EXCLUSIVE: After Killing Igbos In Abia, Buhari Begs The UN To Fight Against The Killing Of Muslims – 4 Things To Learn From The 12-Mins Speech 

By Post Nigeria September 20, 2017 07:42

EXCLUSIVE: After Killing Igbos In Abia, Buhari Begs The UN To Fight Against The Killing Of Muslims – 4 Things To Learn From The 12-Mins Speech 

Post-Nigeria has taken time out to analyse the 12-minutes speech President Muhamamdu Buhari presented at the  72nd United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, on Tuesday, in New York, United States of America, US.

Here are the highlights of Buhari’s 12-minutes speech.

ISIS IS ON THE VERGE OF INFILTRATING NIGERIA

Buhari started his speech by expressing his appreciation for the role being played by the UN in combating terrorism in Africa.

“In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together to my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram”, he said

“We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods.

“Indeed, in Nigeria, we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in internally displaced camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters.”

However, Buhari warned that more collaborative effort is needed in order “to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak.”

The Lake Chad basin spans parts of seven countries, namely: Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, and Sudan.

“This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management.

“The UN should continue to take primary leadership of the maintenance of international peace and security by providing, in a predictable and sustainable manner, adequate funding and other enablers to regional initiatives and peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council.”

 

WEST AFRICA IS SOLIDLY FOR DEMOCRACY

Buhari assured the world that the West African sub-region would always work in harmony, to promote the values of good governance and transparency, which are the pillars of true democracy.

He said: “The frontiers of good governance, democracy, including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.

“Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.

“Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery.

“These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support.

“We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime.”

 

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CANNOT BE SILENT ON ROHINGYA

Speaking in unequivocal terms, Buhari referred to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, as a “state-backed ethnic cleansing”, that cannot be tolerated.

He urged the world to not only condemn the development, but order the government of Myanmar to stop the unnecessary killing of innocent people.

“The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994,” Buhari said.

“The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what, from all indications, is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion.

“We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity.”

 

THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER – AND THE POOR, POORER

Buhari noted that the gap between the poor and the rich, seems to be widening on a daily basis. Therefore, he called for urgent steps to be taken, as inequality breeds frustration and anger.

“While the international community grapples to resolve these conflicts, we must be mindful and focus on the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations.

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“These inequalities and gaps are part of the underlining root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability.”