Former US vice-president and Democratic flagbearer in the upcoming elections in the United States, Joe Biden, has called upon the Nigerian president to exercise restraint in dealing with peaceful demonstrations against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Nigeria.
In a statement released on his campaign, Joe Biden said:
I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy. I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.
There has not yet been an official statement from president Trump’s office.