Nigerian Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the United Nations Security Council to help tackle the bane called terrorism in Nigeria and other African countries.
Osinbajo, who was among twelve special speakers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, had touched on the subject during his virtual presentation on Friday.
Whilst addressing the council, the Vice President stated how ardent measures were necessary to combat and eventually eliminate terrorism in Nigeria; and Africa at large.
“It is imperative for the international community to make more robust interventions to clear terrorists from Africa just as it did in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
“The United Nations Security Council must find unanimity in working with and assisting African countries to eradicate the menace of terrorism on the continent once and for all,” he said.
The virtual event, which is held every year, had kicked-off on Monday and has featured at least 25 Heads of State and Leaders over the course of the week. The Council which was clamoured upon by Osinbajo also comprise of 15 members, while the forum was set up to bring together a host of visionary ”state of the world” special addresses and top-tier global rulers for this year’s edition.
Moving on from his request for assistance from the International community to tackle terrorism in Africa, the Vice-President had called for a waiver on intellectual property rights permitting African Nations to manufacture vaccines; to curb the spread of Coronavirus within the continent.
One cogent point raised by Osinbajo was the low level vaccination of Africans amidst the increase of variants more dangerous than the Omicron in recent months.
“It has proven impossible for individual countries to contain the virus, as long as there are outbreaks in other parts of the world. There are also issues around African countries being able to produce vaccines. That is entirely possible with cooperation, especially around intellectual property issues.
“We have to look at issues around patent rights, intellectual property rights and exclusivity rights especially if we will improve the chances of African countries manufacturing vaccines. We have to look at relaxing those rights. Patent and intellectual property waivers will be important. No one seems to be making much progress on that.
“We can’t really talk about African countries producing their own vaccines if we don’t address those important structural problems.”
During his special address on Friday, Osinbajo also encouraged potential investments in African gas projects and stressed on the challenges faced both climatically and economically in making Africa a better place.
The United Nations Security Council consists of 15 member nations, in-which The United States, China, Russia, France and the UK are permanent members with Veto powers. Ghana, Gabon and Kenya are also members of the council, representing Africa.