Tinubu Rejects New Scramble For Africa In Maiden Speech At AU, ‘Curses’ Superpowers For ‘Disorganizing’ The Continent

Tinubu Rejects New Scramble For Africa In Maiden Speech At AU, ‘Curses’ Superpowers For ‘Disorganizing’ The Continent

By Spy Uganda

President Bola Tinubu has strongly opposed the notion of a new scramble for Africa, as various countries including China, the United States, Russia, France and Iran, are establishing new blocs between them and the continent.

A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, Dele Alake, said President Bola Tinubu spoke on Sunday, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Speaking at the Fifth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (5th MYCM) of the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Regional Mechanisms (RMs), and the African Union Member-States, President Tinubu called for good governance, to ensure a prosperous future for Africa, free from the exploitations of the past.


He said, “As Africans, we forge ahead no matter the barriers thrust before us. The world we inhabit is often unkind and uncertain. Past history and current global difficulties argue against our future success.

“Lessons of the past few years teach us that the world economy can be disrupted in ways that halt progress and invite downturn. Our nations can suddenly find themselves in dire situations if we choose to be passive observers of our fate.


“Such passivity does not commend itself to me. I will not listen to it. Neither should any African. The challenges we face mean that governance will be difficult.

“They also mean that visionary good governance is necessary. Some observers assert that a new scramble for Africa is afoot and much like the old scramble that plundered our continent.

“But, here and now, let it be said to whomever the new scramblers might be that our continent may be old, but our spirit is new. And it is strong. The bad that took place in the past must stay there. It shall never be repeated.”


While reaffirming Africa’s unity and strength, the President warned that past plundering and exploitation of the continent should remain in the past and never be repeated.

In his statement titled, “Address on Status of Regional Integration in ECOWAS”, Tinubu announced plans to strengthen the ECOWAS Standby Force to deter coups and combat terrorism in the sub-region.

The president, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, highlighted the progress made by ECOWAS in various sectors of its integration process including trade, free movement of persons, investment promotion, infrastructure development, and security.

He emphasised the need for Africa to overcome its challenges and work towards a prosperous future, focusing on inclusive growth, good governance, and leveraging the opportunities provided by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

On peace, security, and stability, President Tinubu acknowledged the challenges faced by the sub-region, including terrorism and anti-constitutional changes in government.

“We sit here in meaningful discussion of vital economic matters. Yet, it will be impossible to bring full meaning to what we attempt unless we give due consideration to the instability and conflict that now scar many of our nations.

“The fullness of the integration we seek will elude us as long as several of our nations stand in the midst of violence and war.

“The trade and commerce we talk of today refers to valued goods and services that improve life. The trade and commerce these nations suffer is of destruction and disorder that takes lives and steals opportunity.

“We cannot integrate Africa and attain the prosperity we seek while our nearby brothers and sisters suffer in pain and anguish, they should not suffer. We must advance as one continent toward peace and prosperity.

“Otherwise, we risk the creation of two or more Africa, one a select group of nations moving steadily while the rest remain trapped in the age-old mire of poverty, conflict and lack of hope.

“It is very clear that in the area of peace, security, and stability, our region is confronted with the twin challenges of terrorism and reversal of democratic gains through undemocratic changes of Government.

“To address these challenges, the ECOWAS Authority, which I have the honour to chair, has given a directive regarding the enhancement of the role of the ECOWAS Standby Force for deployment to fight terrorism and undemocratic changes in government.

“The Authority has also resolved to raise our own funding internally to finance the peace support operations in our community. Meanwhile, we have continued to monitor the transition programmes in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea”, he said.

President Tinubu recounted that during the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit in Bissau, West African leaders resolved to maintain engagement with Mali, Burkina Faso, to work towards the implementation of the 24-month transition calendars assiduously agreed with ECOWAS.

To assist Burkina Faso and Mali in defending their territories from occupation by terrorists, President Tinubu said, ECOWAS had decided to provide support for their security agencies.

He appealed to international partners to assist to provide the necessary support that will ensure the restoration of democratic order in these Member-States.

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