Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria has demonstrated that Africa can solve its problems.
Osinbajo said this in Kigali, Rwanda capital, after attending the inauguration of President Paul Kagame.
The acting president said the federal government was already working to solve insurgency and humanitarian crisis in the north-eastern part of the country.
He said Africans could take up leadership of the continent’s economy and be directly involved in the “destiny and future of our countries”.
“We have shown in Nigeria that whatever problems we have, we can resolve them. We are doing so in the north-east, we are doing so with the humanitarian condition and all of that,” Osinbajo said.
“That is a theme that has gone through the African Union and it is very resonant that we must solve our own problems; that Africa can solve its own problems and I think African nations have begun to demonstrate that.
“We are saying that we can take leadership in various respects, leadership in our economy, handle the commanding heights in our economy, be directly involved in the destiny and future of our countries.
“And I think the point that he (Kagame) made is an important one and it’s one that is being demonstrated all over Africa.”
Earlier, Kagame in his inauguration speech, said Africa must look inwards for its growth and prosperity.
“There is no justification for all the efforts that will cut Africa off from itself. There is no single model of nation building. Good choices are built on the mindset summarised as ‘do it yourself’,” Kagame said.
“Every African country has to continue to live with its efforts, not of someone else’s task. There is exceptional leadership and ingenuity in us, only that we’ve been accustomed to seeing the other way.”
Kagame was sworn in for his third term in office.