Nigerian President blasts Mugabe

source: SW Radio Africa
By Henry Makiwa
6 November 2007

Nigerian President, Umaru Yar’Adua on Sunday condemned Robert Mugabe for disregarding the rule of law. Speaking at the third Germany/European Partnership with Africa in Wiesbaden, Germany, Yar’Adua blasted Mugabe for his heavy-handed treatment of the opposition and critics.

Yar’Adua becomes the first African leader to openly criticise Mugabe in the lead up to the EU-AU Summit, which is scheduled for next month in Portugal.

The build-up to December’s summit in the Portuguese capital has been overshadowed by the row over the possible attendance of Mugabe, who is currently subject to a European Union travel ban.

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler Britain, has vowed to stay away from the summit if Mugabe attends the meeting.

Governments belonging to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc, which is currently trying to mediate between Zimbabwe’s government and the opposition, ahead of elections next year, have also threatened to boycott the summit if Mugabe is not allowed to attend.

Yar’Adua appeared to distance himself from the SADC bloc in a move observers believe might influence other African leaders to [continue reading]

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