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‘If Europe Fails To Develop Africa, Even Fortress Europe Walls Won’t Deter Desperate People From Climbing In’ – Buhari

The Oasis Reporters

February 17, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (left), with Nalema, a South African cabinet minister.

By Greg Abolo

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that unless Europe creates opportunities to develop Africa, sustainable solution to its problem of migration and crises associated with it from Africa would continue to be a mirage

“Despite burgeoning possibilities, irregular northward migration from my continent drains Africa’s talent pool, while provoking political crises in the EU,” Mr Buhari said.

“Despite its best efforts, Europe will not find a sustainable remedy to this problem by further reinforcing its Fortress Europe approach.”

“Instead, more opportunities must be created for Africans at home, providing alternatives to the decision to take a life-threatening boat journey in order to seek them elsewhere,” he added.

Mr Buhari made his epic statement in an article to mark the participation of Nigeria at the ongoing sixth EU-AFRICA summit in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday.

African Union-European Union Summit.

He further said, “by 2050, Africa’s population of 1.3 billion is set to double, making up a quarter of the world’s total. My country, Nigeria, is set to double its population to 400 million by then, surpassing the United States to become the third largest nation in the world,” arguing that “the relationship between the EU and Africa must be rebalanced to power job creation. Unfortunately, today’s arrangements do just the opposite.”

Commentators on the issue have regretted the seeming dribbling of solutions within Nigeria and Africa to Europe due to leadership poverty and utter lack of capacity.

Nigeria is Africa’s leading crude oil producer, yet it virtually imports it’s entire gasoline consumption from nations who have little or no crude oil.

The biggest scandal yet is the importation of toxic petrol with yet to be seen disciplinary action meted to culprits.

Meanwhile education in Nigeria is in tatters where university lecturers claim to be grossly underpaid and research organizations remain with a paucity of funds. Little wonder universities are perennially on strike.

“Nigeria’s problem remain largely that of leadership”, late writer Professor Chinua Achebe once said.

Contribution: NAN

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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