Don’t mock us, Obasanjo is unfit to represent Africa, a Coalition tells UN
A coalition made up of Nigerian and South African nationals has advised the United Nations Secretary general Antonio Guterres to stop mocking Africa by appointing anti-democratic elements like Olusegun Obasanjo to lead an African-UN-related affair.
The coalition in a statement on September 18 urges the United Nations to protect itself from contamination from the likes of Obasanjo, whose life career according to them has been antithetical to the Charter of the United Nations and has undermined the ethics and values of the United Nation.
The group condemned the appointment of Obasanjo by Guterres into a panel in 2017 which consists of 18 global leaders.
Members of the coalition include a former head of office for the Consolidation of Democratic Governance- Ademola Araoye, a former South African minister- Essop Pahad, executive editor of PM News -Kunle Ajibade and a professor of international relations, University of Pretoria, South Africa – Garth Le Pere
The Statement reads:
“The United Nations should be protected from contamination from the likes of Obasanjo, whose life career has been antithetical to the Charter of the United Nations and has undermined the ethics and values of this great organisation
“This protection is required in order for the United Nations to remain a highly valued, constructive partner of the peoples of the continent, and to be perceived as such by African peoples. Given his character, the controversial history and debilitating outcomes of his personal involvement in Nigerian affair, Obasanjo has been publicly declared as unfit to lead a mission to rescue Nigeria and restore the nation to sanity.
“Given this profile, we affirm that his association with the United Nations is a grave error fraught with potentially incalculable harm to the already fragile ethical fabric and upended value systems of not just Nigeria but the totality of African society.
“And in view of the dangers implicit in the association of Obasanjo with the United Nations both to the organization, Africa and Nigeria, and indeed the world in its entirety, it is our hope that as Secretary General, you would, as a matter of priority, nullify this unmerited association of your highly valued organization and historic partner of Africa with an immoral man possessed of stout anti-democratic credentials.
“We do not want to be persuaded by the cynicism of those who argue that Obasanjo’s appointment is a reflection of deep-seated contempt for Africa and Africans. The impression should not be created that a paucity of sterling intellectual and moral actors in the public realm exists on the continent.
“The likes of Olusegun Obasanjo should not be promoted as role models in Africa by United Nations. In the light of the above, we ask that you do the United Nations and Africa, as well as its future generations, a favor by revoking all association of the United Nations with Olusegun Obasanjo.
“There is an associated nagging question pertinent to Obasanjo’s appointment which is: would anyone with Olusegun Obasanjo’s public and private profile be considered fit to represent any other continent apart from Africa?”