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FG Pays $19.5m Annual Contribution To AU

Speaking at a prestigious event organized by the United Nations Development Programme

By Johnson Atoukudu

President Bola Tinubu, during his visit to Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, made a plea to African leaders, urging them to uphold democracy, the rule of law, and ensure political stability.

Speaking at a prestigious event organized by the United Nations Development Programme alongside the Fifth Mid-Year African Union Coordination Meeting, the President emphasized the importance of African military institutions and states recognizing and respecting the necessity for democratic renewal.

The President’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, shared this information on Saturday, and a copy of the statement was sent to Waffi TV.

As the newly appointed Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government, Tinubu expressed his concerns about the prevalence of coup d’états on the continent, particularly in light of challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity, and climate change.

Presented by Ambassador Adamu Lamuwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President’s statement expressed regret that West Africa, despite having numerous instruments and mechanisms to promote democracy and good governance, was leading other regions in resorting to unconstitutional means to change governments.

He cautioned against the alarming trend of military interference in politics, which posed threats to peace, security, and stability, and contributed to poverty, displacement, and humanitarian crises.

‘’This ugly trend has only succeeded in threatening the peace, security and stability of the sub-region and by extension, the African continent, leaving in its trail poverty, internally-displaced persons and humanitarian crises. In the same vein, this ugly trend has also led to food shortages and escalated health challenges.

‘’We therefore must take deliberate steps to address the root causes of unconstitutional changes and coups d’état in Africa. As a continent, we cannot make progress toward achieving the goals and targets of the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, as well as those of AU Agenda 2063 for the “Africa We Want”.

‘’Between 2020 and now, Africa has witnessed six successful coups d’état and three unsuccessful attempts. This rise in military takeovers and unconstitutional changes in government disrupts our democratic processes and undermine stability on the continent,” he said.

According to information obtained from Waffi TV, Nigeria has successfully met its financial responsibilities to the African Union by making complete payment of its assessed contributions for the year 2023.

This confirmation was announced by Lamuwa on Saturday during the 43rd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union in Nairobi, Kenya. The State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, issued a statement regarding this matter.

Nigeria is recognized as one of the prominent financial contributors to the AU, standing alongside four other member states.

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