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‘The Future of Africa Is in Its Unity,’ Niger’s President Says

Source: UN

Source: UN

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly at its annual high-level debate, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger warned Thursday against attempts to balkanize Africa and underscored that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda need to be anchored in the “three D’s”: defense, democracy and development.

“The Pandora box of balkanization that is open in Africa needs to be closed again if one does not want the whole continent to go up in flames,” said Issoufou, the first of several African leaders to address the General Debate of the 69th Assembly.

“The future of Africa is in its unity. The move beyond the borders inherited from colonization is not to create new borders along ethnic or religious bases but to go beyond the current boundaries via integration,” he added.

Africa will be the continent of the 21st century with a strong middle class born out of good policy and economic governance that eases poverty through income distribution, the president noted.

The leader of the West African country highlighted conflicts in neighboring Libya, Mali and Nigeria. He warned the international and local communities that it would be dangerous to let the insecurity grow instead of helping to bring about a peace, and called for a strategy that cuts off financing and blocks a terrorist strategy that uses propaganda heavily covered by the press and social media.

In his address, Mohamed Moncef Mazouki, president of Tunisia, said that his country was moving ahead with a peaceful democratic transition, though it and its people had lived for many years under despotism.

“We are trying to grapple with the counter-revolution with moderation and ending the residue of despotism.” he said, emphasizing that Tunisia is also initiating socio-economic development that will be in harmony with the environment and in line with the sustainable development goals of the U.N.

 

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6 thoughts on “‘The Future of Africa Is in Its Unity,’ Niger’s President Says

  1. is about time, tha's the only way to save AFRICA future. "the picture is not the president of NIGER." BLESS.

  2. Farntella Graham says:

    yes, unity is the key. africa needs to throw off all residue of colonialism, including the heavy influence of europeans in some african countries. unity is something they do not want to see at all cost. we must not allow them to have their way in africa. it is not about them. it is about us, Black people.

  3. Jay Contreras says:

    'Africa will be the continent of the 21st century with a strong middle class born out of good policy and economic governance that eases poverty through income distribution, the president noted.' Not as long as they allow the CIA's AFRICOM to run rough shod, along with all of these parasitic multi-national corporations. Predatory capitalism is not the answer. If Africa continues to allow the FUKUS axis to buy it's 'leaders' while the majority of the masses starve or barely eek out a living, then all of this talk of the Niger prez will be for naught. Africa's strength will NEVER be in following the amoral, depraved lead of the West. We've already seen where that dead end road leads–look at the world around us.

  4. Aaron Bryan says:

    Actually, westernization and and embracing the more positive side of western ideals on their terms would do wonders for them.

  5. Aaron Bryan says:

    Actually, westernization and and embracing the more positive side of western ideals on their terms would do wonders for them.

  6. Farntella Graham says:

    Aaron Bryan What positive side of their culture would you be referring? which western ideals are you talking about?

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