Nigeria's President, Shehu Shagari, delivered a stinging attack on South Africa during a speech at the Foreign Policy Association in New York on Friday (3 October).
CU President Shehu Shagari of Nigeria speaking in English at Foreign Police Association, New York, USA.
SHAGARI:"Your (United states) policy towards South Africa has been largely dominated by a single-minded pursuit of economic and strategic considerations. This, in my opinion, can be, at best, only on a temporary advantage. For, in the final analysis, only a South Africa which accepts a majority rule can truly offer a lasting guarantee for the security of our ...of your economic and strategic interests. I have a vision, Mr. Chairman, of a great South African community in which the rights of all are protected. Such a vision of justice, concord and progress in the interests of mankind cannot come about so long as Pretoria continues; with impunity, to violate international law and the fundamental rights of man. Those who deceive themselves in the delusion that most vile atrocities against man can be perpetuated behind sales of arms must recognise that the limits of tyranny have, throughout history, been prescribed by those who suffer the humiliation, degradation and injustice meted out by the tyrant.
All men of goodwill will have a responsibility to persuade Pretoria to return to the path of reason and justice. From the reports reaching us certain powers are currently engaged in assistance, assisting the government in Pretoria to acquire nuclear capability. As signatories to the nuclear non-proliferation arrangements we condemn this action which amounts to a double standard. Likewise, we cannot support any attempt that arms the enemies of humanity with the means of nuclear blackmail. Under such conditions it would be unreasonable to expect that all other non-nuclear nations will continue to deny themselves of this means of self-defence."
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Background: Nigeria's President, Shehu Shagari, delivered a stinging attack on South Africa during a speech at the Foreign Policy Association in New York on Friday (3 October). President Shagari called on the United States to change its policy towards South Africa. He said by helping to bring about majority rule US economic and strategic interests in the region would be guaranteed. president Shagari also pledged to use all means at his disposal, including in his country's oil, to bring pressure to bear on the Sough African administration.