The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the American President-Elect, Donald Trump, on his victory at the November 8 presidential poll.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Speaker expressed hopes that the cordial relationship between Nigeria and the United States of Africa would be maintained under the incoming administration.
The speaker noted that Americans have made their choice and that the international community, whatever their preferences, must accept and respect the wishes of the American people.
“The American democratic system has inspired governance in nations across the world, including our system here in Nigeria. Democracy safeguards choice and because of the way in which leaders are chosen, it is also expected to foster understanding. I therefore congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump for being able to secure the required votes and emerged victorious in a keenly contested election.”
“The United States of America has been a priceless ally in Nigeria’s democratic journey, in issues concerning trade, governance and even security. This is something we cherish and we hope that the president-elect will maintain this cordial relationship”, Dogara noted.
The Speaker also hailed Hillary Clinton’s concession call and described the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as a stateswoman who put up a good fight.
Mr. Dogara acknowledged that “Becoming the first woman presidential candidate of a major political party in the United States was in itself no mean achievement which Mrs Clinton has every cause to be eternally proud of.”
Review of Electoral Process
Meanwhile a member House of Representatives from Katsina State, Danlami Kurfi in his reaction urged the Nigerian government to adopt a holistic review of its electoral process to meet an internationally accepted standard.
This will pave way to acceptable elections in the future.
He said “Nigeria and we the politicians must learn from the election especially as regards to placing national interest first and to enhance the use of electronic platform for the exercise, like allowing people to use mobile phones to vote.”
The lawmaker also advocated for more participation of women in politics, given their enormous contribution to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria.