Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Eighth Summit in the Republic of Tunisia, called for urgently upgrading the peace and security to ensure stability in the African region.
Buhari also said over the past few years, members witnessed a number of events that have affected the peace and security of various continents, in particular, Africa.
Buhari also made evaluations of the climate crisis. He noted that rising water levels in some areas have caused entire communities to leave their natural habitats, compounding the humanitarian crisis on the continent.
Buhari also said that various security mechanisms, such as Joint Multinational Task Force (MNJTF), G5 Sahel and African Standby Force supported by the African Union, need to be reorganized to meet the current goal of definitively eradicating violent extremism and terrorism.
“It is our desire that this 8th TICAD summit will rise to the occasion by expanding the security cooperation and operations between Africa and Japan, within the framework of the New Approach for Peace and Stability in Africa (NAPSA), and for Africa to benefit from the use of Japanese technology in the fight against insurgencies on the continent.
“Nigeria remains grateful to the Japanese Government for the support it has continued to extend to us in different areas of our partnership, especially through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Indeed, TICAD has continued to provide a constructive platform for strategic partnership between Africa and Japan for development cooperation,” Buhari stated.