President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to Joe Biden as he was announced the President-elect on Saturday, November 7.
Buhari made the congratulatory message via his official Twitter account on Saturday night. In the message he stated that democracy was characterised by the choice and supremacy of the will of the people. He also stated that democracy is the best form of government.
“Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means.
“In a democracy, the most powerful group are not the politicians, but voters who can decide the fate of the politicians at the polling booth. The main fascination of democracy is the freedom of choice and the supremacy of the will of the people.
“President-Elect Biden’s remarkable track record gives us hope that he will add value to the presidency and world affairs. We look forward to greater cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic, political and security levels.
“I urge Mr. Biden to deploy his vast experience in tackling the negative consequences of nationalist politics on world affairs—which have created divisions and uncertainties—and to introduce greater engagement with Africa on the basis of reciprocal respect and shared interests.”
This didn’t go down well with thousands of Nigerians who have taken to Twitter to condemn the message. According to them, Buhari has no right to comment on democracy or even say it was the best form of government because his government is clamping down on the rights of Nigerians who protest or date to speak out.
Some also stated that he was able to issue a congratulatory message within hours but he didn’t address his citizens immediately during the violence after the #EndSARS protests were hijacked.
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