The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.
Atiku made this statement via his official Twitter handle.
The former Vice President expressed confidence that the Biden era will reaffirm the US as the beacon of democracy.
Also, he urged the Biden presidency to strengthen US ties with Nigeria and to help in the country’s war on terror.
Atiku said, “As Joe Biden begins his tenure as the 46th President of the United States of America, I am confident that this new era will mark America’s regeneration and her reaffirmation as the beacon of democracy to the world.
“As I congratulate President Biden and VP Kamala Harris, I urge them and their administration to strengthen US-Nigeria ties and help our beloved nation’s war on terror by providing every type of support required to win our war against the insurgency we face.
“I also look forward to the removal of every travel restriction on Nigerian citizens; in keeping with the good relations that have existed between our two nations; beginning with the July 27, 1961 state visit of our first Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, to President John F. Kennedy; and continuing over the decades since then.
“As the playwright, George Bernard Shaw once said, America and Nigeria are two nations divided by a common language. And millions of Nigerians and I wish to see that relationship sustained to the mutual benefit of both our democratic nations.
“Congratulations once again and may God bless both our nations; and bring about a beneficial tenure for your administration.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President as well as Vice President of the United States of America.
In a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, January 20, Buhari expressed hope; that their presidency would mark a strong point of cooperation and support for Nigeria as well as the African continent.
Buhari congratulated the leaders and the entire country on the successful transition.
According to him, this marks an important historical inflection point for democracy as a system of government; and also for the global community as a whole.
He said: “We look forward to the Biden presidency with great hope and optimism for the strengthening of existing cordial relationships; working together to tackle global terrorism; climate change; poverty; as well as improvement of economic ties, and expansion of trade.
“We hope that this will be an era of great positivity between our two nations; as we jointly address issues of mutual interest.”