Nigeria has strongly condemned what it calls interference by certain European countries -- notably France -- in the internal affairs of some African states.
GV AND CU: Nigeria's Permanent United Nations representative, Mr. Akporode Clark, addressing General Assembly in English. (4 shots)
CLARK: "We shall (indistinct) that the pursuit of peace and security in Africa without which we cannot either be safe, or prosper. In this connection, my government condemns most vigorously recent interferences by some European countries, notably, France in the internal affairs of some African countries. Like the prophets of old, they have clearly proved that they have learnt nothing, and forgotten everything. Leadership in any state is as good as the people of that state want it. Those African leaders who parody themselves on foreign models, who degrade themselves by exploiting their people through insensitivity, corruption or callous brutality, will be swept away by their own people into the dustbin of history, just as their criminal masters were driven out of Africa in ignominy and revulsion.
It is only the leadership which grows out of the people which will endure. In recognition of this fact, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) long ago affirmed, as one of its cardinal principles, the unreserved condemnation in all its forms, of political assassination, as well as of subversive activities on the part of neighbouring states, or any other states. The era of self-appointed kingmakers of Africa is gone. Africa will no longer tolerate interventions, and instabilisation exercises in the continent. Dependence of political institutions on foreigners from whatever continent, is both an anathema and a betrayal of Africa's freedom and liberty."
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Background: Nigeria has strongly condemned what it calls interference by certain European countries -- notably France -- in the internal affairs of some African states. Nigeria's representative, Mr. B. Akporode Clark, told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (11 October) that the day of self-appointed kingmakers in Africa was over. France has drawn critical comment elsewhere for its role in the recent overthrow of former Emperor Bokassa in the Central African Republic.