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Thank you President Barack Obama


US President Barack Obama / AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY

US President Barack Obama / AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY

Sir: Since November 8, 2016, just like others, I have been very emotional to even listen to the news or post anything about the last general elections like I used to do in the media (I have been busy watching Nigerian movies, reading and writing). But having accepted the controversial results of the weirdest elections in the United States, the people’s choice must be respected in the spirit of participatory democracy, and the continued exceptionalism of the United States.

You have done your best and posterity will be on your side as Americans open a new chapter in their history.

Conscientious Nigerians appreciate your administration’s goodwill gestures for standing by us throughout the 2015 general elections in my beloved country – Nigeria. Your good gesture was part of what averted another civil war in our beleaguered country.


Thank you for all you have done to stop the war all across the world.
Particularly, for digging us out of chronic economic recession in 2008.
Though, some of us did not agree with some controversial policies of your administration, but your leadership quality is second to none. You have always believed that war can never be the first solution to national and international disagreements but a last resort when the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country are threatened or endangered. I join millions of people in the United States and all across the world to say THANK YOU for your love.

Just like other families, my family looks forward to that opportunity to meet you as a private citizen and family; and to rejoice with your family and the American people for the glamour and honour you have brought to the White House.

You have made history and we have benefited immensely from your resilience and intelligence, coolness, candour and peaceful approach to solving global problems. I look forward to listening to your historic farewell address if my emotion and feeling will be able to contain it.

Predictably, with your quintessential persona, your farewell address will reassure the world that war is not a means to an end but an end to itself.

Mutual respect, fundamental human rights and the need for a peaceful world will be your watchword, even, as a private citizen. We will sorely miss you.
Yahaya Balogun,
Arizona, USA.

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