July 17, (THEWILL) – President Bola Tinubu has returned to Abuja, the Nation’s capital, after participating in the 5th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union (AU) held at the UN complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tinubu, who left Abuja on Saturday, for the meeting, arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday evening.
He was received by a number of top government functionaries including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume; Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinnma and former Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
While in Nairobi, President Tinubu joined other African leaders to draft a declaration based on deliberations and conclusions arrived at in the meeting, reaffirming Africa’s unity and strength, and firmly rejecting any notion of a new scramble for Africa.
President Tinubu, on Sunday, said Africa cannot attain integration and prosperity while Africans languish in pain and anguish. He reaffirmed Africa’s unity and strength, while strongly rejecting the notion of a new scramble for the continent.
The President declared that past exploitation and plundering of the African continent will not be tolerated.
Also, on Saturday, Tinubu called on African leaders to respect democracy and the rule of law, and ensure political stability. He also called on the United Nations to take a firm stance against military coups.
Tinubu also urged African military institutions and states to recognise and respect the need for democratic renewal.
The Nigerian leader, who is also the Chairperson of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, said coups d’état should be discouraged in the continent, especially in the face of challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity, and climate change.
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