President Bola Tinubu has vowed that Nigeria and other African nations will no longer tolerate the manipulation of human rights advocacy by wealthy and powerful nations to hinder action against those smuggling out the continent’s vast mineral resources and trading them for western-made weapons.
According to Tinubu, this manipulation has impeded developing economies from dealing with illegal miners who smuggle the continent’s mineral resources abroad while flooding Africa with weapons from the West.
The illicit trade, Tinubu said, benefits the world’s wealthiest economies at the expense of African stability and prosperity.
The President said this while meeting with United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, at his UN Headquarters Office on Thursday in New York City.
“We are facing the great challenge of scavengers ravaging our lands and oppressing our people on illegal mines—taking our gold and mineral wealth back to developed economies by stealth and violence against Nigerians. Where one’s human right ends, the rights of another begin. Most especially for self-protection. If we fight, they say ‘human rights,’ but we will now be aggressive and we will question motives. We will stop what is happening in our land. We require your effective collaboration,” he stated.
Tinubu urged the United Nations to shift from merely discussing global issues to leading action against poverty in developing countries.