The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has described the President’s contributions to the just concluded 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit, in Abidjan, as cogent, timely and highly perceptive.
The Presidential spokesperson stated this in a statement issued, in Abuja, on Thursday night.
According to him, during the summit, which was held from November 28 to 29, Buhari demonstrated the pivotal role Nigeria plays in continental affairs and in the relationship that Africa must forge with other regions of the world.
He noted that discussions at the conference were productive and frank, saying this was due, in no small measure, to the interventions by Buhari.
The theme of the summit was “Investing in Youth for a Sustainable Future.”
“At the summit, the President declared that the single most important investment we must make is to grow and develop our economies in ways that will provide jobs for our youths. While we also must invest in education and in other social areas,” he emphasized that, “it is upon our economic maturation that the future of Nigeria and Africa will hang.
“Without jobs, even educated youth become vulnerable to forms of extremism, ranging from joining the ranks of terrorists to risking their lives migrating to Europe through the “sea of sand that is the Sahara and the unforgiving waters of the Mediterranean.”
He said that “we must declare this the era of African industrialisation for this must be the primary goal of all AU members. President Buhari said this and future AU-EU summits must be dedicated to this goal.”