Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has called on African countries to come together in order to form a more dynamic political and economic power.
According to him, the time has come for African countries to ensure that they have a united forum to discuss and handle all issues bothering on the interest of Africans.
Tukur said this in Abuja when he played host to the Chairman of the Universal Peace Foundation (UPF) from South Korea, Dr. Charles S. Yang, who paid him a visit.
He said with the abundant economic resources in Africa, “there is no reason Africa should not emerge as a world economic power, if African leaders and countries can come together.”
Tukur, who is also the chairman of African Business Roundtable and NEPAD International, said he had, in his capacity as the chairperson of those organisations, done a lot to bring African businessmen together in the interest of African business and economic unity.
He added that both business and politics were two inseparable entities that should work together in order to create a good market base for Africans.
He stressed the need for Africans to live in peace and harmony in the continent as to create a very peaceful environment that would be conducive for both political and economic inter-reaction in the continent.
Tukur frowned upon the situation where internal and civil wars in African countries “now exist and seriously endangering the economic and political advancement of African countries.”
Chairperson of the Universal Peace Foundation (UPF), Dr. Charles S. Yang, who took over the organisation from his late father, Rev. Moon of South Korea, stressed the need for peace in the Africa and the world at large.
He promised that his organisation would collaborate with organisations in Nigeria towards improving the economic welfare and standard of living of Nigerians, “mostly in the area of transportation.”