On Monday, 7 December 2020, the Nigerian Leader said that Africa’s major challenge is crimes and the threat of terrorist activities.
President Muhammadu Buhari said the continents must achieve a new trajectory of peace, stability, and security.
He made the call at the 14th extra-ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) on ‘Silencing the Gun,’ held virtually on Sunday.
Buhari further urged African leaders to promote the implementation of arms control instruments and embargoes.
President Muhammadu Buhari also said the increasing number of peace agreements and efforts in conflict situations across Africa demonstrated a resolve to chart a new course.
The Nigerian leader called for the monitoring and evaluation mechanism to gauge the implementations at the continental level.
He said the intra/inter-state resurgence of conflicts in Africa underscores the imperative for the African Union Mediation Support Unit to be strengthened.
“Threats of terrorist activities, other trans-organized crimes, and external interference in the internal affairs of African States are increasing.
“We also see maritime security threats, including the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, and the challenges of the porous border are also visible.
“It is in this regard that we blame the slow implementation of the African Common Defence Policy, hinged on the establishment of the African Standby Force,” Buhari said.
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