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By: Pulse Nigeria.

Agency Report.





The Nigerian envoy said countries in the continent fought for the sovereignty of their nations and should be at liberty to choose how they would live.


Tijjani Muhammad-Bande told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that anything contrary to democracy as entrenched in the regional and continental bodies’ constitutions would amount to a setback for prosperity in Africa.


The regional union is the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) while the continental union is the Africa Union (AU).


Muhammad-Bande spoke against the backdrop of a succession of military coups unfolding across Africa with the recent being in Gabon.


The Gabon coup came on the heels of the July coup in Niger, Burkina Faso in 2022, and Chad, Guinea, Sudan, and Mali in the years before that.


Overall, all recent coups, except Myanmar, in 2021, have taken place on the African continent.


The Nigerian envoy said countries in the continent fought for the sovereignty of their nations and should be at liberty to choose how they would live.


“In the same vein, people also should be free within their nations to determine how they live and so that is not a big thing to act, it is simply consistent with this, for any setback, must be called out as a setback.


“And people, who do not understand the meaning of military rule, should be told, that this is not the way the continent or the sub-region wants to go or the way the world wants to be.


“And we want to be clear concerning the right of people to choose freely, because we also had to fight to free ourselves from colonialism, one country after another, some more peaceful than others.


“But the result has been the same – to allow African countries respect the choice of the people within the constitution of the country,’’ he said



Muhammad-Bande said the agreement to uphold democracy is established in all the Charters, whether of the AU principles or all the ECOWAS principles


He said nothing was new about the agreement, emphasising that people should just understand and that nothing was conjured by anybody.


“It is a simple agreement to live in a particular language of the constitution. So, this is the point where we are members of the United Nations.


“There are rules, there are norms and values embedded in that and we try to thrive to live up to those as the expectations; we have the constitution of Nigeria. We try to live by it,’


The envoy said that Nigeria would continue to play its role in ECOWAS, AU, and the UN, even to actively participate in the ongoing 78th session of the UN General Assembly.


He told NAN that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar will be attending the session and will elaborate further on the stand of Nigeria on some of the issues.

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