one time back in the day
.. if my memory serves ..
the CANADA President? i.e the President? of Canada offered to come to Nigeria and address the senate or so.

NIGERIA refused.
the Nigeria SENATE refused.

NIGERIA and the Nigeria SENATE opted instead that Bill Clinton, President of USA should come to Nigeria and address the Nigeria SENATE.

this was around the time President Olusegun Obasanjo had become Civilian President of Nigeria after coming out of prison where he had been jailed by General Sanni  Abacha on allegations of being involved in a coup-plot effort or so.

[ some reference links :
(1) https://reuters.screenocean.com/record/237929
(2) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/aug/26/chrismcgreal
(3) https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/27/world/clinton-in-nigeria-to-show-support-for-civilian-rule.html ]

if my memory serves correctly,
CANADA was upset.
and moved the CANADA HIGH COMMISSION away from NIGERIA to GHANA.

after some years, probably considering the severe difficulties ordinary Nigerians were going through getting relevant stuff done with CANADA and the CANADA HIGH COMMISSION, CANADA mellowed down and returned the HIGH COMMISSION to NIGERIA.
( … if my memory serves correctly … )

perhaps, also, the Nigerians who had studied e.g at University in Canada in places like Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Ontario, etc, pleaded on behalf of NIGERIA.

however, let’s look at this together.

what type of international relations did Nigeria display there ?
what type of international relations is Nigeria displaying there ?

what type of international diplomacy did Nigeria display there ?
what type of international diplomacy did Nigeria display there ?

what type of signal did Nigeria send to the world community there ?
what type of signal is Nigeria sending to the world community there ?

a whole ruler .. a whole leader .. a whole president ..
of one of the G-7 group of countries
says he wants to address your SENATE
and your country refuses ???

a whole ruler .. a whole leader .. a whole president ..
of one of the leading countries in the world
says he wants to address your SENATE
and your country refuses ???

and you don’t even have
the courtesy
the good manners
the politeness
the simple display of respect and honour to whom honour is due
to

(re-?)schedule things so that after President Clinton of USA addresses the NIGERIA SENATE, maybe one month later or 2 weeks later, the CANADA PRESIDENT will address the NIGERIA SENATE

you just refuse point-blank.
you just refuse and say that you don’t want him to address you.

what type of thing is that ?
what type of behaviour is that one ?

and then one also remembers that rumour that went about in 1979 ( or was it 1978? ) rumouring that
CANADA had of their own free-will and on their own volition given Nigeria an offer
that

● CANADA would supply lots of trains, engines and passenger coaches to Nigeria FREE
● CANADA would build NEW RAIL LINES to cities in Nigeria not yet linked to the Railway Grid FREE
● CANADA would convert all existing rail lines in Nigeria from the existing OBSOLETE NARROW GAUGE TRACK to the STANDARD GAUGE TRACK

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and Nigeria had
… in Nigeria’s sometimes very difficult to understand wisdom …  
not accepted the offer
and opted INSTEAD
to
pay .. yes, pay { yes, spend/use Nigeria money to pay  instead of getting good stuff free }
RITES of INDIA ( you read that right – chose? INDIA over CANADA )
for a 2? year period from 1979? to 1981? to oversee and manage the Nigeria Railways under some sort of management contract / management consultancy contract / management arrangement.

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NIGERIA should really display pragmatism and acumen when dealing with the international community.

there is something called relationship building.

countries around the world are struggling to develp a good relationship with a leading country like CANADA and then the same CANADA seeks to address your SENATE and you refuse

the same CANADA offers you TRAINS FREE ( according to rumours ) and you refuse

it is either you simply cannot see the benefits in having, maintaining and continously building a good relationship with CANADA
or
something is .. or must be .. wrong with you
or
something is up somewhere that is not known in the public space

either way, NIGERIA needs to practice RELATIONSHIP BUILDING in
its
interactions with important persons from other nations


and therefore also in
its
international relations
diplomacy
international diplomacy

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By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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