Osinbajo urges African countries to speak with one voice

Osinbajo urges African countries to speak with one voice
June 09 23:33 2017

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said African countries must remain united for the continent to be able to take its rightful place in the international community.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Acting President, said this on Friday while receiving a Special Envoy from the Egyptian President Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi, Ms. Moushira Khattab, who is vying for the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

“We have seen the great importance of UNESCO,” Prof. Osinbajo noted, adding that this is especially so at a time the Federal Government is confronting the challenges in North-East including the planning for the education of hundreds of thousands of displaced children.

He added that “it is important that Africa remains united to take its place, and we stand to benefit the most that way, including in the work of UNESCO.

On the UNESCO election, Special Envoy Khattab said that the African Union has pledged to support her candidacy in the forthcoming. She therefore requested Nigeria’s support, considering, according to her, the important role of Nigeria “and the great respect that you enjoy in Africa and globally.”

Osinbajo then assured the Special Envoy that Nigeria would consider the matter.