A former presidential candidate, Pat Utomi, has said the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will not support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Utomi disclosed this in an interview with our source on Monday.
This comes amid preparations for the inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Harris Kamala, as the 46th president of the United States.
Utomi said former U.S. President Barack Obama and his then deputy Biden supported regime change in Nigeria in 2015, but the change “did not do the West African country any good.”
The political economist said, “Obama was an extreme activist in seeking regime change in Nigeria because of the enormous corruption and many of us supported the move, but we found out later that the corruption has not changed; Nigeria is more corrupt today than in the past.
“So Biden will return to a more liberal engagement with Nigeria, but he won’t support the incumbent (Buhari) the way Obama did because they can see that the incumbent is not bringing Nigeria together or moving it forward because they have now realized that Nigeria has become a more dangerous place to live.”
Democrats defeated Republican incumbents – Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence – in the Nov. 3, 2020 election.
Trump’s presidency has been heavily criticized for unpopular policies and actions, with the invasion of the Capitol by the incumbent’s supporters being the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Utomi emphasized that the outgoing Republican president has left a legacy of disruption.
He described the Trump presidency as a very peculiar one that took place outside the known political establishment.
“Donald Trump’s presidency has been a war without end from the beginning because the traditional establishments never expected him to win,” Utomi said.
He went on to say that Trump lost his re-election bid because he was distracted by wars and therefore could not consolidate his government.
Trump prides himself on being a “deal-maker,” but he proved to be a failure because he could not make the ultimate deal – with the traditional establishment.
He was too dependent, too arrogant with his grip on his base and he continues with the base to the point that he never managed to build an acceptable base that would give him a sustainable presidency,” he added.