By Remi Adebayo
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for global review of Covid-19 vaccines’ distribution to enable nations of the world, especially the developing states to have increased access to vaccination.
President Buhari made the appeal in his address on Friday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Speaking on the theme of the gathering, ‘Building Resilience through Hope’, and against the background of the COVID pandemic and global insecurity, President Buhari thanked the UN for the global support against the pandemic, but urged the Assembly for fair and equitable distribution of vaccines.
“No one is safe, until everyone is safe,” the President said.
“I want to thank the International Community for the concerted response to Covid-19 pandemic and drive to contain the first truly global health emergency of our time, it is a pointer to the many things we can achieve if we work together.”
He noted that Nigeria has made determined efforts to contain the virus and saluted all Nigerians on the efforts to combat the scourge.
Buhari conveyed Nigeria’s appreciation to United States America, Turkey, India, China and European Union for the assistance received from partners all over the world for the assistance received in the vaccines.
In addition, President Buhari also has called for the extension of debt repayment timeline for developing countries, especially those hit by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that some countries, like Nigeria spend the majority of their revenues on debt servicing thereby leaving them with little for infrastructure development and other essential aspects of the economy such as healthcare and education.
“There is an urgent need for debt repayment extension for developing countries who are still recovering from the pandemic and also struggling with liquidity challenges,” President Buhari said.
In the same vein, the Nigerian leader called for global efforts against illegal circulation of small and light weapons.
He said these “are in excessive accumulation and uncontrolled in many regions of the world” these he added have socio-economic consequences, especially on the continent of Africa.
He therefore called for the worldwide application of the downstream treaty to codify accountability in conventional arms treaty, which he said was critical to the security of nations and the ongoing battle against trans-border crimes, including terrorism and piracy.