Buhari, 14 AU leaders focus on peace



    President Buhari and outgoing AU chairman,
    President Alpha Conde

    Ahead of tomorrow’s opening of the 30th African Union Summit, President Muhammadu Buhari began his four-day engagement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday by becoming a member of 14 different members of the Peace and Security Council (PSC).

    The council is a standing organ of the AU for the prevention, administration and determination of conflicts.

    The assembly mentioned the persistence of violent conflicts and disaster in some components of the continent, upsurge of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees, local weather change and its penalties in addition to the derailment of nationwide growth programmes.

    The assembly primarily reviewed the conditions in Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, Guinea Bissau, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    It additionally mentioned the state of affairs in Lake Chad Basin, the regional efforts to fight Boko Haram in addition to the state of affairs in Mali and the Sahel area which proceed to be a supply of deep concern regardless of efforts by the international locations of the area and the United Nations.

    The PSC’s main obligation is to “conduct early warning and preventive diplomacy, facilitate peace-making, establish peace-support operations and, in certain circumstances, recommend intervention in member states to promote peace, security and stability.”