Joe Parkinson, Africa Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, said that some of the key advisors in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government are ‘worried’ over the emergence of Joe Biden as President of the United states in the just concluded elections.
KanyiDaily had reported that Joe Biden won the US 2020 presidential election, denying Donald Trump second tenure in office.
Reacting in a statement issued by his media aide, Buhari said Biden’s win is a significant reminder that democracy is the best form of government.
The Nigerian president said he looked forward to “enhanced cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic and political levels, including especially on the war against terrorism”.
However, in a series of tweets on Sunday, Parkinson said despite Buhari’s congratulatory message to Biden, some of his key advisors were hoping for a Trump victory and are worried because of human rights, #EndSARS protests, and weapon sales.
“Nigeria’s president was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Biden but privately, some of his key advisors were hoping for a Trump victory and are worried. The reasons are quite simple and are linked — human rights, the #EndSARS protests, and weapon sales.”
“This photo was taken in Washington in 2015 when Buhari was toast of the town—the old General’s “new broom” would sweep away corruption and (far more important to US) beat back Boko Haram. It was Biden who actually greeted Buhari at the White House that day before he met Obama…”
“In those meetings Obama promised the Nigerians a bunch of fresh military aid to fight the war & find the Chibok girls (some was made public, much of it not). BUT the US stopped short of giving the Nigerians what they really wanted—attack aircraft—because of human rights concerns.”
“It was the Trump administration—considerably less bothered by human rights issues—who agreed to sell Super Tucanos for $600m and later, attack helicopters, that Nigeria has long hoped would be the game changer in the fight against Boko Haram.That sale—while mostly paid for—is not yet complete.
“Ironically, senior State Department officials were staying at the Abuja Hilton in October to finalise the details while #EndSARS protesters were on the streets in Nigerian cities. And therein lies the problem for Buhari…”
“The Biden campaign released a statement two days before the Trump administration after the military crackdown at Lekki toll gate. It went much further, saying “The US must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating.”
“The heady days of 2015 when Buhari was seen by Obama & Biden as the man who would fight a quick and victorious war against Boko Haram are long gone. The war has metastasised. Northeast Nigeria has become the base of one of Islamic State’s most successful regional franchises—ISWAP.
“So… President Biden may be much less welcoming to Buhari; much more skeptical about selling weapons to Nigeria’s military and much more forthright in criticising any crackdown on protests. That’s why, despite the tweets, some at the top of the Buhari administration are nervous.”
This photo was taken in Washington in 2015 when Buhari was toast of the town—the old General’s “new broom” would sweep away corruption and (far more important to US) beat back Boko Haram. It was Biden who actually greeted Buhari at the White House that day before he met Obama…
— Joe Parkinson (@JoeWSJ) November 8, 2020
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has vowed not concede defeat to Joe Biden, saying the 2020 presidential election was clearly stolen from him by thieves.