By Deji Elumoye
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has canvassed for the support of the United States President, Joe Biden, for Nigeria to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2023.
He also congratulated Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, on their electoral victory which the American people validated through the nation’s ever vibrant and resilient democratic institutions.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, Frank commended Biden for his phone call to a Nigerian-American family in which he appreciated the role played by Nigerians in his poll victory and his eventual inauguration as President.
According to him, “the call shows that Biden has the interest of Nigerians and by extension Africans at heart.”
He therefore called on Biden to take a stronger interest in Nigeria by helping her to build stronger and better democratic institutions capable of checkmating insecurity, tyranny, oppression, intimidation, rigging, electoral fraud and violence in Nigeria come 2023, just like American institutions had done to uphold his victory.
The activist urged Nigerian security agencies, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Judiciary to learn from their U.S. counterparts who despite the circumstances that surrounded the American elections, rather pledged their loyalty to the constitution and remained neutral.
He said the refusal of the electoral stakeholders in America to be hood-winked by the immediate past American President, Donald Trump, had further strengthened the position of America as the defender of democracy and freedoms around the world.
Frank expressed confidence that Biden and Harris would further strengthen American democracy and lead the country to combat official lawlessness and ensure freedom of speech in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
He lauded Biden for speaking out for Nigerian youth following violent crackdown against them by security forces during the #EndSARS protests and his call during the period on the United States to stand with Nigerians who were peacefully demonstrating for police reforms and seeking an end to corruption in the country.
According to him, Biden should take more than a passing interest in Nigeria by ensuring that those responsible for #LekkiMassacre and every form of police brutality are brought to justice.
His words: “We urge the American Government, under Biden, to help bring to justice security operatives responsible for the #LekkiMassacre during the #EndSARS protests as well as help to stop the continuous harassment of those who partook in the peaceful demonstrations by agents of the Buhari regime.
“America must also help Nigeria to apprehend, prosecute, jail and ban looters in the Buhari administration who are now searching for safe haven to hide their ill-gotten wealth.”