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Buhari will bequeath transparent elections to Nigerians in 2023

By Linus Aleke

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari said that President Muhammadu Buhari will ensure that the 2023 general elections is not only credible, free and fair but transparent and peaceful.

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He said that Nigeria need a visionary, competent and passionate leader that can move the country to the next level of development.

Prof. Gambari said this at the 2022 Annual Conference/Lecture of the Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria (AFRPN), with the theme, “Contending Options for Africa in the Face of Super Power Hostilities: RussoUkranian Conflict as a Case Study”.

The Chief of Staff who was also the Chairman of the Occasion said, the only way to recruit a visionary, competent and passionate leader that will move Nigeria forward is through transparent elections.

He also, called for the reform of the United Nations (UN), system to enable it achieve it primary objective of maintenance of international peace and security, as well as promotion of the well-being of the peoples of the world.

He said that Africa can only be taken seriously at the global stage when they speak with one voice and present a common front.

Prof. Gambari added that Nigeria is not seeing the Ukraine war from the lens of economic advantage to sell gas but as evil that is out to destroy global peace.

He further noted that terrorism is not Nigerian issue but a global phenomenon that needs international solution as it is also threatening world peace.

The Director General of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), and the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Eghosa Emmanuel Osaghae said that the war in Ukraine has adverse effects on Africa and the rest of the world.

He said: “It has escalated global trade, economic, food and energy crises, constrained post covid recovery, and aggravated social and political tensions. The opportunity cost of the war are huge, but these are not the immediate focus of this lecture. Rather, the focus is on how Africa and African countries have been drawn into the war by the superpowers in search of much needed support for victory.

“US, German, French and Russian officials and delegations including Presidents, have criss-crossed African capitals soliciting support. What arguably propelled the lobbying missions was the pattern of voting on resolutions in the UN against Russian invasion, which increasingly suggested that African countries were either sitting on the fence or supporting Russia”.

The Professor of Political Science said that as far as the hostilities go, Africa and African countries have become beautiful brides that all sides want.

He concluded that multilateralism, bloc politics and coalition-building offer the realistic strategic option for engaging the superpowers.

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