, ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb 27 – Deputy President William Ruto has urged African countries to make laws that resonate with their values and resist any western directives.
The Deputy President said Africa should redefine its destiny and set its own priorities.
Ruto spoke in Abuja, Nigeria during the country’s centenary celebrations. He was representing President Uhuru Kenyatta during the festivities.
“Africa should redefine its own narrative and must resist those who want to dictate our destiny. We should set our priorities… Africa should decide what laws to set and what laws to follow,” he said.
He added: “We must resist those who think we are a continent defined by disease, bad governance, violence and corruption. We are a continent of the 21st century.”
The Deputy President also urged Africa to unite in the fight against terrorism.
“Terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring dedicated multinational effort to eradicate. Responses to insecurity therefore have to incorporate its full context to be successful,” he added.
“We are aware that there are insurgent and terrorist groups who have done their utmost to violently wreak death and destruction upon your society.”
He said Kenya shares what Nigeria has frequently confronted -evil and vicious elements.
Mr Ruto urged the people of Nigeria, as well as all its neighbours to unite to secure the region.
“Such efforts must be complemented with initiatives to protect the vulnerable, increase women’s participation in decision-making and conflict resolution, and eliminate ethnic, religious or other basis of exclusion while instituting robust social and economic interventions aimed at reducing mass vulnerability and empowering the masses within our society.”