By Olayiwola Abegunrin
Within the twenty-first century, Africa has turn into an enormous resource of US strength imports and the world's average assets. It has additionally turn into the epicentre of the world's lethal future health epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of many battlegrounds within the struggle opposed to terrorism. Africa is now an immense participant in international affairs.
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64 Nigeria’s unflinching support for the liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, had a domino effect on the liberation struggle in South Africa. ”65 Consequently, in the spirit of its decolonization policy, Nigeria embarked on intensive and continuous efforts to convince both the ANC and PAC on the necessity to form a united front in order to confront their common enemy, the apartheid government in South Africa. When the last apartheid President, Frederick F. de Klerk, started his reform process in 1989,66 Nigeria put tremendous pressure on him to ensure that the process was irreversibly completed.
38 While addressing the summit of the OAU Heads of State in June 1971, General Gowon reiterated the same position. According to him, Africa had two choices to make as regards the South African issue: either direct appeasement of the racist regime or outright confrontation with it. However, he emphasized that “Nigeria will never be a party to the first alternative. ”39 Nigeria’s total commitment toward the eradication of apartheid earned the country the Chairmanship of the United Nations Anti-Apartheid Committee in 1970, a position, which Nigeria held until apartheid was eradicated in 1994.
59 The existence of white supremacist regimes in Southern Africa was a fundamental factor that had shaped Nigerian foreign policy. Since independence, and until the fall of apartheid, Nigeria consistently extended its solidarity and support for the liberation movements in all the Southern African countries. In order to confront the white racist regimes in Southern Nigeria and Liberation of South Africa 19 Africa (in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa), it evolved different strategies, especially, to the apartheid government in South Africa.
Africa in Global Politics in the Twenty-First Century: A Panafrican Perspective by Olayiwola Abegunrin