In a well articulated and profoundly worded letter embedded with messages of optimism, faith and confidence in the emergence of a new era in global politics and economic relations between United States of America and the world, especially Africa, Professor Steve Azaiki, OON. lawmaker representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency, Bayelsa State, Nigeria wrote to congratulate the newly sworn in US President, Senator Joseph R. Biden and his Vice President, Senator Kamala Harris.
The Nigerian lawmaker who began by saying;
“I am sincerely elated to congratulate you on your well-deserved victory at the polls, and successful inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America (USA), the most powerful country in the world. Let me also extend congratulations to your Vice, Senator Kamala Harris.”
” Your emergence as the new President and Vice President of the USA by popular votes, is indeed a thing of joy to the Democratic Party, electorates; your teeming supporters in the United States and its citizens. It is equally breath-taking to your fans across the world.
”The goodwill enjoyed by you, is no doubt occasioned by your impeccable character, decorum, humility and the stellar services you have so far rendered through public offices, notably as a Distinguished Senator in the American Legislature, and former Vice president to Ex-President Barack Obama. Similarly, Senator Harris’ political outings as former presidential aspirant, and legislative track record, in addition to her Black (Jamaican) and South-Asian American origins), also earned local and global admiration to the presidential project, that has fully manifested with the swearing-in ceremony.
Recognizing the leadership role of the US, the lawmaker reminded the Biden that not only Americans are looking up to his administration for transformational policies and programs, the whole world is counting on the US for leadership that will bring positive impact in trade, commerce and economic relations. Prof. Steve Azaiki used his home state, Bayelsa as an example and used the opportunity to welcome the newly sworn in President to the Noger-Delta region.
”As you mount the apex seat of leadership in the USA, Americans are surely looking up to you and your Vice, Senator Harris, the same way the whole world is expectant of policies and programs that would have positive impacts, home and abroad.
”Africa, being one of the largest and endowed continents in the world; Nigeria being the most populous and one of the most gifted countries in the continent, and whose citizens are contributing immensely to the American economy, are also expectant of positive impacts of your administration.
”In the same vein, Niger Delta region and Bayelsa State, where I hail from are equally in need of bilateral partnerships to enhance physical and human capital development.
”Accordingly, I would like to humbly call for partnerships between the USA and the aforementioned, to reinforce bilateral programs, as well as chart new ways forward for other mutually beneficial ones, besides development aids. Such collaborations and support would deepen democracy in Africa and Nigeria, aside yielding benefits in the aspects of peace, education, health, agriculture, information communication technologies (ICTs); entertainment, tourism and youth development.
”For such collaborations, it might interest Mr. President to visit Nigeria, Niger Delta and Bayelsa State to have firsthand experience that could guide the administration’s foreign policies, as they may concern Africa. Such visits could better be embarked upon in the early part of Mr. President’s first tenure, or anytime so convenient.
”In the meantime, the pending issue of the election of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a vital matter which Mr. President would need to intervene, promptly. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has by popular acceptance, passed nearly every hurdle to clinching the position, given her sterling credentials and manifesto. But, as you are aware, America is yet to ratify the consensus.
”Africa and Nigeria would thus, have a sense of belonging in the WTO, just as the world will also rate you higher as a real Global Democrat, if the USA, now under your leadership endorses her candidature, to end the stalemate.
”While I count on Mr. President’s capability to reposition the USA, and indeed global politics and economy, I once again say, congratulations to you, the Democrats and America.” He concluded.