Donald Trump refers to Nigerian diaspora in the US as people who do not want to return to their huts

PRESIDENT Donald trump has taunted Nigerians as one set of migrants who never want to return home after visiting the US describing them as people who to return to their huts after seeing America.


It is believed there are about 300,000 Nigerians living in the US, making it one of the largest and most important diaspora communities globally. According to census data, almost 40% of Nigerian Americans hold bachelor's degrees, 17% hold master's degrees and 4% hold doctorates, more than any other ethnic group in the country.


In a meeting held in the Oval Office to discuss immigration, President Trump tongue-lashed countries with a high number of immigrants in the US.  Apart from having a go at Nigerians, he was quoted as saying that immigrants from Haiti all have Aids, while describing Afghanistan as a haven of terrorists.


President Trump was said to be angered by the rising number of immigrants in the US despite his travel bans, describing it as a mockery of his campaign pledge. Earlier in the year, President Trump had issued an executive order banning travellers from six Muslim-majority countries from gaining access to the US.


“More than 2,500 immigrants were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven and Haiti had sent 15,000 people, they all have Aids. Some 40,000 come from Nigeria and once they have seen the United States, they would never go back to their huts in Africa," President trump was reported to have said.


A White House spokesman  confirmed the meeting but, however, denied that President Trump used the words Aids or huts in referring to people from any country. This is not the first time the president has derogatory remarks to refer to non-Americans.