Buhari congratulates Biden, says democracy bows to peoples’ will
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Vice President Joe Biden, on his election as new President of the U.S., saying his election is a testament of the will of the American people.
The congratulatory message was conveyed by his spokesman Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.
The Nigerian leader said “your election is a significant reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means.
”The most powerful group are not the politicians, but voters who can decide the fate of the politicians at the polling booth.”
President Buhari stated that the main fascination of democracy is the freedom of choice and the supremacy of the will of the people.
The President added that “respect for the will of the people is the very reason democracy remains the best form of government, despite its limitations from one polity to another, and from one society to another.
“I am thrilled by the fact that you are an experienced politician who had served as congressman for 40 years and a Vice President for eight years,” Mr. Buhari said. ”This is a remarkable track record that gives us hope that you will add value to the presidency and world affairs.”
The president also noted that, “with your election, we look forward to greater cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic and political levels, including the war against terrorism.”
On international affairs, Buhari urged Mr. Biden to deploy his vast experience in tackling the negative consequences of nationalist politics on world affairs which had created divisions, conflicts and uncertainties.
The Nigerian leader also called on Mr. Biden to promote greater engagement with Africa ”on the basis of reciprocal respects and shared interests”.
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