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Fayemi Urges African Leaders to End Reliance On Foreign Aid


The former Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has called on African leaders to end the “supplicant mentality” of depending on foreign aid to solve the continent’s problems.

Fayemi made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, issued by
Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, Head, Fayemi Media Office, Abuja.

According to Fayemi, African leaders needed to expunge the development aid framework and “instead embrace the audacity in defending our rights and interests in global affairs that has eluded us for way too long.’’

Fayemi explained that it remain “demeaning” that African leaders were constantly summoned to the capitals of competing foreign powers to beg for aid and support.

The former Ekiti governor in his keynote address at the annual lecture of the Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA) with the theme “Africa in the Turbulence of a World in Search of Direction,” stressed the need for visionary leadership.

Fayemi, who is now a Visiting Professor at the School of Global Affairs, Kings College, London, advocated for strong visionary leadership for Africa if the continent must find its place in the turbulence of the current global order.

‘’This is where visionary leadership must come in to help, in a forward-looking way, to develop a strategic, coordinated, coherent, and shared African approach to managing the turbulence in the international system as the process of change gathers momentum,’’ he said.

Fayemi added that African leaders must ensure that Africans are not made “casualties and cannon fodder” as various interests compete for advantage in the world, adding also that the hard-won sovereignty of African countries must not be compromised.

“To rise to the challenge of the times, Africa must organize itself to develop and deploy the necessary strategic plans, policy packages and leadership resources that are fit for the era of rapid and complex change. It is this task of policy and leadership advancement that must be addressed as an urgent necessity if Africa is to play its rightful role in the ongoing dynamic of change in global order. “

Fayemi explained in the lecture that the world is currently experiencing a transition to a multi-polar order which comes with upheavals, challenges and opportunities, explaining that Africa must be prepared to navigate this new landscape and assert its interests in the world.

The event was attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including top government leaders, serving and retired diplomats, ambassadors and representatives of foreign governments.

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