Buhari’s aide Bashir Ahmad gets bashed for calling US “birthplace of democracy”


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Presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad has become the butt of jokes on Twitter after he erroneously described the United States as the “birthplace of democracy”.

Ahmad made the comment while weighing in on the political violence in the US early Thursday.

Four people died and 52 were arrested after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, Washington D.C.’s Police Chief said.

In a late-night news conference, Metropolitan Police Department, Chief Robert J. Contee, said 47 of the 52 arrests to date were related to violations of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 6.00 p.m. curfew.

Twenty-six of those arrests were made on the U.S. Capitol grounds, he said. The US Capitol is where Congress is located.

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Reacting to the melee, Ahmad tweeted, “And, it happened in the birthplace of democracy, the mighty United States of America.”

The tweet has since been deleted.

Athens in Ancient Greece is often regarded as the birthplace of democracy and remains an important reference-point for democracy.

According to History.com, “in the year 507 B.C., the Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms that he called demokratia, or “rule by the people” (from demos, “the people,” and kratos, or “power”). It was the first known democracy in the world.”

Ahmad’s error did not go unnoticed as many people poked fun at him.

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