The Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the end of fighting in the continent. While speaking in Addis Ababa at the 26th AU summit, President Muahmmadu Buhari decried the use of scarce resources in the continent on armed conflicts rather than the economic and social development of the continent.
According to a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity , Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari challenged fellow African leaders to engage decisively with the people and government of South Sudan and Burundi to bring the conflicts they face to a speedy end.
He added that African leaders must also forge a united front to rid the continent of the scourge of terrorism and face together with determination, the noble goals of Agenda 2063, as espoused by the AU.
Buhari said, “We have all shed blood for Africa to be free, but the irony is that, today, we are now killing each other. Rather than facing the developmental challenges confronting us, we are spending our scarce resources killing our children and inflicting unspeakable horrors and unimaginable hardship on our brothers and sisters.
“That is truly a tragedy and it must stop. Enough is Enough!
“Within the framework of the African Union, we have to, as a matter of urgency, reach a consensus on how to silence the guns. Not by 2020 but now. Why must we wait? We must say “No” to wars and conflicts on our continent.”
Emphasizing Nigeria’s determination to wholly defeat terrorism and bring the war against Boko Haram to an end, Buhari said Nigeria would continue to partner with other member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, and Republic of Benin, through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
He reaffirmed that Nigeria will soon fully redeem its pledge of $100million to enhance the operations of the Task Force, having released $21million to the task force in June last year.