Letter to Biden on Tinubu: Keyamo accuses Chimamanda of exhibiting colonial mentality

Bestselling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Festus Keyamo, one of the spokespersons of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, has criticised the Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, over her letter to United States President, Joe Biden, on the 2023 general election.

Keyamo said Adichie’s letter was a reflection of her “colonial mentality and reflection of her ethnic solidarity with the Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 presidential election.

The novelist recetly wrote a letter Biden, advising him not to recognise the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, because, according to her, Tinubu was rigged in.

“A global community for democracy cannot thrive in the face of apathy from its most powerful member.

“Why would the United States, which prioritizes the rule of law, endorse a President-elect who has emerged from an unlawful process?” the renowned novelist stated.

However, Keyami, in a statement, ‘Nigeria’s Burgeoning (Not) Hollow Democracy’, on Friday, April 7, reacted: “In global diplomacy and international relations, Presidents of countries make decisions and take actions about other countries’ affairs (albeit within the limits of sovereignty of States in International Law) based on reports from official and diplomatic sources likely to have been conveyed through well-established channels of communications.

“Long epistles written in flowery or purple prose by bitter supporters of sore losers, posing as ‘concerned citizens’ (but in reality actuated by ethnic politics) do not fall within these official or diplomatic sources.

“It is befuddling that someone often celebrated for using a God-given talent to promote our African values, will so tragically degrade that same ethos by penning a letter that is so petty, so groveling in its tone in urging a single foreign power to withhold a mere congratulatory message to our President-elect as if that is what actually validates our own democratic identity.

“It reflects a pathetic colonial mentality. It is even more ironic to realise that the same foreign power to which the obsequious appeal is directed is still grappling with the credibility of its own internal democratic process that produced its present leadership.

“More tragic is that some rabid supporters here are falling over themselves in deluded ecstasy for such a worthless letter that may not even be considered worthy enough, in a diplomatic sense, for the attention of even a stenographer to an Under Secretary in the US.

“Such only paints the picture of a band of drowning supporters clutching at any straw to stay afloat. As for the empirical fallacies contained in the letter, I will not bother myself here with a lengthy response as enough have been said in the last few weeks in respect of those specific issues and all the issues are before our Justices awaiting adjudication.

“But I have bad news for them: the stenographer will probably toss the letter into a trash bin with the conclusion that it is no more than the tantrums of a Trump reincarnate in Nigeria – those who refuse to accept obvious defeat! Yes, the US has the likes of that writer in their midst too,” Keyamo noted.