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Prof. Akinyemi says the establishment of two states is essential for resolving the Israel-Hamas conflict

Oct 23, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

Bolaji Akinyemi, a political science professor, believes the 1948 UN Resolution creating two states is key to ending the Palestine-Israel conflict.

He added that Nigeria should not support Israel or Hamas in the ongoing conflict.

“We should not take sides, and we don’t need to take sides,” the octogenarian Akinyemi said live on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Former Minister of External Affairs Prof. Akinyemi believes the Federal Government of Nigeria’s call for Middle East peace is best.

At a time when the war between Russia and Ukraine was still ongoing, Hamas militants from Gaza stormed across the border into Israel on October 7, killing at least 1,400 civilians on the first day.

In Israel’s worst attack, they took over 200 hostages.

Gaza’s health ministry reports that Israel’s bombing campaign has killed over 4,600 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

The Nigerian government called for a ceasefire hours after the war began.

Former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Prof. Akinyemi, said Nigeria should be neutral on Sunday.

We should be neutral, he said. Congratulations to President Tinubu on his position. We should support peace, a ceasefire, and humanitarian corridors for water, medicine, and food.

We should also suggest the ultimate solution: the 1948 UN Resolution creating two states—the Palestinian State and an Israeli State—to resolve the conflict there.

“We don’t need to take sides. The problem there is so complicated. No good guys, no bad guys. Thus, our position does not require righteousness.”

Despite not being a religious issue, the don said the war has religious implications and that Nigerian leaders who view it religiously are wrong because “there are more Christians among the Palestinians”.

Prof. Akinyemi warned that urban terrorism is likely if the war is not quickly ended because terrorists on both sides rule all cities.

The ex-minister also said the war already affects the global economy, and Nigeria will be no exception.

As long as the war continues, Nigeria will pay higher prices for petroleum products and lower crude prices, hurting the economy.

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