A former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has defended the immigration policy of United States president, Donald Trump, saying that such a policy in Nigeria would prevent killer herdsmen from entering the country.
He stated that he would adopt a similar policy to that of Trump if he was the President of Nigeria.
Fani-Kayode, who spoke on Tuesday in a PUNCH Facebook Live Interview, said that who becomes the president of US will have a very huge impact on Nigeria.
The former minister also said that the criticisms of Trump were unfair, stating that everything Trump does is to protect the interest of the American people.
He said, “Whatever happens there will affect Africa and Nigeria generally. In a country like ours where we have Boko Haram, the world-leading terrorist organisation, according to international terror index; Fulani herdsmen, the fourth world-leading terrorist organisation, according to the same organisation; where you have the Islamic State West Africa Province; where you have SARS protests or anti-SARS protests, it is very important that we know that the most powerful man in the world has a vested interest in what is going on in our country.
“For us in Nigeria, who will help us with Boko Haram? Who will help us with ISWAP? Who will help us mount pressure on our government to do something about Fulani herdsmen? You need to have the most powerful man in the world showing interest in Nigeria.”
“He may be introducing policies that affect some people more than others, in terms of wanting to keep his country for his people and make his country great again. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I would do the same if I was the president of Nigeria. I would build walls, keep people out from coming in.
“These are immigration policies and he (Trump) said it that he didn’t want people coming in. The broader policy for me makes a lot of sense which is that we don’t want people coming in illegally.
“If we have a policy like that in Nigeria, we wouldn’t have Fulanis coming into our borders throughout the north to come and kill our people in Katsina, Zamfara and kill our people in Sokoto. If we have a good immigration policy, we won’t have that,” he stated.