"Peace, Security, Unity And Harmony Are Prerequisites For Development"- President Buhari To African Leaders

"Peace, Security, Unity And Harmony Are Prerequisites For Development"-  President Buhari To African Leaders

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin, Lagos

In a bid to mark the Africa Day 2020,'' commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO)    President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peace.

President Buhari in his message to African Leaders disclosed that peace on the continent serves as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

Buhari stated that Africa has given the world a new hope by choosing the theme ''Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID-19'' for this year’s Africa Day.

He stressed the need for African leaders to ensure that every effort is made to ensure the success of silencing the guns on the continent, emphasizing the need to sensitize Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development.

''Peace, security, unity and harmony are prerequisites for development in Africa,” the Nigerian leader said, urging citizens all over the continent to innovate on how ''Silencing the Guns” can be used to achieve peace and grow African economies.

However, he urged regional economic groups, civil society organisations and the private sector in Africa to take full ownership of the theme of this year’s celebration to strengthen collaborative efforts among member-countries of the African Union.

Africa Day is observed annually on 25 May, to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union, which was created on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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