Take responsibility for climate mess in Africa, Buhari tackles Western leaders

Take responsibility for climate mess in Africa, Buhari tackles Western leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has hit Western country for majority of the effects of climate change in Africa even as he rapped them for failing to take responsibility for the climate disasters in Africa.

In an opinion authored by the president and published on Washington Post, he recalled that in 2009, developed countries most responsible for global warming pledged to give $100 billion annually by 2020 to help developing nations deal with its consequences. But the commitment has still not been met, generating mistrust and reluctance among some developing nations to accelerate their emissions reductions.

Buhari described the failure of the Western leaders to meet their commitments to the $100 billion fund as hypocritical as most of the emissions come from their industries situated in Africa.

“Many of my peers are frustrated with Western hypocrisy and its inability to take responsibility.

“Governments have repeatedly failed to meet their commitments to the $100 billion fund for climate adaptation and mitigation in the developing world — for the mess their own industries caused.

“According to the United Nations, Africa is the continent worst affected by climate change despite contributing the least to it. Even though the COP27’s agenda notes the need for compensation for loss and damages (as distinct from adaptation and mitigation funding), that demand has mostly been met with silence in the West.”

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