Women Can Lead the Peace Process – Buhari to African First Ladies

The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), said on Monday that women can drive the peace process which he says has become an elusive subject affecting development in many parts of Africa.

Buhari said this as he pledged to support the resolutions of the African First Ladies Peace Mission aimed at promoting peace and development on the continent.

The president’s special adviser for media and publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed this in a statement on Monday.

The statement said Buhari also urged African leaders and other stakeholders to support women in achieving their primary goal of building a peaceful society.

“The activities of insurgents and bandits have resulted in more widespread displacement and poverty.

“There is no doubt that women and children are the most affected by the breach of the peace. Therefore, as mothers, I believe, you are in a better position to lead peace processes and actions when necessary.

“Indeed, I am happy to know that your forum has worked to promote peaceful coexistence within the continent in so many ways,” said Buhari.

The President congratulated his wife, the First Lady, Dr Aisha Buhari, for acquiring land on behalf of all the First Ladies for the development of a secretariat for the Mission in Abuja.

“I am delighted to know that when completed, the secretariat will serve a number of purposes, including job creation and income generation for sustainability,” he said.

For her part, Ms. Buhari, elected President of AFLPM by the 9th General Assembly, pledged to assume her new responsibility with full commitment, urging her colleagues to work together towards a glorious destiny for Africa.

“With all humility, I accept my election as the 9th incoming President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.

“I would like to sincerely thank all of my colleagues for your continued support and understanding and for entrusting me with this great responsibility.

“I undertake to exercise my responsibility with full commitment and in accordance with the Missions provided for by the regulations.

“Your Excellencies, Members of the Press, as you know, the task ahead is a collective commitment, which is why the cooperation of all of us is necessary for the overall success of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.

“For my part, I assure you that I will conduct the business of my office with honesty, dedication and inclusiveness.

“My dear colleagues, as we conclude this Summit, let history guide us to ensure that the Africa we leave to our children today is better than the one we have inherited.

“Let us commit to working together to achieve a glorious destiny for all Africans,” she said.

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