UNGA-76: Buhari raises alarm on erosion of democracy in W/Africa



President Muhammadu Buhari has raised alarm over the recent trend of the unconstitutional takeover of power in some African countries, urging world leaders to reject such illegal acts.

According to Buhari, such unconstitutional takeovers, sometimes in reaction to unilateral changes of constitutions by some leaders, should not be tolerated by the international community.

In his speech at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly on Friday in York, the president warned that the democratic gains of the past decades in Africa ‘‘are being eroded’’ due to these negative trends.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who monitored the president’s address in Abuja, reported that President Buhari affirmed Nigeria’s support to efforts by ECOWAS, and the UN to address this growing challenge.

‘‘As leaders of our individual Member-States, we need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits.

“This is one area that generates crisis and in our sub-region,’’ he said.

The President urged the international not only to deal with the symptoms of conflict but also the immediate causes that fuel in the place.

‘‘These include poor and undemocratic governance, human rights abuses, poverty, ignorance, injustice and inequalities.

‘‘There are no easy solutions to these conditions. They require long-term investments and more effective international cooperation.

“In this connection, my delegation underscores the importance of promoting peaceful, unfettered, and inclusive of states in global actions towards conflict prevention.

‘‘This will facilitate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063,” he said.

The president’s speech, delivered from the podium of the General Assembly hall, addressed other matters on the international agenda of interest to Nigeria, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Arms Trade Treaty, climate change and terrorism.

The speech also touched on the efforts of his administration on anti-corruption, debt suspension, international trade, UN Security Council Reform, Palestinian Question, racial discrimination, among others. (NAN)