- President Bola Tinubu, in New York City, on Wednesday, at the UN, made a firm and compelling declaration
- Tinubu urged the UN member states to crack down on terror financing, economic sabotage, and illicit mineral & arms smuggling in the developing world
- The Nigerian leader further urged the United Nations to support African Nations, especially in economic development diplomatic push
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday, September 21, in New York, asserted that African nations will no longer accept a situation in which human rights advocacy is abused by wealthy and powerful nations and used against their economic growth.
According to a press statement by the media adviser and publicist, Ajuri Ngelale, the president said this while meeting with United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, at his UN Headquarters Office in New York City, Channels TV reported.
“We are facing the great challenge of scavengers ravaging our lands and oppressing our people on illegal mines—taking our gold and mineral wealth back to developed economies by stealth and violence against Nigerians.
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“Where one’s human right ends, the rights of another begin. Most especially for self-protection, If we fight, they say ‘human rights,’ but we will now be aggressive and we will question motives. We will stop what is happening in our land. We require your effective collaboration.”
The Nigerian leader noted that the United Nations must transform from being one of the world’s foremost talk shops to discuss global issues into becoming the world’s foremost action coordination center.
In response, the UN Secretary-General emphasized that the UN system is in the process of real reform that will largely address some of the institutional frailties and lack of decision-making power for the developing world, on whose behalf more than 75% of UN resources are accrued.
"There's opportunity": Tinubu asks Nigerians abroad to return home
Legit.ng reported earlier that President Bola Tinubu appealed to Nigerians in the diaspora to return home to help foster his administration's developmental agenda.
As reported by Vanguard, Tinubu spoke during a town hall meeting with Nigerians in New York, United States, on Wednesday, September 20.
Tinubu also hailed Nigerians abroad for their impact on the international scene. He commended their tenacity and perseverance in pursuing greatness and making the country proud.
UNGA 78: Tinubu arrives in New York for 1st UN General Assembly outing
Meanwhile, President Tinubu has arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Tinubu was received by the minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, the permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and other government officials.
The theme of this year’s UNGA is - “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress and Sustainability for All”.