African leaders meet in Abeokuta over security issues

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Prominent African political leaders at the weekend converged on Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital to brainstorm on the increasing security challenges confronting the continent.

They met under the aegis of “Tana High Security Forum” at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) for several hours before briefing reporters thereafter.

The attendance includes former President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi, his Nigerian counterpart and host, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanoun; Special Adviser to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Prof. Andreas Eshete, Director of African Leadership Centre, Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, Ms Ferial Zoheb and the Forum’s Director General, Dr. Mitchell.

The yearly gathering brings together continental leaders stakeholders to proffer leeway to Africa’s security issues.

Obasanjo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Board of the Forum, said in his opening remarks that the meeting was first to be held outside Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the parley, Ndiaye said the forum “promotes African-led solutions by holding discussions on the strategic and pro-active management of African peace and security issues driven by the interest to contribute to stronger ownership of these issues.”

She added: “The Forum is immersive in the sense that it combines the worlds of academia and research with real-world, real-time experience. The result is an action-oriented and policy-relevant discussion”.

Ndiaye continued: “The Tana Forum is actually here to change the mindset of people around the security challenges and threats Africa is facing today. We cannot say it more than anyone else, as Africans, the challenges we are facing, the list of threats is numerous from one region to the other. But when we sit down and discuss, we realise there is a number of communalities and the threats are the same and as Africans, we have to sit down and face those challenges.”

To her, Africa can only get out of the numerous problems facing the continent by addressing the problems from their root cause.

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