AU must be reformed to stay relevant, says Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive reform of the structures and operations of the , to make it more functional meeting targets, warning that the organization would become stale, except it becomes more result-oriented.
Garba Shehu, Senior Assistant to the President ( & Publicity)  disclosed this a statement Sunday.
Shehu’s statement  revealed that an intervention the ongoing two-day 34th Summit of the AU, held virtually,  the President said:

“As your excellences are no doubt aware, global realities demand that the AU be overhauled, if it must remain relevant in intergovernmental processes. We must work concertedly to ensure a productive, self-sufficient and purpose-driven organization that will fully serve the interests of the people.

 

 

“As we commence the operationalization of this structure and system, Nigeria a truly reformed, efficient and effective AU Commission, one that is fully committed to the discharge of its duties and responsibilities.’’

 

President Buhari commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda for presenting a report on the to reform the AU.

The President also appreciated the support of of State and Government of the in the election of Amb. Bankole Adeoye as Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace and Security.

 

 

Buhari noted, with gratitude, the overwhelming and historic endorsement of the ambassador with 55 votes, an indication that all the members voted, congratulating the career diplomat, who also serves as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the AU and UNECA.

 

 

Furthermore, Buhari urged Amb. Adeoye to deploy his knowledge and experience in foreign policy and diplomacy, particularly on and multilateral issues, to bring value to the position, with an assurance of the country’s support.

 

 

The President congratulates all elected members of the Commission, 2021, which include the Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chad, and Deputy Chairman, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Rwanda.