- Goodluck Jonathan has joined the list of those who congratulated Joe Biden for winning the US election
- The US president-elect defeated the incumbent, Donald Trump, though the latter is yet to concede defeat
- Jonathan strongly believes Biden will do a fine job having served two terms as vice president during Obama's tenure
A former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has congratulated the US president-elect, Joe Biden, and his vice, Kamala Harris on their victory.
Biden's boyhood state of Pennsylvania gave him the needed 270 electoral votes to trounce President Donald Trump and claim the number one position in the US.
In a congratulatory message shared on his Facebook page, the former Nigerian leader described the election as historic and .futuristic.
Jonathan expressed optimism that Biden will provide national and global leadership that will set the post COVID-19 world on a path of peace and prosperity.
Part of the statement read:
"In a nation much in need of healing, I urge the incoming administration to look beyond party, and be magnanimous in victory, despite the contentious election, and to take all Americans, even those who were against their election, as brothers and sisters from the womb of one Mother, the United States of America."
He further appealed to the incoming US president to look beyond party and take all Americans, even his rival, Donal Trump, as his brothers and sisters.
The former Nigerian leader further urged Biden to cooperate with African countries in helping to bring the deadly coronavirus under control. According to him, this can be achieved by building on existing trade and expanding on new frontiers for cooperation.
He specially hailed Harris for making history as the first woman and first person of African American ancestry to be elected as vice president of the United States. He described her victory as a big a giant leap for the Black Race and the female gender.
Jonathan concluded by praying for the success of Biden and Harris' tenure.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari sent a congratulatory message to Biden earlier.
In a statement released by presidential aide Garba Shehu, the Nigerian president said Biden's win is a significant reminder that democracy is the best form of government.
According to him, what is most fascinating about democracy is people's freedom to choose who they want and the supremacy of their will.
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