The United States of America’s President Donald Trump has lauded a group of Nigerian supporters who organised a parade to show solidarity in Nigeria, describing it as a great honour.
Trump disclosed this on Tuesday, when he shared a video of the parade on his Twitter handle, which he tagged “A parade for me in Nigeria, a great honor!”
The video shows a procession of men and women singing different victory songs amid intense drumming, all in support of the Republican candidate in today’s US election.
The video also shows the supporters waving American flags and placards with different inscriptions including, ‘Trump 2020.’
A parade for me in Nigeria, a great honor! pic.twitter.com/EHiSQMFvSZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2020
What you should know
Americans head to the polls today to decide on their next president between Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, but it appears that Nigerians are as much interested in the outcome of Tuesday’ election as Americans.
Nigerians appear to be divided on their support for the duo, as they share different views on social media. While some declared their support for Trump, others gave a thumbs-up for Biden.
For instance, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, tweeted:
“All eyes are on America for the presidential election. The outcome will shape the events of the world for the next 50 years and will affect every single one of the 7.5 billion people on earth. I pray for Donald Trump. America needs him and the world needs him.”
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) November 3, 2020
A social commentator, Gimba Kakanda, however, tweeted, “As a Nigerian, I feel utterly embarrassed by this circus. This is not a reflection of Trump’s popularity in Nigeria, for those curious.”
As a Nigerian, I feel utterly embarrassed by this circus. This is not a reflection of Trump’s popularity in Nigeria, for those curious. We are a country of about 200 million people, and not one to endorse a far-right demagogue.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) November 3, 2020
Dr, Tayo Oyedeji, Founder, Overwood.ng, tweeted, “I have seen enough. Hello, President Biden.”
I have seen enough.
Hello, President Biden.
— Dr. Tayo Oyedeji (@tayooye) November 3, 2020