President Tinubu underscored Nigeria’s readiness for genuine foreign partners at the UN General Assembly..

    President Tinubu, speaking on the inaugural day of the Assembly, underscored Nigeria’s and other African nations’ readiness to welcome genuine foreign partners. He emphasized that the question no longer revolves around whether Nigeria is open for business; instead, it is how much of the world is genuinely open to conducting business with Nigeria and Africa in a manner that is equitable and mutually beneficial.


    In his address, President Tinubu highlighted key aspects of the cooperation sought with foreign partners. Direct investments in critical industries, expanding access to African ports for a broader array and greater volume of African exports, and substantial debt relief were all identified as crucial components of the desired collaboration.

    Furthermore, President Tinubu reaffirmed the significance of democratic governance as the foremost guarantor of the sovereign will and well-being of the people. He unequivocally condemned military coups and any form of civilian political arrangement that perpetuates injustice. Regarding the situation in Niger, he mentioned ongoing negotiations with military leaders and his role as Chairman of ECOWAS in facilitating the re-establishment of democratic governance, addressing political and economic challenges, and countering violent extremists in the region.

    President Tinubu acknowledged that the wave of change sweeping across parts of Africa is not an endorsement of coups but rather a demand for comprehensive solutions to longstanding issues. He reiterated the commitment to tackle climate change in Nigeria, emphasizing that African nations are determined to combat this global challenge on their terms.

    To build popular consensus and align climate action with broader economic objectives, President Tinubu outlined specific initiatives. These include projects like ‘The Great Green Wall’ aimed at halting desert encroachment, the mass production and distribution of gas-burning stoves to protect forests, and the creation of employment opportunities through local water management and irrigation projects. These efforts align with both economic and climate change goals, demonstrating Nigeria’s commitment to holistic sustainability.

    President Tinubu emphasized that the success of continental efforts against climate change relies on established economies being more supportive, particularly through public and private sector investments in Africa’s preferred projects and initiatives. This collaboration between developed and developing nations is crucial for addressing climate change effectively and achieving shared global objectives.

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