Tinubu: Neglecting Nigeria’s Concerns Poses Grave Global Risks


During a crucial meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in New York City, President Bola Tinubu delivered a statement to the international community.

President Tinubu expressed Africa’s growing frustration with how powerful nations manipulate human rights advocacy to hinder developing economies like Nigeria from addressing illicit actors. These actors engage in the unlawful extraction of Africa’s vast mineral resources while surreptitiously introducing Western-made weaponry; causing turmoil in African nations and benefiting from the world’s wealthiest economies.

He emphasised the need to strike a balance between human rights and self-preservation; calling for decisive action to combat these activities, and seeking the UN’s collaboration.

President Tinubu also urged the United Nations to transform from a platform for dialogue into a proactive center for coordinated action. He raised concerns about significant resources allocated to the world’s poorest nations being absorbed by administrative expenses, which undermines the organisation’s core objectives.

He stressed that poverty, security, and counter-terrorism challenges in Nigeria demand immediate, and close attention. Adding that neglecting Nigeria’s concerns would have far-reaching consequences. Nigeria can no longer engage in unfruitful meetings when real challenges require swift responses, he advised.

In response, the UN Secretary-General acknowledged the ongoing reforms within the UN system to address institutional deficiencies, and empower the developing world, which constitutes a significant portion of UN resources.

Guterres said the UN recognises the need to reshape the institution to align with the modern world. That includes addressing debt relief, and Special Drawing Rights issues. The limited access to concessional funding for middle-income countries is a matter of concern. The SDGs Summit has fostered political consensus and declarations in this regard, and they are resolutely committed to these reforms.

He also assured President Tinubu of the UN system’s unwavering support for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in response to recent military coups in the West African region.








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