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Tinubu charges African leaders to stand firm against military coups.

On Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu urged his fellow African leaders to uphold democracy, the rule of law, and political stability.

Dele Alake, the President’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, made the announcement on Tinubu’s behalf.

He said that Tinubu was being represented by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Adamu Ibrahim Lamuwa.

Tinubu called on African military institutions and governments to heed the need for democratic renewal at a high-level event held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the fringes of the Fifth Mid-Year African Union (AU) Coordination Meeting.

He expressed concern that the disturbing trend of militaries meddling in politics could lead to instability, poverty, and humanitarian catastrophes.

The poverty, displaced people, and humanitarian disaster that have followed this tragic pattern have only served to worsen the situation in the region and, by extension, across Africa. Food shortages and increased health problems are two other negative outcomes of this disturbing trend.

The causes of unlawful regime shifts and coups d’état in Africa must be systematically attacked. Neither the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development nor the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for the “Africa We Want” will be realized unless we work together as a continent.

Six coups d’état have been successful in Africa between 2020 to the present, while three have failed. The emergence of military coups and unlawful changes in administration threatens the stability of our democracies and the continent as a whole.

“It is for this reason that I call on all African leaders at all levels to make concerted efforts in respecting the tenets of democracy and the rule of law to ensure political stability on the continent,” he said.

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