President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over how peace has become elusive within the African continent, thus affecting development in many regions of Africa.
He has therefore, pledged support for the resolutions of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) aimed at promoting peace and development on the continent.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the 9th General Assembly of the AFLPM, the President urged African leaders and other stakeholders to support the women in realizing their core objective of building a peaceful society.
”The activities of insurgents and bandits have led to more widespread displacement and poverty.
”It is not in doubt that women and children are the worst affected by the breakdown of peace. Therefore, as mothers, I believe, you are in a better position to drive the processes of peace and actions where necessary.
”Indeed, I’m happy to know that your forum has been working towards promoting peaceful coexistence within the continent in so many ways,” he said.
President Buhari congratulated the Nigerian First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, for acquiring a piece of land on behalf of all First Ladies for the development of a secretariat for the Mission in Abuja.
”It gladdens my heart to know that when completed the secretariat will serve several purposes including creating employment opportunities as well as generating income for sustainability,” he said.
The 9th General Assembly of the AFLPM unanimously elected the First Lady of Nigeria as the new President.
In her acceptance speech, Dr. Aisha Buhari pledged to execute her new responsibility with total commitment, urging her colleagues to work in unison towards a glorious destiny for Africa.
”With all sense of humility, I accept my election as the incoming 9th President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.
”I want to sincerely thank all my colleagues for your continuous support and understanding and for entrusting me with this great responsibility.
”I pledge to execute my responsibility with total commitment and in accordance to the Missions laid down regulations.
”Your Excellences, Gentlemen of the Press, as you are aware, the task before us is a collective commitment hence the cooperation of all of us is needed for the overall success of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.
”On my own part, I assure you that I will discharge the affairs of my office with honesty, dedication, and inclusivity.
”My dear colleagues as we conclude this Summit, let history guide us to ensure that the Africa we bequeath to our children today is better than the one we inherited.
”Let us commit ourselves to work together towards achieving a glorious destiny for all Africans,” she said.
In a goodwill message, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said the current situation in Africa, calls for decisive leadership action by leaders, in addressing the challenges confronting the continent.
“Africa is at a critical juncture facing so many existential challenges. This critical situation calls for decisive leadership and concerted action.
“Africa is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating consequences of climate change, the catastrophe of terrorism, human and drug trafficking, irregular migration, crushing poverty, among others.
Africa is struggling, Africa is bleeding, we must all come together, and we must act and act now,” he said.
Onyeama commended the African First Ladies for standing up to be counted, adding that they are “a powerful and influential group that can make the difference as well as help to deliver the Africa we want and deserve.”
The summit is being attended by 12 African First Ladies from Nigeria, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Saotome and Principe, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia and Mauritania.