President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday drew the attention of world leaders to conflicts ravaging communities around the world during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The President urged world leaders to take urgent action to bring the conflicts to an end, warning that the situation has become worse than it was last year.
He also called the attention of the world leaders to the effects of climate change and the need for concerted efforts to check corruption and stop illicit financial flows.
Buhari commended the government and people of Bangladesh and other countries that have come to the aid of the Rohingya, and reiterated Nigeria’s support to efforts by the United Nations and other partners to protect the dignity of the marginalised minorities.
As for the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and other countries in the Middle East, President Buhari urged the UN to push for dialogue and peaceful solutions.
Beyond calling for action to end conflicts and bring peace to the world, President Buhari rebuked the abuse of power, which, according to him, has aggravated conflicts.
“The deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza is an appalling result of the unrestrained use of power,” he said. “We urge both parties (Israel and Palestine) to engage in the use of dialogue.”
He drew attention to the strides made by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia to end years of political conflict and implored other leaders to draw inspiration from them and what they achieved through dialogue.
Also, the president said it was important that the international community help countries in repatriating funds back to the countries of origin as a means of tackling the flow of illicit funds.