Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba has asserted that President Bola Tinubu’s address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday was a first as no other African president has ever spoken for the continent as he did.
He made this known in a post on the X platform.
Agbakoba said the speech was a “well-received statement” with which the president asserted that “Africans are not beggars but equal partners”.
“A well-received statement at UNGA!
“Never in the history of UNGA has an African President spoken for the entire African continent, asserting that we are not beggars but equal partners with the geopolitical blocs of the world.
“Not since Kwame Nkrumah and his vision for a pan-African agenda for development has any African leader delivered a speech on behalf of the 54 nations of Africa,” Agbakoba wrote.
The senior lawyer added that Africa would have itself to blame if it failed to act on Tinubu’s significant policy speech.
“Let all of us in Africa rally our collective energies and declare to the world that we are awake and not beggars but partners,” he stated.