Nigeria ratifies African Union Act

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria took a major step at regaining its role in Pan-African affairs by being the 36th Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Union Constitutive Act, with the OAU.
That decision by Africa's most populous nation, which a few weeks ago said it was mounting a public campaign to educate its citizens on the Constitutive Act, means the much-awaited African Union would now go into force 26 May.
OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim said Friday on the fringe of the African AIDS Summit in Abuja, that with Nigeria having deposited with him, its instrument of ratification of the Constitutive Act 26 April, the 36 States needed to do so had been attained.
"In conformity with Article 28, the Act shall enter into force thirty days after the deposit of the instruments of ratification by two-thirds of the Member States of the OAU," Salim said.
"With the deposit by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the legal requirement for the ratification by two-thirds of the Member States of the OAU has been attained.
"Consequently, the Constitutive Act of the African Union shall now enter into force on 26th May 2001," the OAU Secretary- General said.
Salim described the attainment of the legal requirement for the Constitutive Act as a historic development with far-reaching consequences for African countries and people of the continent as a whole.
He said the African Union, whose establishment was proudly proclaimed by African Heads of State and Governments at the 5th Extra-ordinary Session of their Assembly in Sirte, Libya, had now become both a political and legal reality.

27 april 2001 16:10:00

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