Yusuf Tuggar: Why Nigeria should be included in G20
Yusuf Tuggar, minister of foreign affairs, says Nigeria ought to be included as a sole member of the Group 20 (G20).
Tuggar spoke on Sunday in an interview with Firstpost, which he shared on his official X handle, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi, India.
As of 2023, there are 21 members in the group, which includes: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).
Responding to the question why Nigeria should be part of the G20, the minister said the country, being the largest economy in the continent, has played key roles in the decision-making table of many countries in Africa.
“We feel that Nigeria should be included as well. Being the most populous country in Africa and the largest economy, you know. The theme is one world, one family, one future,” Tuggar said.
“We want that future to be democratic and the family should be democratised and more inclusive. So, 15 percent of Africans should be included in the same way that the EU and other European countries are included.
“We feel that there is room for the EU and Nigeria at the same time.”
Speaking further on inclusion, Tuggar said India’s support, being a key member of the G20, will go a long way.
“We believe with the support of countries like India, and the forward outlook of Prime Minister Modi, we can get in there,” he added.
“We need to be on the decision-making table of the largest economies in the world where you know key decisions that affect the whole world and that affect Africa.”
In terms of the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and India, the minister said both countries share the same vision on economics.
“We will collaborate with India for that growth. While we were here, there were pledges for investment, upwards of $14 billion from the private sector, ” Tuggar said.
“The federal government, of course, is there to support and create the environment for businesses to thrive. So, we’re very optimistic. “
‘OPTION OF MILITARY INTERVENTION IN NIGER DOESN’T MEAN WAR’
While responding to the military intervention suggested by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the minister said deliberations were still ongoing.
“Absolutely, it is still on the table. You know, it’s not the only option. It’s not the first option but it is there. It is there to reinforce the need to hand over the reins of leadership to the democratically elected leader of Niger,” Tuggar added.
“It has not stopped diplomatic efforts that are ongoing. You know, there are so many channels that are being used, and we are hopeful that they will succeed and we won’t have to revert to a military option and military option doesn’t mean war with Niger.
“We hope that the situation can be resolved amicably.”
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