Nigeria sounds clear warning to African leaders

By Sanni Muhammed September 14, 2015 18:22

Nigeria sounds clear warning to African leaders

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has reminded the African Union, AU, Peace and Security Council, PSC, and Regional Economic Communities, RECs, of the growing challenge of terrorism confronting the African continent, advocating for an efficient and effective counter terrorism model.

Osinbajo made this recommendation, Monday, while speaking to an audience of Ambassadors and diplomats from several African countries at the inauguration of a retreat for members of the African Union PSC and RECs on the theme “focusing on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa” holding at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Abuja.

Osinbajo said the PSC had proven to be a lead response agency especially in tackling contemporary challenges ranging from insurgency to political unrest in the continent.

    “I would like to remind you that attention should be focused on how the PSC and the RECs can enhance effectiveness and efficiency using their comparative advantages and various capacities within the context of subsidiarity and complementarity in the areas of early warning and early action, conflict prevention, peacemaking, post-conflict peace building, reconstruction and development, strengthening of democratic practices and governance, as well as in combating terrorism and violent extremism.’

    “It is when all of these are comprehensively addressed that all the weak linkages and gaps that often pose the risk of parallel initiatives and contractions will be eliminated thereby achieving our delineated objectives under the APSA (African Peace and Security Architecture),” he submitted.

    “Today, almost on a monthly basis there is a fresh conflict situation, or a relapse of post-conflict situations. At the same time terrorism and violent extremism present fresh problems, including large numbers of IDPs and refugees going across the borders of neighboring countries.”

This is coming weeks after Osinbajo’s attempt to intervene in the South-Sudan stalemate ended in a fiasco at Addis Ababa.

See: South Sudan: Peace agreement stalls despite Osinbajo involvement

The Chairman of the AU Peace and Security Council, Ambassador Mull Katende revealed that the retreat was being organized at a critical time in the history of the African continent, especially when it is confronted by relentless conflicts and political unrests.

The Chairman of the occasion and former Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Ibrahim Gambari in his remarks pleaded with the PSC to work towards enhancing collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities and the United Nations, stressing the need for Africa to take its destiny in its own hands and to de-congest the UN Security Council agenda of African conflicts.

The retreat is a follow-up to one held in Namibia in May and it is intended to provide the ideal opportunity for African Ambassadors and diplomats to reflect on concrete measures for promoting a working culture that would ensure enhanced cooperation between the PSC and the RECs in the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa.