Nigerian have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s congratulatory message to Joe Biden, US president-elect.

They took to social media to knock the President for lecturing Biden on democracy due to his government’s lack of respect for citizens’ rights.

Biden was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election after results from Pennsylvania meant his lead was now unassailable by President Donald Trump.

According to Buhari, the former US vice president’s election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government.

He said, “Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means.

“President-Elect Biden’s remarkable track record gives us hope that he will add value to the presidency and world affairs. We look forward to greater cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic, political and security levels.”

In reaction, Nigerians took to Twitter to criticise the President.

@AkOluwa; “I agree! Since we are talking about democracy and the will of the people, how have you fared in respecting the will of the people? How have you respected freedom of peaceful assembly and association? Have you even read the constitution of the country you lead?.”

@dandyned; “Will of the people? Yet peaceful protesters are being arrested and their accounts frozen, we’re yet to know what exactly their crimes are. Is this a democracy coz the actions of this government towards the common citizens (your countrymen) does not depict democracy?”

FannyFacsar; “Odd times: Nigerian President ‪#Buhari‬ reminding the world, with that ‪@realDonaldTrump‬, about democracy being “the best form of government.” Remark by ‪#EndSARS‬ protesters: democracy in Nigeria yes up until the government decides to end protests against police brutality.”

@Flakes_ff; “Funny you should say this. During your time as President, you have stifled the voice of the people. You talk about democracy and the power of the people to make change happen but what we have is a dictatorship, oppression, abuse of human rights and hardship.”

@OgbeniDipo: “But peaceful protesters were harassed and killed in Nigeria. Passport was seized. CBN blocked accounts of alleged protest organisers. Don’t lecture us about democracy. We don’t enjoy that under you. No one wants a change of government. Just do what is right by young people.”

‪@AyanfeOfGod; “‬Say an ex-coup plotter than once truncated democratic govt. Says a President in whose country peaceful ‪#EndSARS‬ protesters were killed, and the accounts of protest leaders were frozen. Say a leader of the government that wants to censor social media to silence dissenting voices.”

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