Nigerian-American journalists and public commentators join issues with a challenged writer
Why did Ann Coulter choose to attack Nigerian-Americans? That is the question that must trouble anyone who read her recent article.Entitled “To speak to a Nigerian prince about health care, press ‘1’,” the attention-seeking political opportunist simply could not exercise a little bit of self-control!It would have been unnecessary responding to such an unserious work by a careless writer. But the article relished in a number of factual errors that simply questioned her commitment to truth as a known voice in the public place.For instance no one reading this curious piece would be able to reasonably accept her claim that every level of the Nigerian society is criminal or that you can major in credit card fraud in the University of Lagos!These are incredible, ridiculous and outlandish claims. They are not based on facts, but merely wild allegations that can never be substantiated and should really make Ms. Coulter ashamed of herself, short of her overriding lust to embrace publicity of any kind!Of all the names that she recounted from Justice Department press releases of people convicted of criminal activities, only one name sounds Nigerian, out of the long list. That list represents a broad outlook of differing ethnicities and nationalities present in America and beyond. But Ms. Coulter chose to only malign Nigeria, exposing her crass appetite for the spotlight.We are not unaware that Coulter was following in the footsteps of Senator Ted Cruz, from Texas, who had earlier spoken rather carelessly about Nigerians in his bid to crack a joke over the Obamacare rollout controversy.Well, unknown to Coulter; the writer, Senator Cruz; the politician has written to Nigerians in Houston, Texas regretting his statements and trying to build a rapport with Nigerian-Americans in that State.Knowing the level of self-indulged ignorance that the ilk of Coulter normally clutches to, no one should expect her to retract her clumsy claims, or even provide proofs.But we should be obliged to, at least, educate her as to the facts which should cure her from her self-inflicted illiteracy on the place of Nigerian-Americans in this great land of the free and the home of the brave.Only two months ago, a leading Nigerian-American group, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN celebrated several Nigerian-Americans who are upstanding members, even outstanding achievers in their various callings in life here.For instance CANAN celebrated Prof Augustine Esogbue, the only African who served on NASA’s Advisory Board, Judge Bunmi Awoniyi, a Nigerian-American who is today a Superior Judge in California, Dr. Ola Akinboboye, the President of the Association of Black Cardiologists, here in the US, and Mr. Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, the first black man to become the valedictorian at John Hopkins University, among several others.Besides, maybe we should remind Coulter that a Nigerian-American by the name of Bayo Ogunlesi heads an investment firm Global Infrastructure Partners, GIP, a company that today manages a $15 billion joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. GIP with US$8.25 billion in investor capital commitments, is the largest independent infrastructure fund in the world to date.Coulter had better pay attention to another fact, that Nigerian-Americans, based on US official census and analysis by American academics, are the most educated of any group in the US! A no-less influential newspaper in this country, Houston Chronicle has reported on this fact.These are the facts that expose Coulter’s chicanery and shenanigans.Therefore, the issue is not whether “Nigerian immigrants have German-style rectitude and are very honest about reporting all of their income to the government,” as Coulter wrote in arrant but empty, boastful attitude.The issue is that Nigerian-Americans have paid, and are paying their dues as worthy citizens in our new homes. But not only that, we are among the best in this blessed God’s own country. And we are proud of it, regardless of what naysayers and some few celebrated but incompetent writers like Coulter chooses to believe!Now your guess is as good as ours, why she chose to attack Nigerians-Americans!