Buhari calls for urgent actions to combat effects of climate change

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President Muhammadu Buhari has called for urgent actions from particularly developed countries to help mitigate the effects of climate change in Africa.

The president made the call on Monday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) where he was represented by Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi.

According to him, “Without a doubt, we are at a critical time with respect to the world’s climate future and our actions today and over the next few decades will determine the fate of future generations and the planet.”

“This year, we have witnessed disastrous extreme weather events from terrifying wildfires in the United States, to unprecedented heat waves in India, Pakistan, and Europe, to intense floods in my country, Nigeria.”

“For developing nations, particularly in Africa, that are facing climate impacts to a disproportionate degree, despite contributing the least to both historical and current emissions, the case for accelerated climate action is even more pressing.”

“We need to see urgent and decisive climate action from the countries that are mostly responsible for the emissions that cause climate change.”

“We cannot afford any more delays; our people and nations are on the line. The blame game should stop, affirmative and positive commitment to address these challenges must begin now.”