Osinbajo Highlights How Guns In Africa Can Be Silenced
One thing that most African countries are battling is security and most of its leaders want peace to reign in the continent with some of its States battling terrorism and other criminal activities.
From acts of terror to inter-tribal conflicts, crimes, herdsmen and farmers conflict and other acts perpetrated by the gun, there is a lot that Africa is facing and the African Union Peace Security Council (PSC) needs to tackle these vices if the continent must experience real growth.
The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, believes the continent can silence the guns and move the continent’s development to another level.
One thing he wants done is the full implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), specially the operationalisation of the African Standby Force (ASF) and the Peace Fund.
Professor Osinbajo highlighted the needed adjustments and inputs that would change the tide for the continent at the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) meeting currently holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Nigerian leader, who is the Chairperson of the PSC for the month of July, gave a report on the council’s activities and the state of peace and security in Africa.
He wants the PSC to work towards removing all distractions and impediments to the full attainment of operational capacity of the ASF.
“To ensure the effectiveness of the African Union peace support operations, the Regional Economic Communities and relevant international bodies, especially the United Nations, must remain strategic pillars of peace, security and development of the Continent as envisioned in Agenda 2063.
“We must redouble our efforts and, and without equivocation avail the necessary resources, in order to successfully achieve the goals set out in Agenda 2063.
“We need to rekindle our political will and determination not to bequeath to the next generation of Africans the burden of wars, poverty and misery,” the Nigerian leader stressed.
Osinbajo pointed out that it was necessary for the Assembly reaffirms the overriding importance of holistically addressing the root causes of violent conflicts in our countries.
He said that it was only through such collective efforts that the noble goal of silencing the guns in Africa can be achieved.
He explained further that It was also essential that the international community, including the UN, continue to reinforce their support for Africa’s peace and security agenda such as the complementarity between Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The tragic consequences of wars and conflicts in Africa are self-evident.
“The millions killed and maimed, the millions displaced, children out of school, set us back decades economically and socially.
“Our resolve to end wars and conflicts in Africa is therefore our vote for a future of real growth and development for our continent.
He said under Nigeria’s chairmanship of the PSC, the Council would prioritise the adoption of practical measures to address the current security challenges in South Sudan, Somalia, Guinea Bissau, the Sahel-Sahelo and Lake Chad Basin regions.
“Furthermore, Nigeria will strengthen the engagement with all AU Member States in confronting the menace of child soldiering and millions of out-of-school children in armed conflict areas.
“To this effect, I would like to urge your full support and cooperation in this endeavour, ” Osinbajo said.