The Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday at the 78th United Nations General Assembly, New York declared that it was high time for the United Nations (UN) member states to show concern in crackdown of terrorists and economic sabotage among other crimes.
Penpushing reports that Tinubu while addressing world leaders at the assembly made the firm and compelling declaration, stressing that the important aspect of global trust and solidarity is to secure the continent’s mineral-rich areas from pilfering and conflict.
The President emphasized that other areas which the member states of United Nations General Assembly should look inward to address include illicit mineral and arms smuggling in the developing world.
‘The fourth important aspect of global trust and solidarity is to secure the continent’s mineral-rich areas from pilfering and conflict. Many such areas have become catacombs of misery and exploitation. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered this for decades, despite the strong UN presence there. The world economy owes the DRC much but gives her very little’, he said.
‘Foreign entities that are abetted by local criminals, who aspire to be petty warlords, have drafted thousands of our people into servitude to illegally mine gold and other resources. Billions of dollars meant to improve the nation now fuel countless violent enterprises’, Tinubu added.
‘If left unchecked, they will threaten peace and place national security at grave risk. Given the extent of this injustice and the high stakes involved, many Africans are asking whether this phenomenon is by accident or by design’, he stated.
‘Member nations must reply by working with us to deter their firms and nationals from this 21st-century pillage of the continent’s riches. To keep faith with the tenets of this world body and the theme of this year’s Assembly, the poverty of nations must end. The pillage of one nation’s resources by the overreach of firms and people of stronger nations must now end’, he added.
Penpushing further reports that Tinubu noted that his aggressive economic development diplomatic push for new investment has been demonstrably effective in presenting Nigeria as business-ready, noting that the ease of doing business might not be the major encumbrance to large-scale investment.
‘The question is not whether Nigeria is open for business. The question is how much of the world is truly open to doing business with Nigeria and Africa in an equal, mutually beneficial manner. Direct investment in critical industries, opening their ports to a wider range and larger quantity of quality African exports, and meaningful debt relief are important aspects of the cooperation we desire’, he said.
Penpushing also reports that Tinubu equally noted that the global fight against the effects of climate change cannot be based on a ‘one size fits all” approach stressing that nations must be cooperated with in the design and implementation of their own strategies, which are tailored to their respective socio-economic strengths and weaknesses.
‘African nations will fight climate change, but we must do so on our own terms. To achieve the needed popular consensus, this campaign must accord with our overall economic efforts. In Nigeria, we shall build political consensus by highlighting remedial actions which also promote the broader economic good’.
‘Projects such as ‘The Great Green Wall’ to stop desert encroachment; halting the destruction of our forests through the mass production and distribution of gas-burning stoves; and the provision of employment through local water management and irrigation projects are examples of efforts that equally advance both economic and climate change objectives simultaneously’, Tinubu said.
‘Continental efforts regarding climate change will register important victories, only if established economies were more forthcoming with public and private sector investment for Africa’s preferred projects and initiatives’, he stated.
Penpushing reports that Tinubu in the statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale made available to journalists concluded by reminding the world what Africa truly represents in the global village.
The Nigeria’s President called on the world leaders to see Africans as their true friends, and that Africa Continent is not a problem to be avoided, nor is it to be pitied, but that Africa is nothing less than the key to the world’s future.
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