Buhari Congratulates Trump on Twitter and Nigerians Aren’t Having It

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

But Nigerians on Twitter made it known that they were not to be spoken for.

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.

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.

Rwandan strong man, President Paul Kagame, actually tagged Trump in the tweet as befits an avid Twitterer like Kagame.

 

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