In his maiden address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria raised alarm over the issue of illegal foreign mining operations in the country.
The event, which will run until the 26th of September, saw the Nigerian leader highlighting several points crucial to his administration and the African continent.
President Tinubu spoke candidly about Nigeria’s national security, stating that foreign entities, often Chinese firms, in collusion with local criminals, have been exploiting Nigeria’s mineral resources.
He said, “Billions of dollars meant to improve the nation now fuel violent enterprises.” The President warned that if these activities are not curtailed, they “will threaten peace and place national security at grave risk.”
Tinubu plans to disband extremist groups
The President also outlined his approach to armed groups, stating plans to disband “extremist groups on our turf.” He emphasized that mercenaries and extremists are undermining peace and stability in the region.
On the issue of Niger, where a recent coup ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, Tinubu said, “As Chairman of ECOWAS, I seek to help re-establish democratic governance in a manner that addresses the political and economic challenges confronting that nation.”
Tinubu UNGA’s address also touched on challenges facing other African states, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, and CAR. He closed his speech by characterizing Africa as “the key to the world’s future.”
This marks President Tinubu’s first participation at the UNGA since being sworn in on the 29th of May, although his election victory is still being contested in court by two major opponents.
Q: What was the focus of President Tinubu’s UNGA address?
A: President Tinubu focused on illegal foreign mining operations in Nigeria and its impact on national security.
Q: What is President Tinubu’s approach to armed groups?
A: He plans to disband extremist groups operating in Nigeria.
Q: What did President Tinubu say about the recent coup in Niger?
A: As Chairman of ECOWAS, he is negotiating with military leaders to re-establish democratic governance in Niger.
Q: Is this President Tinubu’s first UNGA appearance?
A: Yes, this is his first address at the UNGA since taking office.
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