Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama posted a tweet on Wednesday that showcased the depth of Huawei’s ties in Africa’s largest market and why it is going to be extremely difficult for the United States to get Nigeria or other African countries to abandon the Chinese telecom equipment maker.
It’s highly unusual for a foreign minister of a major country like Nigeria to publicly endorse a private company, especially one as controversial as Huawei. But while the Shenzhen-based company faces considerable skepticism in other parts of the world, Onyeama’s tweet demonstrates that is not the case in Africa — especially in Nigeria.
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