Prime Minister’s Visit Affirms Commitment Of Barbados Government To Expanding African Ties
According to the Nigerian Tribune, Prime Minister Owen Arthur will lead a delegation from Barbados to take part in Nigeria’s annual Calabar Christmas Carnival. Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke (shown above) and his state government have been working hard to build up the festival and for the first time there will be two official days of celebration.
A Word Of Caution
In this writer’s opinion, the expanding ties between Barbados and Nigeria are natural given the cultural heritage of the majority of Bajan citizens – but this government’s interest in expanded economic and business dealings with a world-renowned corrupt banking system like Nigeria’s is suspect. Many of the traditional money-laundering venues used by corrupt Barbados politicians have been severely limited by post-9/11 security measures. Nigeria is assuming new importance as a money-laundering center and will no doubt attract many of our corrupt government officials.
Don’t forget your passbook, Mr. Prime Minister!
Nigerian Tribune: Calabar Carnival: How Far Can Imoke Go?