President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja called on African leaders to form a strong united front to defeat terrorism and violent extremism, which is inhibiting development in Africa.
This was contained in a State House press release issued by the SSA to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
President Buhari said this while receiving Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto at the State House.
He expressed concern that the continent is still grappling with acts and effects of terrorism after a successful de-colonisation campaign.
The President acknowledged the valued cooperation between Nigeria and Kenya in the fight against terrorism.
He commended the East African country for the recent successes recorded in tackling terrorism in the region.
“A situation in which insecurity continues to obstruct the process of national development should not be allowed to continue”, the President told Mr Ruto, a special envoy to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On the forthcoming election of a new leadership for the African Union Commission (AUC), President Buhari said African States needs a very strong leadership at the AUC that will encourage member states to refocus their resources and energy toward human and national development.
Kenya solicited for Nigeria’s support for the candidature of Amb. Amina Mohammed, Kenya’s Foreign Minister, who is vying for the AUC Chairperson.
President Buhari said Nigeria will hold robust consultations with other African leaders on the need for strong and capable leadership that will respond to the current challenges facing the continent.
In his remarks, Deputy President Ruto commended President Buhari for his leadership, particularly on regional security and the fight against corruption.
Ruto said President Buhari’s effort to eradicate terrorism and violent extremism had emboldened the continent’s resolve to achieve lasting peace and security.
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