President Buhari stated the Boko Haram terrorist group was still active and preying on soft targets, despite being fractured by internal turmoil and decimated by Nigeria’s defense forces, while speaking at the third edition of the Summit.
The President expressed his joy that the Summit organized by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the issue of terrorism while also focusing on Africa’s development and infrastructure.
Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, revealed this in a statement.
“Another issue on which this Partnership should concentrate is the global challenge of climate change, which affects us in Nigeria, Turkey, Africa, and the rest of the globe.”
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“Food insecurity, lake drying, loss of livelihood, and youth migration, among other things, have all become catalysts for violence.”
“Forest fires, increasing sea levels, flood, drought, and desertification are wreaking havoc on populations all over the world.”
“I’d like to take this occasion to ask for assistance for efforts like Africa’s Great Green Wall on Environment and Land Management, which aims to combat climate change and desertification in Africa.
“By 2030, the plan intends to repair 100 million hectares of degraded land in 11 Sahel-Saharan nations, trap 250 million tons of carbon, and create 10 million green employment,” he said.
President Buhari urged nations to follow the example of Africa-Turkey collaboration in combating the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, which emphasizes unity and support.
“The pandemic is a worldwide problem that necessitates global cooperation and solutions, and the Africa-Turkey partnership has proven to be a paradigm for the rest of the globe.”
“There has been reciprocal support not only in responding to the epidemic, but also in building resilience and sustainable development in other sectors.”
“We also applaud the African Union for the outstanding job it has done in organizing the Partnership’s implementation,” he stated.
In light of the increasingly unpredictable nature of today’s global challenges, the Nigerian leader stated that world leaders must continue to prioritize the well-being of humankind for the common good and prosperity of everyone.
“In order to better equip us to meet current and future challenges in a more fair and sustainable manner, we must support science, technology, and innovation, as well as share knowledge from research and development.”
“In this regard, Nigeria wholeheartedly supports the Summit Declaration as well as the Joint Action Plan for the years 2022-2026,” he said.
President Buhari praised the considerable increase in trade figures between Africa and Turkey, reaffirming that international commerce is an engine for development and sustainable economic progress, as well as the global eradication of poverty.
He urged the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA) to help boost trade between Africa and Turkey, resulting in a win-win situation for all parties.
President Buhari praised President Erdogan for establishing the Turkey-Africa Partnership in 2008.
“We are sure that this cooperation mechanism will be a game-changer for our countries and set us on the path of sustainable development for our peoples,” he said, citing the level of openness, trust, and dedication demonstrated in the Africa–Turkey Partnership.
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