Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has finally accepted that US President-elect, Joe Biden and his deputy, Kamala Harris, will be sworn-in on January 20, 2021.
Naija News reports that Fani-Kayode, a die-hard Trump supporter, had previously insisted that the Biden election victory will be overturned and Trump would be sworn-in for his second term.
But in a series of posts on his Twitter handle on Thursday, the former minister who claimed the election was rigged – a false claim which Trump and his supporters have no evidence to back – urged the US president to concede defeat.
While praising Trump for putting up a fight, Fani-Kayode urged him to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Read Fani-Kayode statement below:
I clearly & categorically condemn the violence that we witnessed in the Capitol building in Washington yesterday during the meeting of the Electors. I believe that the election was rigged& Trump was robbed but violence in any shape or form has no place in a democratic setting.
All matters concerning the American Presidency ought to be resolved in a peaceful manner & I am glad that President Donald Trump had the presence of mind to tell the protesters to disperse and go home. As much as I love @realDonaldTrump and believe that he was cheated out of the election I will not support any action from his supporters that would disturb the peace, jeopardise life & property or lead to a civil war in America.
Those of us that love & believe in him fought a good fight & stood firm, regardless of the odds & the insults, right to the end. It is time to accept the reality of a Biden presidency and move on. We must not let this matter divide and destroy America and indeed the world any further. This is the time to build bridges and come together. This is the time to emulate great men like Nigeria’s @GEJonathan, let things go & maintain the peace for the sake of all.
In 2015 he was robbed & rigged out of the election too but he refused to urge his supporters to indulge in violence, he conceded his right to fight till the end & he put the peace, safety and security of the Nigerian people first. This was commendable.
Trump has gone as far as he can go in terms of seeking redress & I commend him for that. Other than encouraging violence & anarchy there is little more he can do. Like a good war commander & insightful leader he must accept the situation, no matter how unpalatable, retreat & leave the battlefield with the remnants of his army intact so that they are not utterly decimated and they can live to fight another day.
I have no doubt that after a few years, just as it was with Jonathan, Trump will be vindicated but he will lose that opportunity if he refuses to accept the final decision of Congress and the Electors and concede the election. I pray he makes that choice and brings this increasingly ugly and dangerous situation to closure.
I commend every Trumper in Nigeria for keeping the faith and standing firm till the end but now is the time to sheath our swords and accept the facts and the situation. President-elect @JoeBiden will be sworn in as President on January 20th, Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris will be effectively running the country into the foreseeable future and America and the world will have to live with the consequences of that.