what any other president would do to control the virus.

Another supporter, a Nigerian, who asked not to be named for fear of political victimisation, endorsed Trump’s tough stance on law and order.

What you should know

It was reported in February 2020, when the Trump administration cut the inflow of foreigners using visa restrictions through executive orders.

He added Nigeria to the list of countries on migrant visa restrictions, citing national security concerns.

If re-elected, he plans to limit asylum grants, outlaw ‘sanctuary cities’, expand travel ban with tougher screening for visa applicants, and impose new limits on work visas.

Biden, on the other hand, seeks to expand opportunities for legal immigration, including family and work-based visas as well as access to humanitarian visa programmes, among others.

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch sold to billionaire, Ron Burkle for $22 million

American billionaire Businessman, Ron Burkle has purchased late Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch for $22 million.



The famous Neverland Ranch owned by late popstar, Michael Jackson has been finally sold to popular American billionaire and onetime associate, Ron Burkle for $22 million.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the property was first listed for $100 million in 2015 and subsequently underwent severe price cuts, settling for $31 million last year.

Themoneymetrics gathered that Mr. Jackson made Neverland famous by installing eccentric features like a railroad and an amusement park, which included a Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. He also kept orangutans and an elephant there.

However, since the death of Jackson in 2009, the Neverland ranch has undergone various renovations, including the removal of its famous amusement park

What you should Know:

  • Mr Jackson originally paid about $19.5 million for the ranch in 1987.
  • Amid financial struggles and the inability of Mr Jackson to meet up with his loan obligations backed up by the ranch, a 2008 agreement was reached with Colony Capital- a real-estate investment trust to co-manage the property under a joint venture.
  • The famous ranch which spans about 2,700 acres has 22 buildings, including a 12,000-square-foot mansion. It also has several guesthouses, a swimming pool with a cabana, a basketball court, a tennis court and a 50-seat movie theatre.
  • Findings by Nairametrics reveal that the new buyer, Ron Burkle, an American billionaire is a co-founder and managing partner of Yucaipa Companies, LLC. According to Wikipedia, his net worth is currently estimated at $2 billion.
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US Election: China congratulates Joe Biden

China hopes the incoming administration would work with China in the same direction, going forward.



The Chinese government finally joined the list of world leaders to congratulate the US President-elect, Joe Biden, and his vice, Kamala Harris, on his election victory last week.

This was disclosed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a Bloomberg report on Friday.

What you should know 
Themoneymetrics reported last week that Joe Biden had finally won the 2020 general elections in the United States of America.

Biden, who turns 78 at the end of the month, will become the oldest president of the United States, and its 46th president, ending the era of the republican party being at the helm of affairs.

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated  Joe Biden, saying that his election was a reminder that democracy was the best form of government.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said they had been following the events of the election, and that they respected the decision of the American people.

“We have been following the reaction on this U.S. presidential election from both within the United States and from the international community,”Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, told a newsmen in Beijing.

“We respect the American people’s choice and extend congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris.

“We understand that the result of the U.S. presidential election will be determined following the U.S. laws and procedures.”
China’s congratulations comes days after most of the world congratulated the President Elect, though the incumbent President Trump still contests the results of the November election.

China’s Foreign Ministry added that they hoped the new administration would  work with China in the same direction, going forward.

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Donald Trump bans American investments in companies linked to Chinese military

Trump issued an executive order that bans American companies from investing in Chinese companies.



U.S President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that bans American companies from investing in Chinese companies linked to or controlled by the Chinese military.

This was disclosed by Reuters on Friday and is expected to have an impact on tech companies majorly owned by the Chinese government including Telecom Corp Ltd, China Mobile Ltd and Hikvision.

The order, which goes into effect from the 11th of Janury 2021, prevents American investment funds, Pensions funds and many others from “buying shares of 31 Chinese companies that were designated by the Defense Department as backed by the Chinese military earlier this year.”

American companies will be permitted to make transactions to divest ownership from the banned companies until November 2021.

“China is increasingly exploiting United States capital to resource and to enable the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and other security apparatuses,” the White House said.

Trade Adviser to the White House, Peter Navarro, said the rule would prevent American money from arming China and estimates half a trillion dollars in market capitalization was represented by the Chinese companies and their subsidiaries.

“This is a sweeping order designed to choke off American capital to China’s militarization,” he said.

Some companies affected by the order reported low shares at the stock exchanges, as China Telecom reported that the order would have a negative impact on it share price and it would monitor developments closely. Its shares were down 7.8% in Hong Kong.

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