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Nigeria’s AU commission candidate promises to end conflicts in Africa


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Nigeria’s AU commission candidate has pledged to eradicate conflicts on the continent if she wins.

Fatima Mohammed, who is also ECOWAS candidate for the position of Commissioner for Peace and Security, made the promise on Friday in Addis Ababa.

Ms. Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the on-going 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa that the continent needed peace.

She said the commission needs to complement the efforts of Nigeria which was not only a key player in peace and security in Africa but also part in troubled parts of the world.

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According to her, Nigeria has made significant contributions to ensure peace and development in Africa.

She promised to use Nigeria as a vehicle to intervene in the resolution of conflicts and ensure peace.

Ms. Mohammed said her emergence as Nigeria’s candidate was through a competitive selection with a number of individuals shortlisted.

She said she had the opportunity to work with ECOWAS and its institutions for over a decade in different capacities, including organizational development, regional integration and peace and security.

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She said she would build upon the accomplishment of her predecessors because consistency was an important element of success.

Ms. Mohammed said she had outlined three priority areas towards achievement of her vision, which include focusing on prevention and transformation.

“We must leverage on intellectual and institutional assets, particularly at the diplomatic and leadership levels to transform conflicts in areas most affected to peace building and conflict prevention.

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She promised to put people first in her schedule and promote inter dependency and shared future.

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Ms Mohammed said she would build on strategic partnerships by continuing to develop the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

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