Some leaders in Africa have congratulated US President-elect, Joe Biden following his victory in the US Presidential elections.
After the polls showed the Democratic candidate had crossed the threshold of 270 electoral college votes on Saturday, African leaders began sending their congratulatory messages to the new man who will run America.
Their acknowledgement of Joe Biden’s victory comes amid refusal by incumbent President Donald Trump to concede defeat. He claims the electoral process was marred by gross irregularities and fraud, and is taking legal action.
However, Mr. Trump and his campaign have failed to provide any evidence of these claims.
What have African leaders been saying?
Most of the leaders on the continent took to Twitter, expressing their support for Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. They also pledged to collaborate with the new administration.
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya and South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa said in separate tweets, that they were ready to strengthen the friendship between their countries and the US.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said Joe Biden’s election was “a reminder that democracy is the best form of government,” adding that Biden’s “track record gives us hope that he will add value to the presidency and word affairs.”
For his part, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni appealed on President-elect Joe Biden, to maintain the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This trade act favours the quota and tax-free exportation of some African goods to the US.
Leaders from other countries like Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Niger, Liberia, Namibia, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Somalia have equally sent their well wishes.
What the Biden Victory Means for Africa
A good number of Africans are happy that power is changing hands in America. Some see former Vice President Joe Biden as the man who will bring the desired change.
Some Africans greatly opposed outgoing President Donald Trump and some of his policies. The height of their opposition to Trump came after the US President allegedly called black countries “s…hole” nations in 2018.
He received a lot of backlash in Africa, thereby upsetting his support on the continent.
Trump was also criticized recently, for allegedly calling anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela “no leader.” The allegations were found in a book released by Mr. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.
Cohen quoted President Trump as saying “Mandela f—d the whole country up. Now it’s a s—hole. F—Mandela. He was no leader.”
These words were enough to pit South Africans against the American leader. To them, it was a denigration of a man considered to be global icon; a hero.
Now, the continent hopes for a morally upright American leader; one who respects democratic principles, and who will recognise the strength of Africa.
Some countries like Zimbabwe hope to see economic sanctions heaped on them by the US, dropped under the Biden administration. Other countries across Africa hope to boost trade, diplomatic and security cooperation between their nations and America’s new leadership.
Well, these hopes can only come to fruition, if President Donald Trump and his campaign team lose their electoral lawsuits in court.