President Tinubu has emphasised Africa’s desire to be independent and prosperous, highlighting the continent’s aspiration to overcome foreign exploitation and achieve prosperity through democratic ideals.
He stated that Africa does not wish to replace old forms of exploitation with new ones, indicating a commitment to avoiding economic and political dependencies on external powers.
The President addressed the theme of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, which was “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and Its Sustainable Development Goals Towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress, and Sustainability for All.”
Tinubu acknowledged that despite numerous proclamations, Africa continues to face significant challenges, and the continent’s problems remain unresolved.
He highlighted the importance of good governance and noted that failures in this area have hindered Africa’s development.
The President criticised the historical exploitation of Africa by foreign powers, including broken promises, unfair treatment, and outright exploitation, which have hampered the continent’s progress, Channels TV reports.
Tinubu emphasised that the theme of the UN session should have special significance for Africa, given its unique historical context and challenges.
He discussed the role of the United Nations in global history, particularly during the aftermath of World War II, when there was a high level of trust in global institutions.
President Tinubu called on global institutions, other nations, and private sector actors to prioritise African development, viewing it as beneficial for Africa and in their own interests.
He pointed out that both internal and external factors have contributed to skewed economic structures in Nigeria and Africa, hindering development, industrial expansion, job creation, and wealth distribution.
Tinubu highlighted the importance of job creation, economic growth, and investor confidence in Nigeria.
He mentioned specific reforms, such as removing fuel subsidies and addressing the exchange rate system, as steps taken to foster economic growth.