AU Summit begins as Nigeria, SADC back Malawian leader as chairman

VANGUARD Newspaper-Okey Ndiribe

Nigeria has joined other countries backing the candidacy of Malawian PresidentMr Bingu Wa Mutharika to head the African Union at the summit of the Heads of State of the continent body beginning tomorrow in Addis-Ababa.

Also, President of Uganda, Mr Yoweri Museveni, has pledged to raise his country’s troops contribution for the AU’s peace keeping mission in Somalia to 8,000. The Ugandan leader made the pledge during a meeting he held in Tripoli with Libyan leader and President of AU Col. Mouammar Kadhafi. Both leaders also held discussions and reviewed ways of implementing resolutions regarding the transformation of AU Commission into an authority of the African Union.

Both leaders also held discussions on the on-going summit of the African Union.

Sources close to the Nigerian delegation to the summit told Saturday Vanguard that Nigeria had decided to throw its weight behind the Malawian leader who has already been endorsed by member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

Earlier in the week, leaders of SADC met at Maputo, the capital of Mozambique penultimate week during the investiture ceremony of President Armando Guebuza where they discussed the political and security situation prevailing in the continent. The meeting, presided over by President Joseph Kabila of DRC, expressed deep concern over the political stalemate prevailing in the Republic of Madagascar.

The Southern African leaders commended the efforts of the SADC facilitator for his support to Zimbabwe towards the full implementation of that country’s internal political agreement and also condoled the Governments and peoples of Malawi, DR Congo and Haiti for the loss of human lives and destruction of goods as a result of natural disasters in these three countries.

The SADC leaders asked that humanitarian assistance should be extended to these countries.

The SADC summit also commended Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia for the credible elections they held. They also hailed Angola and South Africa for the international football championships they are hosting this year.

3 Responses for “AU Summit begins as Nigeria, SADC back Malawian leader as chairman”

vince says:
January 30, 2010 at 7:46 pmPlz, Austin John , who is Maharaj JI?

Akhigbe Ikhilor says:
January 30, 2010 at 7:24 pmBravo AU, the Libyan were trying to change an already existing arrangement,shame on the Arab invaders. They think we,re in the past when they did what they liked with the African hospitality,this time people are more aware of wolves in sheep,s clothing and will resist all evil plans from the Arab invaders.Moamar Gaddaffi has to be careful and not take Africans civility and hospitality for granted,hence, he,ll live to regret it.

austin john says:
January 30, 2010 at 1:59 amsatguru maharaj ji want African leaders to come for his divine knowledge to help them rule and lead without any manipulation. Maharaj Ji is the key to Africa’s cultural renaisance and technological development.


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