From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, New York
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African countries and their Arab partners to work harder and more collaboratively to achieve common goals.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, speaking Wednesday on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Buhari said that the implementation of the UN resolution proposing a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine required a platform to think creatively about how to engage the rest of the world on the issue.
“The rest of the world need to be apprised on current state of things between Palestine and Israel in order to commit to the way forward. There should be a better collaboration between African countries on one side and our Arab bothers to get to the end of this matter,” he said.
The Palestinian president had paid a visit to his Nigerian counterpart to thank him for his consistent support of the Palestinian cause, which he reflected in his (Buhari’s) address to the General Assembly, and to solicit his support by rallying other African countries to their side.
He regretted that the Palestinian issue had dragged on for so long with little progress, adding that Palestinians are losing lives on a daily basis.
Abbas went on to say that Palestinians had decided to take a peaceful approach to resolving the issue, relying on nations such as Nigeria to assist in a peaceful resolution of the Two-State solution, as recommended by the United Nations Resolution.
In another meeting with former President of Niger Republic and Special envoy of the UN and African Union on Joint Strategic Assessment and Governance Situation in the Sahel, Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, the President assured of the support of Nigeria in the discharge of his assignment bordering on seeking political and economic solutions to issues confronting countries in the Sahel.
He emphasized the importance of collaboration between the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Green Great Wall in combating desertification in some African countries, as well as finding practical solutions to the displacement of over 30 million people whose livelihoods depended on the shrinking Lake Chad.
The president expressed optimism that with his wealth of experience and capacity, Issoufou will get the job done.
The former Nigerien leader informed President Buhari that they needed Nigerian assistance to raise funds for their activities, especially since desertification is spreading across a number of African countries, with the majority of the countries severely challenged. He also stated that the committee needed to visit the countries involved in order to understand their specific needs, and that they would be in Nigeria in October of this year.
He requested President Buhari to convene a side event at the COP 27 meeting in November in Egypt so that it can come up with a rich outcome for the committee to use as a basis for its report.
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