Some Nigerians have appealed to world leaders attending the forthcoming G20 summit in China to consider the development of Africa as a priority in the interest of global peace.
They made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.
Sunday Adebayo, who runs a business center in Abuja, said, “Africa has been left behind for too long.”
Adebayo, however, attributed some of the current global challenges to the long time neglect of Africa.
He suggested that the world leaders should come together and place Africa in the front burner, adding that the world stood to gain from the development of Africa.
Felicia Agunbiade, a public analyst, who also spoke with NAN, maintained that “the G20 summit presents another opportunity for the world leaders to correct the mistake of the past.”
According to Agunbiade, the global peace will continue to be threatened if a particular continent is not at par with others.
She, however, wondered why Africa should suffer under development for this long, and blamed African leaders for not meeting up with the expectations of Africans.
Agunbiade said, “I want to say that African leaders should share major part of the blame for not doing enough to develop Africa.”
On current economic challenges in Nigeria, Agubiade said it should be addressed because if it was not adequately checked, it would spread to some African countries.
She held that most African leaders have failed the continent, adding that diseases, hunger, war, insurgency and other challenges in Africa toady could be traced to poor leadership.
The public analyst also urged the G20 members to take deliberate action with a view to addressing some of these challenges facing Africa in the interest of global peace.
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