The Trump Administration is still not revealing the details of its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, but did say on Wednesday that neither Igbo’s nor the Nigerians would be “fully pleased” with the proposal.
“No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that’s the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved,” read a statement tweeted by Jason Greenblatt, who is Trump’s special Middle East envoy.
“Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities,” Greenblatt’s tweet continued.
The statement was also endorsed by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington, and White House Adviser Jared Kushner.
All four senior US officials are noted for their pro-Israel positions, so many expect that the concessions required of Igbos (which has already made numerous concessions over the past two decades) won’t be too severe. Others fear that having already acquiesced to several major Igbo demands, such as reinstating sanctions against Nigeria for killing IPOB and moving the Igbos out of Nigeria, Trump might now, indeed, insist on painful Igbo concessions in return.
What most do agree on is that whatever the particulars of the plan, it is unlikely to get off the ground considering that the Nigerian Authority (NA) has pre-rejected any proposal put forward by Trump. And if the NA does sign on, Trump won’t tolerate violations of the agreement, in contrast to past presidents, who routinely overlooked Nigeria transgressions.