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Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by AnonPoet: 8:28am On Feb 07
What Trump’s Impeachment Trial could teach Nigeria

After a long wait, the jury has come out with a verdict– President Donald Trump would not be removed from office. This brings to end months of nightmares for Trump who faced a major onslaught to boot him out of office. Lucky for him, his Republican-dominated Senate acquitted him on all charges leveled against him and wrote-off his impeachment by the Democrats dominated House of Representatives.

For three weeks, the US Senate entertained fierce arguments from House of Representatives managers and Trump’s counsels on what turned out to become a divisive issue in that country politics. The Democrats are adamant that Trump “abused office and obstructed Congress” from its legitimate duty and threw its numerical advantage at the House of Representatives to impeach him from office.

But that victory was short-lived as Republicans queued behind Trump at the Senate and ensured that the president was not removed from office. It was not unexpected given the partisan line in which the votes at the House of Representatives followed. Democrats wanted Trump gone but Republicans said no, he’s staying.

That shows the intricacies of US politics and how the two main parties are pushing hard to be at an advantage in an election. Even though the impeachment trial ended with Trump’s acquittal and continuous stay in office, the process that threatened his office offers some lessons to Nigeria.

But first, we need to go back to how it all began. It began with a whistleblower, whose identity is still largely unknown, filing a complaint against Trump concerning his interactions with Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Probably scorned by some lines in the exchanges between the two leaders, worried about the implications on the country’s electioneering process and driven by a sense of duty, he turned in the information to his superior. Suggesting how ‘urgent’ his concerns were in “accordance with the procedures outlined in 50 U.S.C. §3033(k)(5)(A),” the whistleblower divulged to House Chairmen Richard Burr and Adam Schiff “information from multiple U.S Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S election.”

That is something unthinkable! The whistleblower was faced with two choices– to conceal whatever he believed was an abuse of power in the conversation Trump had with his Ukrainian President or turn in the information as demanded by his oath of office– but he chose the latter.

Well, that’s not something unusual in the US, yet, it is the thing I find most interesting in the whole impeachment brouhaha. Many reasons abound for my interest and I would try to point them out bit-by-bit. The sense of duty shown by the whistleblower is encouraging and the push by Democrats, even when they are well aware they stood no chance, is another courageous move.

So true that presidents, not to talk of a US president, wields enormous power but the difference which the US has shown with the scenario that ignited the impeachment of Trump at the House of Representatives and the strong attempt for his removal at a later trial in the Senate, is their accountability mechanism.

This is a rare feature in most African countries, including Nigeria, where leadership is hardly questioned. Oftentimes, we’re treated to scenarios where those who should ensure accountability shielded elected leaders from scrutiny and make them somewhat ‘invisible’. In fact, what you consistently see here is struggle to please the president and a sharp disconnect from the duty to the country.

While a President is considered the head of a government, he’s not above board and has a set standard he must not cross. That was the understanding shown by the whistleblower when he filed a complaint against Trump. The whistleblower was convinced that Trump acted wrongly by trying to pressure a foreign country to probe a potential rival in November’s election.

That it could not result in the removal of Trump is something entirely different because the most important objective was served. The trials, right from the House of Representatives to the Senate, passed a strong message to Trump that his excesses could no longer be ignored. Even more important is that the process posed as a strong check to Trump’s mistake of immunity for ‘invisibility’.

Though Democrats failed in its objective to remove Trump, it succeeded in passing “a pretty big lesson” on the president as mentioned by Senator Susan Collins. She was certain “that the president (Trump) has learned from this case” and went on to point out that “The president has been impeached”– a development she “believes that he will be much more cautious in the future.”

From the whole episode, one thing is so clear and that’s American dedication to duty. We saw that with the whistleblower, who against all odds, fulfilled his duty by reporting the information; we saw it with Congress exerting its constitutional power to put the president on trial, and we saw it with the press dedicated their airtime to keep citizens informed.

Oke Umurhohwo is a Political Analyst and Strategist. He tweets via @OkeStalyf and can be reached via oke.umu@gmail.com
https://ourdailywire.com/what-realdonaldtrumps-impeachment-trial-could-teach-nigeria-by-oke/

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Patrioticman007(m): 8:51am On Feb 07
That Dumb Trump has scaled his scandals not because he is innocent, but because he has majority of buffoons in the Senate. However I pity Nigerians that are supporting this devil incarnate, for Dumb Trump, Nigeria is a shithole its doesn't matter you're a Muslim or Christian, the immigrants visa ban is just a tip of an iceberg.

The world capitalist capital will continue to exploit us economically just like they did during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in the 1600's down to coming of Christianity with her Colonial Husband the Union Jack ( "They asked us to close our eyes & pray, when we opened back our eyes, we had the bible but our land were gone" O. Daniel. 1911). These neocolonialist will keep using their divide & rule tactics on Nigerians till we understand there is no free meal in free town. Those who know, know.

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Slawormir: 8:51am On Feb 07
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Who cares
Donald trump and Americans can go fuckkk themselves

Urchman200:
while u ass lick Mr clueless?
My nigggar
I'm educated and also a real niggarrr
So i have a good sense of reasoning any day anytime twice on Friday morning

Damnnnnn.....What a nice morning. Although i woke up at the right side of the bed but let me drag some weed so i can be up and doing

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by solmus: 8:52am On Feb 07
cool



For trump who couldnt win popular vote against Hilary Clinton even with all her scandals and had to depend on electoral collage, now that Pelosi had succeeded in painting him black and opening his yansh to the world, i wonder how he would rig himself in against sanders or bidden, with Democrats winning more states at the midterm election to clinch majority in the House

not to forget he has issues with the chinese comuinity , the Arabs , the Africans especially Nigerians, the muslims , the blacks, the feminist, people on welfare system that he wants to cut

.

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Nairalandguru: 8:53am On Feb 07
Ok
Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Young6x1: 8:53am On Feb 07
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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by TOPCRUISE(m): 8:54am On Feb 07
Where is the lesson. Are APC not behind buhari. If PDP tells Buhari to resign because there is rampant terrorism, kidnapping and insecurity will APC tell Buhari to accede to such resignation demand

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by myHealer: 8:54am On Feb 07
Wow
Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Urchman200: 8:54am On Feb 07
Slawormir:
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Who cares
Donald trump and Americans can go fuckkk themselves
while u ass lick Mr clueless?
Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by obicoself(m): 8:55am On Feb 07
Trump our man of the season!

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by arsenal33: 8:55am On Feb 07
A disgraceful trial where witnesses were not allowed. Nigerians should not copy such nonsense

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by dante0147: 8:56am On Feb 07
G.O.A.T #trump2020

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by CapitalHYC(m): 8:57am On Feb 07
Hmm.. This write-up doesn't look a good one enough .. Too Lame, Write better next time

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Nathdoug201: 8:57am On Feb 07
Stop writing rubbish..
It will tell Nigeria nothing..
The north keep dragging us back everyday

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Kendumazy(m): 8:57am On Feb 07
OK
Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Originality007: 8:57am On Feb 07
Patrioticman007:
That Dumb Trump has scaled his scandals


U are still pained

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by chuksonu(m): 8:59am On Feb 07

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:59am On Feb 07
......and Trump scaled through......

God bless America.

God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by nepapole(m): 9:00am On Feb 07
Wetin concern nigeria?
Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by ClintonNzedimma(m): 9:00am On Feb 07
solmus:
cool



For trump who couldnt win popular vote against Hilary Clinton even with all her scandals and had to depend on electoral collage, now that Pelosi had succeeded in painting him black and opening his yansh to the world, i wonder how he would rig himself in against sanders or bidden, with Democrats winning more states at the midterm election to clinch majority in the House

not to forget he has issues with the chinese comuinity , the Arabs , the Africans especially Nigerians, the muslims , the blacks, the feminist, people on welfare system that he wants to cut

.
This is 2020, Trump doesn’t need to be woke to win

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by Nobody: 9:02am On Feb 07
I LOVE YOU DONALD Trump

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by solmus: 9:02am On Feb 07
ClintonNzedimma:

This is 2020, Trump doesn’t need to be woke to win

have you check the polls

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by MzMercie: 9:05am On Feb 07
Well said OP
Most times, many of our elected officials are persons with questionable characters. Their past will certainly be used against them by the presidency, therefore, they prefer to be dummies and do the biding of the presidency. For instance, the recent call for the resignation of the president by Senator Abaribe, Garba Shehu tried to hunt him with the issue of Nnamdi Kanu showed the reality of politics in Nigeria.

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by NigeriaBam: 9:05am On Feb 07
My hand no dey there
Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by allthingsgood: 9:08am On Feb 07
The only thing I learnt from this is that US politicians crave power above all else. I mean, even before the impeachment was sent to their senate, Republicans who are majority already said they will vote to acquit trump. So what's the point. Nancy pelosi tried to ensure fairness, but at the end of the day majority won.

Bottom line, u can do as u please so long as u have power

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by allthingsgood: 9:08am On Feb 07
CHIZZYCOMPLEX:
I LOVE YOU DONALD Trump

He hates u, blackie

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Re: Oke Umurhohwo: What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria by allthingsgood: 9:09am On Feb 07
Nathdoug201:
Stop writing rubbish..
It will tell Nigeria nothing..
The north keep dragging us back everyday

U are the one driving us back with ur hateful racist comments

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