The President of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said that Africa’s growth and development requires strong, visionary leadership that caters to the people’s needs and effectively strengthens institutions that encourage peaceful co-existence while providing disincentives to conflicts and coups.
The President said this on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at a meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, at the headquarters of the African Union.
According to a report by Punch, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Africa needs stronger, better leadership to grow, President Buhari, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed agree at AU meeting.’
Buhari commended Ahmed’s efforts in maintaining peace and unity in Ethiopia.
He said, “You are leading a country that is large and diversified, just like Nigeria, and I know the sacrifices required to make the desired impact, especially in maintaining peace.”
He urged the Prime Minister to remain committed on keeping the country together, in spite of the difficulties, assuring him that Nigeria will continue to support his efforts in peaceful co-existence and unity.
The Nigerian President, who said Ahmed had provided strong leadership for the country, urged him to maintain the good work in ensuring even development.
On his part, the Prime Minister thanked the Nigerian President for his support to the country over the years, on national and personal endeavours, particularly in encouraging unity and stability.
Ahmed noted that Africa had experienced little growth due to conflicts, adding that the larger economies like Nigeria and Ethiopia should provide the leadership that will deepen progress and prosperity on the continent.
The Prime Minister said the resurgence of coups on the continent could further weaken institutions and reverse the democratic.
He appreciated Buhari for his position on zero tolerance for military interference in governance, saying collective and visionary leadership will move Africa forward.
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