President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peace on the African Continent as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

In a message to African leaders to mark the ‘Africa Day 2020, being commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), President Buhari said Africa had given the world a new hope by choosing the theme Silencing the Guns in the context of the Covid-19 for this year’s Africa Day.

He stressed the need for African leaders to make effort to ensure the success of silencing the guns on the continent, and emphasised the need to sensitise Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development.

President Buhari emphasised that peace, security, unity, and harmony must be promoted if the much-needed development was sincerely at heart.

He urged regional economic groups, civil society organisations and the private sector in Africa to take full ownership of the theme of this year’s celebration to strengthen collaborative efforts among member-countries of the African Union.

Africa Day is observed annually on 25 May, to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union, which was created on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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