Tinubu also urged the United Nations to adopt a strong stance against military coups.
By Marvis Igho
President Bola Tinubu delivered a speech in Nairobi, Kenya, during a high-level event organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He emphasized the importance of African leaders upholding democracy, respecting the rule of law, and promoting political stability.
Tinubu also urged the United Nations to adopt a strong stance against military coups. As the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, he called upon African military institutions and states to recognize and honor the necessity of democratic renewal.
Tinubu expressed concern about the prevalence of unconstitutional means used to change governments, particularly in West Africa, despite the region having various instruments and mechanisms to promote democracy and good governance.
He highlighted the negative consequences of military intervention in politics, including threats to peace, security, and stability, as well as the exacerbation of poverty, displacement, and humanitarian crises, especially in the context of challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity, and climate change. The President’s statement was presented on his behalf by Ambassador Adamu Ibrahim Lamuwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
”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 crisis. In the same vein, this ugly trend has also led to food shortages and escalated health challenges,” the President said, according to a statement by his spokesman, Dele Alake.
”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.
”It is for this reason that I call on all African leaders at all levels to make concerted efforts in respecting the tenets of democracy and the rule of law, in order to ensure political stability on the continent,” he said.