Africa Day 2020: President Buhari Urges Leaders To Work Towards Silencing Guns On The Continent

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BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for African leaders to ensure that every effort is made to achieve success of silencing the guns on the continent.

He also emphasize the need to sensitize Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development and therefore called for peace on the continent as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

These were contained in a message to African leaders to mark the ”Africa Day 2020,” commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), in which President Buhari also said 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.

Buhari said; ”Peace, security, unity and harmony are prerequisites for development in Africa,” he said and therefore urged citizens all over the continent to innovate on how ”Silencing the Guns” can be used to achieve peace and grow African economies.

The President also 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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