from Bello Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive reform of the structures and operations of the African Union, to make it more functional in meeting targets.

He stated this In an intervention at the ongoing two-day 34th Summit of the AU, held virtually.

President Buhari said global realities demanded the AU be overhauled, if it must remain relevant in intergovernmental processes.

He stressed that they must work concertedly to ensure a productive, self-sufficient and purpose driven organization that would fully serve the interests of the people.

President Buhari commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda for presenting a special report on the need to reform the AU.

He also appreciated the support of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in the election of Amb. Bankole Adeoye as Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace and Security.

President Buhari noted with gratitude, the overwhelming and historic endorsement of the ambassador with 55 votes, an indication that all the members voted, while congratulating the career diplomat, who also serves as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the AU and UNECA.

He urges Amb. Adeoye to deploy his knowledge and experience in foreign policy and diplomacy, particularly on bilateral and multilateral issues, to bring value to the new position, with an assurance of the country’s support.

The President congratulated all elected members of the African Union Commission, 2021, which include the Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chad, and Deputy Chairman, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Rwanda.