Buhari seeks reformed AU to remain relevant

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has called for the overhaul of the African Union for relevance in intergovernmental processes.

According to a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call in an intervention at the ongoing two-day 34th summit of the AU being held virtually.

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The statement was titled, ‘AU must be reformed to stay relevant – President Buhari.’

Shehu quoted the President as saying, “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 organisation that will fully serve the interests of the people.

“As we commence the operationalisation 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.’’

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

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

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