Festus Keyamo, an All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain has condemned Chimamanda Adichie’s letter to the United States President Joe Biden regarding Bola Tinubu’s election.
The APC Presidential Campaign Council spokesperson said her allegation of manipulation of the February 25 presidential poll was baseless.
On Thursday, Adichie told Biden that the exercise was marred with irregularities, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of looking the other way.
The novelist informed Biden that congratulating Tinubu who was “hastily” announced as president-elect tarnishes America’s commitment to democratic processes.
In a statement on Friday, Keyamo said the memo “reflects a pathetic colonial mentality”, mocking long epistles by “bitter sore losers posing as concerned citizens”.
The Minister of State, Labour and Employment noted that presidents make decisions and take actions based on reports from official as well as diplomatic sources.
Keyamo said it was befuddling that someone celebrated for using a God-given talent to promote African values, degraded that same ethos by penning a “petty letter”.
He claimed that urging a foreign power to withhold a “mere congratulatory message to a president-elect” is of no effect as it does not validate Nigeria’s democratic identity.
“It reflects a pathetic colonial mentality. The same foreign power to which the obsequious appeal is directed is still grappling with the credibility of its democratic process that produced its present leadership.”
Keyamo further described those falling over themselves in deluded ecstasy for “a worthless letter” as a band of drowning supporters clutching at any straw to stay afloat.