Africa may not attain AU Agenda 2063, Buhari warns
President Muhammadu Buhari says the threats of climate change, the scourge of terrorism, violent extremism, transnational organized crimes, ideological radicalization, and an upsurge in unconstitutional change of governments are undermining Africa’s drive towards achieving African Union Agenda 2063.
He said this on Thursday in the US Capital, Washington DC, while speaking at the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit on the topic, ‘Partnering on Agenda 2063: A Peaceful and Secure Africa’.
Buhari, who warned that Africa might risk not attaining the goals continental leaders had set for the region by 2063 in view of challenges facing it, saying they could be achieved if there was a unity of purpose among all member states.
Buhari restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards good governance as well as the collective fight against terrorism and the humanitarian challenges arising therefrom.
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“In addition, my government has made it a priority to conduct violence-free elections in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
“As highlighted in my Independence Day remarks on 1st October, 2022; I should like to reiterate, that no matter what gains we make, without good governance anchored on credible elections that are free, fair, credible and transparent, our development efforts would remain futile and our citizenry would be worse off.
“It is for this reason that I’ve resolved to bequeath a sustainable democratic culture, which will remain a lasting legacy.”
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