President of Nigeria Bola Tinubu has pledged Nigeria’s support to the African Union (AU) in its quest to achieve democratic stability on the continent.
Tinubu spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with Azali Assoumani, president of Comoros and AU chairperson
This was contained in a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson.
According to the statement, 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.
“We appreciate that the AU is working hard to bring about peace in the Sahel and is actively negotiating between the warring factions in Sudan.
“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,” the president stated.
Tinubu added that the shared vision between both leaders would only be achieved if they move beyond “those whose vision of Africa is narrow and evil”.
“We are not afraid of confrontation, but we prefer to be restrained for now, at this time.”
Corroborating, Assoumani agreed with Tinubu, noting that it would take joint efforts to ensure that there is stability on the continent.
“It is our responsibility to confront the extra-constitutional struggle for power on the continent,” the AU chair said.
“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 matters.”
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.