In a diplomatic move that has stirred debate and raised eyebrows, US President Joe Biden congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his reelection victory while refraining from extending the same recognition to Nigerian politician Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was declared the winner of the 2023 Nigerian Presidential Election amid allegations of electoral irregularities.
Joe Biden, in a tweet, said, “Congratulations to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on his re-election.
I look forward to continuing to work together as NATO allies on bilateral issues and shared global challenges.”
There is a widespread belief that Biden’s decision to remain silent on offering congratulations is connected to Tinubu’s drug case in the United States. Additionally, allegations of irregularities and claims of a rigged outcome marred the Nigerian Presidential Election, which Tinubu allegedly won using fraudulent means.
Multiple international observers and domestic opposition figures have voiced their concerns over the transparency of the election process and the credibility of the results. President Biden’s silence on Tinubu’s victory has led to speculation that the US administration may be taking a more cautious approach, waiting for further investigations or evidence before making a definitive statement.
The contrasting responses have sparked debates among political analysts and activists, with some arguing that the United States should consistently promote democratic values and transparency, regardless of its geopolitical interests. Others suggest that geopolitical considerations, such as maintaining alliances and partnerships, can sometimes influence the US government’s stance on election outcomes.
As the controversy unfolds, pressure is mounting on the US administration to clarify its position on the Nigerian election.
Critics argue that a strong and unequivocal stance on electoral integrity is vital to maintaining the credibility of democratic processes globally.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, supporters of the opposition party and those calling for transparency are eagerly awaiting international responses, hoping for increased scrutiny and support from the international community as they challenge the legitimacy of the election results.
Meanwhile, instead of having the US Secretary of State grace the Nigerian Presidential Inauguration billed for today, Biden resolved to send the country’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge.