Nairobi, Kenya – (African Boulevard News) – Kenyan President William Ruto has called for respect of African leaders on the global stage after they were allegedly mistreated and treated like children by world leaders during the US-Africa Summit group meetings with Biden and Blinken. Speaking at the 2023 IGW African Leadership Ceremony in Nairobi with Mo Ibrahim, President Ruto emphasized that African leaders are elected by their people and deserve the same level of respect as other global leaders.
With Africa being the second-largest continent in the world, President Ruto pointed out that the continent’s leaders should not be taken for granted and treated like children by other world leaders. In his words, “We demand equal treatment and respect for Africa as a whole on the global stage. We are not here to be patronized; we are here to be respected.”
The Kenyan President asked that African leaders be included in decision-making processes regarding global issues such as climate change, terrorism, and economic development, as they are directly affected by them. He added that African leaders must take the lead in solving African problems, while the international community should support them in every way possible.
The call for respect and inclusion was supported by Mo Ibrahim, the renowned Sudanese-British billionaire and philanthropist, who called on African leaders to work together and not allow external forces to divide them. He also emphasized that African leaders must work towards good governance, democracy, and accountability to improve their people’s lives.
In conclusion, President Ruto’s call for respect and inclusion for African leaders is essential in the global community. African leaders must be treated as equals and given the respect they deserve on the global stage. They must also take the lead in solving their problems while being supported by the international community. The international community, in turn, must not take African leaders for granted and treat them like children. Rather, they must engage and collaborate with African leaders to find solutions to global problems and improve the lives of Africans.