President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the unconstitutional change of power experienced in several African States, saying, “I thought we had finally put that behind us.”
The President spoke via his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while playing host to a delegation of the Universal Peace Federation.
Looking at his experience in the military and civilian rule, Buhari said that “multi-party democracy is the best system.”
President Buhari pledged Nigeria’s support, “relative to resources, to help in stabilizing neighboring countries,” on the peace summit being planned in Abuja, to bring all African countries together before the end of his administration.
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He lamented the problems in the Sahel belt of the continent, stating that it is of great concern, as it affects both agriculture and businesses negatively.
Buhari described the interest of Universal Peace Federation Africa in the continent as “quite genuine,” saying he was very pleased at the development.
Chairperson of the Federation in Africa, Katherine Rigney and Thomas Walsh, Chairman Universal Peace Federation International, said they believed the forthcoming summit in Nigeria “will top them all,” having held similar meetings in the past in Niger Republic, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, among others.
The President, during the Abuja Summit, will be given the Leadership and Good Governance Award, “as appreciation of the fantastic results you’ve brought to Nigeria, and a celebration of your anti-corruption credentials.”
However, note that, in 1983, December 31 precisely, Shehu Shagari’s second term in office as President during the Second Nigerian Republic came to a sudden end when he was overthrown by General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup.