During his speech to say goodbye to 2014 and to bring in the New Year 2015, the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, said that the organization of the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea is a way to educate the world about the Ebola problem, and called on the population to show solidarity with this cause, and ensured that the Government has taken every measure to guarantee safety. He also mentioned the large number of conflicts ravaging the planet, which, he said, “reveals the failure of the United Nations,” which aims to ensure peace. Attached to this article is the full text of the presidential message.
The Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, made a major appeal for solidarity and hospitality from the people of Equatorial Guinea in his traditional New Year message.
The President, who began by recalling the state of peace and socioeconomic development currently experienced by Equatorial Guinea, “despite the adverse circumstances of economic recession involving some States in our geopolitical environment,” asked for a prioritization of “justice, work, equal opportunities, patriotism, respect for human rights, dialogue, consultation and political consensus on issues of national interest in our efforts to building and construction the Nation.”
In his words, the Head of State also referred to how extensive the problem of Ebola is in Africa, stressing the need to act jointly and as a block “in order to contain its spread and not appoint it as ‘an African’ or local problem, because in reality health problems are not African, European, and American, but are problems of all humanity. Ebola is a global problem that we should not fear, but rather confront, through education and collective action for its total eradication.”
Indeed, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo indicated that these were the reasons why Equatorial Guinea has accepted the organization of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), which was rejected by Morocco for fear of Ebola, and which will start in a few days.
The President referred to the importance of the agreements reached in the National Dialogue, held last November, and gathered legalized political parties with opposition groups, both from the country and the diaspora. “The Fifth National Dialogue, held from November 7 to 15 of the year we are ending, reinforces this atmosphere of national unity, social peace and political stability. We commend the political actors for their maturity and common sense during it. In this regard, we encourage Powers of the State to put into effect the decisions and conclusions agreed upon at that National Dialogue,” also said the President.
With regard to international politics, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo lamented the conflicts that continue to plague the world: “This panorama of international insecurity reveals the failure of the spirit of the United Nations, whose message is to ensure world peace and stability, and promote the welfare of mankind, which has not had the desired impact in the World,” also said the Head of State, who had words of congratulation for the new understanding between the Governments of the United States and Cuba.
His message ended with a greeting of friendship and solidarity to all the nations of the world, and the congratulations to all the sons and daughters of Equatorial Guinea.
SOURCE: Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office