African leaders urged to address root causes of violence

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo with other African leaders at the 29th AU Assembly in Addis Ababa on Monday

African leaders have been asked to affirm their readiness to a comprehensive approach in addressing the root causes of violence in countries across the continent.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, stated this on Monday at the ongoing African Union AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he led the discussion on peace and security.

Professor Osinbajo, who is the Chairman of the Peace and Security Council of the AU, said:“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.  It is therefore necessary for the Assembly to reaffirm the overriding importance of holistically addressing the root causes of violent conflicts in our countries.”

The Acting President underscored the importance of peace and development on the African continent, saying the issue must be top on the agenda of countries on the continent.

“Our peace and security agenda must remain on the front burner of our deliberations. We have no choice. Peace, security and stability are fundamental to the realization of sustainable development and to assure our peoples of decent and happy lives, As we move towards silencing the guns by 2020, our collective resolve must remain solid and steadfast to effectively tackle conflicts, terrorism, violent extremism and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.” he said.

He said the continent must redouble its efforts 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.  It is therefore necessary for the Assembly to reaffirm the overriding importance of holistically addressing the root causes of violent conflicts in our countries,” he said.

The Acting President used the opportunity to convey the warm greetings of the government and people of Nigeria, particularly the appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari for the messages of goodwill from African leaders.