German Chancellor Rues Coups In Africa, Hopes It Does Not Become A Trend

According to him, his visit is in the light of strengthening ties and cooperation with Nigeria. 

He assured of Germany`s continued support for the development of infrastructure in both countries. 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is lamenting the incessant coups in Africa but hopes it does not become a trend. He made the comment on Sunday after a closed session with the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Omar Touray at the bloc`s headquarters in Abuja. 

In recent times, there have been coups on the continent with the German leader saying the trend should be halted. According to him, his visit is all about strengthening ties and cooperation with Nigeria. 

He pledged that Germany would continue to support infrastructure expansion in both countries. He also frowned upon the ongoing attacks in Israel and called for restrictions on Israel to be lifted so that humanitarian aid could be provided to the victims. 

The German head of state also called for the release of hostages held by Hamas and said Germany would provide Israel with all necessary support for its defense. 

ECOWAS President Touray said the German government's €81 million commitment for energy transmission and social development, among others, had benefited the region. 

He further explained that regional challenges such as insecurity, social development and ways to strengthen relationships to address these challenges were at the center of the conversation.  

He also announced that ECOWAS will commission his independent power plant in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on November 17, 2023. 

He said this would allow Africans to trade their electricity supplies in a formal way and buy electricity from cheaper sources. However, he complained that trade between communities remained very low and infrastructure disparities were widening. He said talks to reverse this trend were in full swing. 

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