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Developed world not doing enough for Africa, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

By Tunde Oyedoyin, London
01 December 2021   |   2:49 am
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, threw the gauntlet at developed countries and global organisations on Monday night, accusing them of not doing enough for Africa

Former Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi Lamido (left); Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Aisha Mohammed; Chairman, Royal African Society (RAS), Arunma Oteh; Director, RAS, Dr Nicholas Wetcott and Director, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Prof. Adam Habib at the 2021 annual Royal African Society lecture in London.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, threw the gauntlet at developed countries and global organisations on Monday night, accusing them of not doing enough for Africa, especially on recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amina, who was the guest speaker at the Royal African Society’s 120th-anniversary lecture at the Brunei Gallery of the School of African and Oriental Studies, indicted them for not fulfilling the financial pledge they made to Africa during the Paris Agreement 12 years ago.

In attendance were former Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; former Securities Exchange Commission chief, Aruma Oteh; and billionaire businessman, Mo Ibrahim.

Though developed countries pretend to be “hearing us, we don’t see it in the indices,” she said.

She told Sanusi, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D at Oxford, other attendees, that “the leadership in Africa must stand up to them”, and more importantly, “Our people – Africans – in global positions must deliver”.