African leaders should address root causes of insecurity – President Kagame

The President of Rwanda, Mr Paul Kagame, has called on African leaders to apply a harmonious approach to deal with the root causes of the security crisis across the continent.

Kagame made the call at the UBA Africa Conversations 2021, with the theme: “Africa to the World,” held virtually to commemorate Africa Day on Tuesday in Lagos.

He said: “We did not have to ask the question as to what African leaders are doing to stop the crisis going on across the continent.

“But rather ask ourselves what we should be doing or have done to actually prevent them from happening in the first place.

“It has been decades since we have had crises of different kinds. All leaders should invest in one another and thinking of each other’s well-being and do whatever it takes to create a stable and sustainable African continent.

“The continued emergence and spread of these crisis, require resources and a mindset to pursue peace, also put in place good politics.

“We cannot just switch off crisis unless we invest in addressing the root causes of these problems.

“Leaders have had discussions but there is the need to put a sense of urgency because we have other crisis like poverty that we need to address,” he said.

Kagame called on African leaders to capitalise and benefit from the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), adding that the continent stands to gain more by coming together.

“We must utilise the youth, women and other institutions to help us overcome the crises faced across the continent but we cannot drop the ball right in the middle of it for smaller interests or benefits and forget about the common interest.

“For example, we have put in place the AfCTA, we must capitalise on that and benefit from it so that we do not just have it in name but in the area of practice.

“We cannot benefit until countries work together in peace, with security in place and stability,” he said.

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