Feature: President Buhari’s address to United Nations General Assembly on Taliban Govt


by Ayo Akinfe

President Buhari should use his forthcoming address before the United Nations General Assembly to establish himself as a global statesman by outlining the conditions under which the international community will recognise the Taliban government


[1] Within six months, the Taliban must organise free and fair United Nations-supervised elections. They need to get a mandate to govern Afghanistan

[2] The Taliban must submit to general elections every four years. Nobody has the right to rule a people without the permission of the populace

[3] The Taliban must leave women’s rights intact across Afghanistan. To buttress this point, at least a third of its cabinet must be female

[4] Betweeen now and when general elections hold, the government in Kabul must be a broad-based coalition. At least one-third of the positions should go to the Northern Alliance

[5] Afghanistan’s Parliament must be restored immediately. It must approve any laws passed by the executive

[6] All restrictions on sporting activities must be lifted. As soon as this is done, as an act of solidarity, the Super Eagles will fly to Kabul to play a match against the Afghan national team

[7] All restrictions on enjoying music must be lifted. To show support, a delegation of Nigerian artists including the likes of Wizkid, Debange, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Kiss Daniel, Oritsefemi, etc will stage a concert in Kabul

[8] The Taliban must commit to destroying all poppy fields in Afghanistan. To replace the revenue, Nigeria will supply their farmers with groundnut, millet, sorghum and cotton seedlings

[9] The Taliban must dissolve its armed wing and transition into a political party. As the world’s largest black nation, Nigeria will spearhead a United Nations peacekeeping force in the country until the Afghan Army and the Taliban fighters are truly integrated into one force as happened in South Africa

[10] Afghanistan must lift restrictions on all forms of religious worship. To help prove the point, the Christian Association of Nigeria will be paying a visit to Kabul


Ayo is a London-based journalist who has worked as a magazine and newspaper editor for the last 31 years. He was the founding editor of Nigerian Watch, the UK-based paper for the Nigerian community in the UK.  

He is the current president of Ondo Union UK, the chair of Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK and was the chairman of the Nigerian Centenary Awards UK organising committee. He was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK

He is also the author of two books on Nigeria. Fuelling the Delta Fires is an expose which reveals the depth of the challenges in the Niger Delta, while Black Ladder is a narrative about the life of a Nigerian immigrant in the UK. In addition, Ayo is a columnist for several publishing houses in both Nigeria and the UK.

Ayo has a history degree from the University of Ibadan and I did my post-graduate studies in journalism at the University of Westminster.


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