Femi Fani-Kayode Criticizes Nigeria’s Close Ties with Western Powers, Calls for Improved Relations with Russia


Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has criticized the Nigerian government’s close ties with the United States, the United Kingdom, and other Western superpowers, arguing that it is detrimental to Nigeria’s interests. He expressed concern that this alliance has indirectly affected Nigeria’s relationship with Russia.

During an interview with Arise TV, Fani-Kayode highlighted the impact of Nigeria’s close relationship with the US and the UK, suggesting that it has constrained Nigeria’s interactions with Russia. He pointed out a specific instance during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan when the US, under Barack Obama, refused to sell weapons to Nigeria for its fight against Boko Haram. This, he claimed, forced Nigeria to purchase arms from the black market, while its allies, including Israel, were also prohibited from selling arms to Nigeria.

Fani-Kayode’s criticism comes in the wake of a recent visit he led to the Russian Embassy in Abuja, where he and other Nigerian leaders expressed solidarity and condolences following a terrorist attack in Moscow that resulted in the death of 140 civilians. He emphasized the importance of expressing concerns and condolences for the victims of such attacks.

The former minister’s remarks suggest a desire for Nigeria to diversify its international partnerships and not be overly reliant on its traditional allies in the West. He believes that a closer relationship with Russia could have benefits for Nigeria, particularly in terms of security cooperation and arms procurement.

However, Fani-Kayode’s views are not without controversy, as some may argue that maintaining strong ties with the US and the UK is crucial for Nigeria’s security and economic interests. The extent to which Nigeria should balance its relationships with different global powers remains a subject of debate.

Daily Trust

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