Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders in congratulating Joe Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in the Saturday’s United States election.
Joe Biden has been projected as President-Elect of the United States of America by major news outlets after securing more 270 electoral college votes needed to win the election.
His running mate Kamala Harris who has an African American and Asian American ancestry made history after becoming the first person of colour to hold the second highest position in the United States and also became the first woman to be elected as vice president of the US.
Buhari lauded Biden’s remarkable achievements, calls for cooperation between the two countries and urge for greater coexistence with Africa.
The full statement reads,
“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.
Respect for the will of the people is the very reason why democracy remains the best form of government, despite its limitations from one polity to another, and from one society to another.
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.”
Donald Trump refused to concede defeat, vowed to challenge the results of the Saturday’s in court and warned Joe Biden not to parade himself as the winner of the poll.