We’re trying to gauge reactions to Donald Trump’s election win from African leaders. It’s a mixed bag so far. Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told a BBC interviewer that she was saddened and concerned about Trump’s win.
“I’m worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa. I’m worried about investment and the special programs that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him, and we just don’t know what the policy towards Africa will be.”
But Sirleaf seems to be the rare African leader expressing concerns.
Muhammadu Buhari probably thought he was being fairly innocuous when he congratulated Trump on behalf of the people of Nigeria
On behalf of the Govt and people of Nigeria, I congratulate President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his victory in the US presidential election.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 9, 2016
But Nigerians on Twitter made it known that they were not to be spoken for.
On behalf of which people?? Shey we told you to say anything?? You won’t face your work https://t.co/pb1pSOkJHM
— Tonte (@tontebriggs) November 9, 2016
— Blessed Child (@Skiwo) November 9, 2016
— Respect™ (@pelumy25) November 9, 2016
— Hambal ameen (@hambal_ameen) November 9, 2016
— Indiana Jenkins (@Nomad_Zim) November 9, 2016
Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who is running for re-election offered his congratulations to Trump while reminding the president elect of America and Somalia’s mutual security goals in the Horn of Africa Region. He also tweeted a congratulations at Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American woman elected to the Minnesota legislature.
Somali President Congratulates Ilhan Omar who has been declared the winner in the race for State Representative in District 60B, Minneapolis
— H.E. Hassan Sheikh (@HEhassansheikh) November 9, 2016
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the first sitting head of state to appear at the International Criminal Court for his part in Kenya’s ’07-’08 violence, congratulated both Trump and Hillary Clinton. But then he followed that up by seemingly subtweeting the president elect.
We need to recognise that our diversity should not be a cause of division and hate. We need to recognise that our diversity is our beauty. pic.twitter.com/D34c0K3t8d
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) November 9, 2016
Rwandan strong man, President Paul Kagame, actually tagged Trump in the tweet as befits an avid Twitterer like Kagame.
Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump for a well earned victory.Looking fwd to continued good relationship w/ United States&new administration
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) November 9, 2016