AU must be reformed to stay relevant, says Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has called a comprehensive reform of the structures and operations of the African Union, to make it more functional in targets, warning that the organization would become stale, except it becomes more result-oriented.
Garba Shehu, Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity)  disclosed this in a statement Sunday.
Shehu’s statement  revealed that in an at 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 new structure and system, Nigeria demands 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 presenting a special report on the need to reform the AU.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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