Saturday, May 26, 2007
Nigeria's US Ambassador rebuffs AIPAC
George Obiozor, the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States was asked by the head of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) if he would attend its annual gala dinner March 13. AIPAC is the second most important political lobby in the United States, uniting both Democrats and Republicans. Each year they have their Policy Conference. Key American and Israeli elected officials and thinkers addressed the plenary sessions, and the top leadership of Congress was on hand at the Gala Banquet -- a one-of-a-kind celebration which annually draws half of the Senate and a third of the House.
Every major lobbyist in Washington attends as does a large proportion of the diplomatic corps. The head of AIPAC called Obiozor personally to check if he would attend the gala. George promised he would be there and a place was set for him at the main table (Ambassador Obiozor was Nigerian Ambassador to Israel before he came to the US). Obiozor did not show up for the gala. He didn’t call. He sent no message.
The AIPAC officials were embarrassed by Obiozor’s unexplained absence as his place at the head table remained empty. When we asked him why he didn’t go he said “I don’t work for them. Why should I go? Who cares what they think?”
Now, that's the stuff real men are made of!