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No African Country Is Silent On Racism, Xenophobia — UNGA President by ahmedkoded95(m): 12:32pm On Nov 23, 2019
Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) says no African country is silent on racism and xenophobia, as all nations on the continent condemned such actions.

He said this in a special interview with NAN in Abuja, during his first official visit to the country as President of the General Assembly.

He affirmed that racism, xenophobia and resurgent nationalism and tendencies toward protectionism in Africa and other parts of the world were threats to multilateralism.

According to him, no country or community is self-sufficient, hence the need to strife for peace, and unity, and going forward requires collective efforts toward addressing the challenges and concerns of the continent.

He noted that “fortunately, the issue between South Africa and other African countries has been successfully resolved, with the presidents of South Africa and Nigeria urging citizens to embrace peace.

“All African countries condemned racism, no African country is silent on racism, after all, the struggle against apartheid was not a South African struggle.

He added that the first positive development contained in the document was recognising migration as a positive thing, noting however that the act could have negative results when carried out irregularly and through dangerous and deadly routes.

The UNGA president, who noted that the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration was a hard negotiation for stakeholders, added that it would be an opportunity to see how well it would be implemented.

He said that the document would be reviewed after four years to assess the successes and challenges.

He explained that “the fact that there is a compact is because there is a problem and the way to deal with a problem is to collectively see whether there is a way to address it.”

The UNGA President arrived in Abuja on Nov. 21 on a four-day official visit.


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