President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria would be looking forward to the support of the United States in the war against terror when Joe Biden assumes office.
Biden was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election after results from Pennsylvania meant his lead was now unassailable by President Donald Trump.
In his congratulatory message, Buhari said Biden was coming “at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs”.
“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,” Buhari said in a press statement issued by his media office.
Nigeria has been fighting Boko Haram terrorism since 2009, with tens of thousands killed and about 2.3 million displaced.
Buhari urged Biden to deploy his “vast experience” in tackling the negative consequences of nationalist politics on world affairs which have created divisions, conflicts and uncertainties.
He said Biden should “introduce greater engagement with Africa” on the basis of “reciprocal respects and shared interests”.
“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,” he said, adding that “the most powerful group are not the politicians, but voters who can decide the fate of the politicians at the polling booth.
“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. This is a remarkable track record that gives us hope that you will add value to the presidency and world affairs.”