President Bola Tinubu has assured that Nigeria will support
the African Union (AU) to attain democratic stability on the continent.
Tinubu spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with Azali
Assoumani, president of Comoros and AU chairperson.
According to a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale,
presidential spokesperson, Tinubu said the AU is strategically positioned to
secure consensus positions for the continent on global economic and
socio-political relations, particularly with Nigeria’s backing.
“There is nothing that can bring development and prosperity,
outside of embracing freedom and constitutional order. It is a critical
hallmark of sustainable development,” Ngelale quoted Tinubu as saying.
“We appreciate that the AU is working hard to bring about
peace in the Sahel and is actively negotiating between the warring factions in
“Peace in Sudan will be a great achievement. I appreciate
your effort in Burkina Faso and our effective cooperation on Niger.
“You can call me at anytime and we will discuss the peace
and stability of AU member states. We need stability and prosperity for the
black race. This is our era.
We must be peaceful in order to take maximum advantage of
the developmental opportunities presented to Africa in this era.
“We must build a model of sustainable development. Nigeria
will collaborate with you.”
Tinubu said the shared vision between both leaders would
only be achieved if they move beyond “those whose vision of Africa is narrow
“We are not afraid of confrontation, but we prefer to be
restrained for now, at this time,” he added.
According to the statement, Assoumani agreed with Tinubu,
noting that it would take joint efforts to ensure that there is stability on
“It is our responsibility to confront the
extra-constitutional wrestling for power on the continent,” the AU chair
“We have told China and Russia that they have a
responsibility to ensure that there is stability in these countries, as there
will be no developmental partnership where there is a lack of stability in
countries being impacted by coupists. We appreciate your stand on these
The president of the East African country also said the
nation was seeking Nigeria’s experience on diversity management, electoral reforms
and economic growth.
The meeting between both leaders is a continuation of
Tinubu’s bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General
Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.
Earlier, the Nigerian leader met with South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss how both countries can mutually benefit
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