Tony Ailemen, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on African leaders to place the interest of their people above personal parochial interest. This is just as the President has also called on African leaders to refocus on developing the continent that will be peaceful, prosperous and a democratic show case.
The President speaking as Chairman of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, A U, lamented the state of insecurity in the continent and called for urgent actions to tackle the challenges.
The President while making reference to the security situation in some African countries including South Sudan and Burundi, noted that it was regrettable that while the people are suffering, their leaders and engage in unprofitable bickering “Today’s meeting of PSC, which is to discuss the situations of South Sudan and Burundi, requires us to put these situations in proper context.
The people of these countries are suffering while their political leaders are bickering among themselves” “ I believe that is incumbent upon us as leaders to always place the interest of our countries above narrow and personal interest” “It is therefore my expectations that at the end of this summit, the PSC will come out with a united message to call on all parties to act in the interest of their people and the entire continent.”
“We must change the face of Africa, we must give hope to the hopeless. The time to do so is now as we look forward to the much await 20F3 to deliver a continent that is at peace with itself, prosperous, a global partner and a democratic show case” The President noted that he was attending the meeting of the AU peace security council PSC for the first time, saying that he was presiding over the meeting by virtue of the fact that Nigeria is the chair for the month of Jun 2015.
“I’m also pleased that you have responded positively to my invitation. Our continents is inundated with conflicts of diverse forms, they include the crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, and more recently in Burundi.” “As you are aware in 2013 during our 50th anniversary celebration of our union, we as African leaders committed ourselves to the objective of silencing the local guns in Africa by 2020.”
He however noted that with just five years remaining, “the prospect of realizing this objectives looks doubtful with pockets, individuals country and the continent as a whole.” “In particular, We are witnesses to the rampant destruction of homes, roads, communications lines, vital infrastructures and displacement of persons not to mention terrible loss of lives.”
“This is true I must add of the north east of Nigeria where we are dealing with the scourge of Boko Haram” “ The Boko Haram insurgency has extended it’s reached to Nigeria’s neighbours but is not necessarily limited to these immediate countries as terrorism is a global phenomenon with linkages across the globe”
“Given this dimension of global terror it requires to act according in brotherhood and partnership to fight our common goals against agents of evil. I’m pleased to note that Cameroon, Chad, Niger, are demonstrating of this secret, they are fighting alongside Nigeria under the umbrella of Multinational Joint Task Force to defeat Boko Haram.”
“In this regard, the member countries Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, met recently where far reaching decisions were taken to immediately put into operations the Multinational Joint Task Force.”