- African leaders hold a two-day summit following growing conflicts across the region
- The meeting is aimed at how the AU can play a prominent role in resolving conflicts
- The leaders are determined in finding a solution to the continent's problems
On Sunday, February 9, African leaders during the African Union summit vowed to play a more prominent role in resolving conflicts across the region.
Legit.ng gathered that the two-day summit titled “Silencing the Guns” is held with the focus on conflicts that are centered on reforming the AU including its funding structure and the implementation of a continent-wide free trade area.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the AU commission chairman in his opening address talked about the security situation in Africa, citing “terrorism, intercommunal conflict and pre- and post-election crises”.
Mahamat went on to note that though progress has been made in some parts of the continent there are still long-running conflicts in some countries including Libya and South Sudan, Cameroon, and Mozambique.
The chairman restated the commission’s determination to find solutions to problems in Africa.
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his appreciation to members of ECOWAS for their efforts in combating the menace of terrorism in the region.
The Nigerian leader disclosed this in a statement through his spokesman Malam Garba Shehu, on Saturday, February 8, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the State of Peace and Security in Africa.
President Buhari went on to urge members to find new ways to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts.
Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari left Abuja on Friday, February 7, for the 33rd ordinary session of African leaders summit held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Buhari left for the high-profile conference gathering alongside Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma and Cross River state governor Ben Ayade.
This is a gathering of all African leaders whose countries are members of the African Union (AU).
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