Editor's note: In this piece, former Nigerian aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode writes that it is not yet over even as Joe Biden, Democratic Party presidential candidate, has been projected as the winner of the 2020 U.S presidential election. Fani-Kayode also queried why some Nigerians do not like President Donald Trump.
After watching the massive MAGA rally in Washington on 14th November 2020, Mr. Oluyemi Olubunmi Adeleye wrote the following,
"Your rally yesterday was great! Giant crowd, positive energy, and enthusiasm! This should be the beginning of a new revolution against corruption and fraud in the presidential election! Rallies and giant crowds are important! You are strong President Trump! Most people love you and support you.
Looking at the giant crowds, parades, and rallies that were supporting you all over the country, I've seen positive energy, love, and support that I've never seen before! I've never seen an American President that is so popular both in the US and around the world! You are not just a president but a real leader! Keep fighting, President Trump! We are all behind you! Make America Great Again! I trust that you will win!"
Yemi has echoed my sentiments and he has spoken very well. I too believe that President Donald J. Trump will be back in the White House regardless of what we see and hear. This is because I have faith in God's word and promise and I believe in the ultimate triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness.
Yet it really does not matter which way the American presidential election finally goes, what the Supreme Court will say when the matter is argued before them and who will be sworn in as President on January 20th, 2021.
Whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump eventually becomes the 46th President of the United States of America the following facts and assertions are still relevant and need to be explored and considered.
Most Biden supporters in Nigeria are not capable of reading more than three lines on any given day or any given topic but I would urge them to try and read this rather long contribution to the end and learn a thing or two about their preferred candidate and themselves. For the purpose of clarity, I have broken the essay into three parts. This is part 1. Relax, fasten your seatbelts, fly with me and enjoy the ride!
Permit me to begin with a quote that reflects the mindset of a typical Biden supporter. An anonymous commentator on the Suzan Ade-Coker-led Facebook Group known as Rant HQ asked the following questions:
"Nigerians living in Nigeria who are Trump supporters, please give me one logical reason why you want Trump to win, asides from what your pastor told you (that Trump is saving Christianity and Biden is an Antichrist). It's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! What has Trump done to influence your continent asides from being a proud racist? Why do you want Trump in?
Millions of Americans both black, white and brown don't even want him in. But some misguided pastors were organizing rallies for him: is there something I'm missing? What manner of clownery is this?"
Shallow thinking indeed and the questions are as asinine as they are foolish. If only this pitiful soul had done his research and cultivated the presence of mind to know that there is far more to Trump than he is suggesting and that he did plenty for us in Nigeria he would be a much happier person and a more grounded intellectual.
They say that nine times out of ten the people that try to harm and destroy you are those that you helped in the past and that you gave succour and support to in their time of crisis and need.
Sadly this is a fact and nothing confirms it more than the way in which many Nigerians are now insulting President Donald J. Trump given what he has done for them in the past and the way he confronted President Muhammadu Buhari during a state visit at the White House and told him that the state-sponsored killings and targetting of our civilian population by government forces, Islamist militias, and terrorist organisations had to stop.
After that episode Trump's support base in Nigeria surged and, according to a survey which I read in the Guardian Newspaper, no less than 50% of the Nigerian people became hard-line Trumpians and ardent supporters of the American president.
Nigerian Christians particularly appreciated these interventions from the most powerful man in the world and it certainly made a difference. As a matter of fact, it helped to save many lives.
Though the result of the election is yet to be formally announced and despite the fact that many are of the view that, due to the allegations of rigging, Trump is going to remain in office and eventually be declared the winner, the supporters of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Nigeria have done nothing but subject those of us that support Trump to insults, ridicule, curses, abuse, psychological trauma, and literary terrorism ever since November 3rd simply because CNN, NBC, BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, and virtually all the other mainstream media houses and international television networks have thrown caution to the wind and erroneously declared their preferred candidate as the winner.
They forget that 73 million Americans voted for Trump, which is the highest number of votes that any sitting president has ever received in American history and they overlook the fact that the results of the election have not been officially declared or formally certified by the relevant authorities.
More importantly, they forget that Trump has refused to concede for good reason and that he has gone to court to dispute some of the results in a few of the crucial swing states.
Worse still despite the fact that the matter is far from over, the boastful and arrogant claims of victory and the gratuitous insults from the Biden cheerleaders in Nigeria continue to flow all over the traditional and social media wherever and whenever anyone voices support for Trump.
This is especially so where they dare to say that they believe that in the end Trump will prevail and be declared the winner.
That is the level of tyranny and fascism with which the Biden/Harris, lunatic/liberal/left tendency has infected the minds and hearts of their ignorant and excitable supporters in Nigeria. They are like the Roman mob in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: easily manipulated and as thick as two short planks.
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