The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday challenged African leaders to demonstrate their preparedness to adopt a comprehensive approach towards addressing the root causes of violence and poverty in various parts of the continent. He made this statement while addressing African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, when he led a discussion on peace and security in his capacity as the Chairman of AU’s Peace and Security Council, an equivalent of UN’s Security Council. According to him, African leaders must strive hard to get to the root of violence and ensure that they don’t bequeath on the forthcoming generation the legacy of wars and poverty. “We need to rekindle our political will and determination not to bequeath to the next generation of Africans the burden of wars, poverty and misery. It is therefore necessary for the Assembly to reaffirm the overriding importance of holistically addressing the root causes of violent conflicts in our countries,” he said. Osinbajo who conveyed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari to the gathering, observed that the Peace and Security Council of AU had continued to relentlessly discharge its mandate of promoting peace, security and stability in Africa. He lamented the devastating effects of wars and conflicts on the continent, saying it has brought huge setback to social and economic growth of the continent, noting that peace and security must be Africa’s driving force.

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