Nigeria’s Senate President congratulates Donald Trump

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Bukola Saraki

President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has congratulated the U.S. President-Elect Mr. Donald Trump, on his remarkable victory in the 2016 national election in the United States.

Senator Saraki also applauded Mr. Trump’s perseverance throughout the electioneering period, and his courteous acceptance of the congratulatory phone call by closest rival, Mrs. Hilary Clinton.

The Senate President issued this message of congratulations in a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday in Abuja. According to him, the victory of Mr. Trump is a victory for democracy not only for the Americans but the global community.

A part of the statement reads, “Mr. Trump persevered through a very challenging Republican primary election cycle, where he defeated sixteen (16) professional and well-organized candidates.  While many career politicians tried to write off Mr. Trump’s candidacy as a long shot, he stuck to his positions and controlled the daily media messaging like no other candidate in the history of American Presidential campaigns.

Additionally, I must commend Mr. Trump for his gracious and courteous acceptance of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s phone call to concede the election.  He recognizes that Secretary Clinton ran a courageous contest and was perhaps the most qualified candidate for President in decades.  

Having worked with Mrs. Clinton as a champion of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, I can personally attest to her hard work and dedication to the less fortunate in our society.  Secretary Clinton would have been a tremendous leader and we will all miss her dedication and commitment to public service.”

New working relationship

The Senate President said he would be happy to work with the elected American President to advance the existing relationship between the two countries, expressing the hope that the victory would enable Mr. Trump to re-unite those divided by election issues.

“I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump to continue the strong U.S.-Nigeria relationship and to address our mutual interest in defeating global terror networks, rooting out corruption and strengthening the institutions of governance.  

Mr. Trump’s years of being a private sector leader can be invaluable to Nigeria as we work to restructure and diversify our economy.  It is important for the private sector here to have a larger role in expanding our economic base, creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship.  In these areas, I am sure he will be able to serve as a strong partner.

It is my hope and prayer that the United States can move beyond this election and heal the divisions that divide that great nation.  Mr. Trump has an opportunity to be a unifying force and I believe his humble acceptance speech was a great beginning,” the statement concluded.