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President Joe Biden's Request to Meet with President Bola Tinubu at UNGA Condemned by Timi Frank

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President Joe Biden's Request to Meet with President Bola Tinubu at UNGA Condemned by Timi Frank
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, criticized President Joe Biden's request to meet with President Bola Tinubu at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Frank argued that the meeting is inappropriate and unacceptable since Tinubu's legitimacy as the winner of the 2023 Presidential Election is being challenged in court. He further questioned the USA's stance on democracy and the sanctity of the ballot. Frank urged Biden to rescind the invitation until the Nigerian judicial system determines the legitimacy of Tinubu's presidency.

In a surprising move, President Joe Biden expressed his desire to meet with President Bola Tinubu during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September. This request, however, has sparked controversy and condemnation from various quarters, including Comrade Timi Frank, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Frank criticized the invitation, describing it as inappropriate and unacceptable. He argued that the timing of the meeting is suspicious, considering that the outcome of the 2023 Presidential Election, which led to Tinubu's alleged victory, is currently being contested in court. Frank questioned the American Government's stance on democracy and the sanctity of the electoral process.

During a recent meeting, US Presidential envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Molly Phee, conveyed Biden's request to Tinubu, stating, "President Joe Biden is asking to meet with you on the sidelines of UNGA, and you are the only African leader he has requested to meet. It is a mark of his high regard for your leadership."

However, Frank expressed his disappointment with the invitation, stating, "This move by Biden is certainly an anti-American stance on the rule of law and a bad example in collaborations, considering the ongoing lawsuits challenging the declaration of Tinubu as President and the multiple investigations into his integrity, true identity, and academic records in both Nigeria and the USA."

Frank also emphasized that Tinubu's legitimacy deficit and the controversial nature of the election make it disrespectful to single him out as the sole African leader Biden wishes to meet at UNGA. He pointed out that there are other legitimate African leaders who could engage in discussions concerning African affairs, without the cloud of legitimacy concerns.

Moreover, Frank drew attention to recent political developments in the West African sub-region. He speculated that the urgency to meet Tinubu might be motivated by American interests in the region, particularly in light of the military coup in Niger Republic and reports of a potential putsch in Gabon. Frank urged the USA to allow the Nigerian judicial system to determine the legitimacy of Tinubu's presidency before engaging in sensitive discussions about the West African sub-region.

He concluded by warning against bestowing recognition on illegitimate administrations, as it could potentially breed more instability through coups in African countries. Frank acknowledged the importance of collaborative relations between the USA and Nigeria but stressed that such partnerships should be mutually beneficial and take into account the interests and views of the Nigerian people.

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