President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern that lack of peace has taken a significant toll on development in many parts of Africa.
He also said the activities of insurgents and bandits have led to more widespread displacement and poverty.
The President said this as he pledged support to the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) resolutions aimed at promoting peace and development in the continent.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the 9th General Assembly of the AFLPM in Abuja on Monday, the President also urged African leaders and other stakeholders to support the women in realising their core objective of building a peaceful society.
“It is not in doubt that women and children are the worst affected by the breakdown of peace. Therefore, as mothers, I believe you are better positioned to drive the processes of peace and actions where necessary.
“Indeed, I’m happy to know that your forum has been working towards promoting peaceful coexistence within the continent in so many ways.”
President Buhari congratulated the Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari, for acquiring a piece of land on behalf of all First Ladies to develop a secretariat for the Mission in Abuja.
“It gladdens my heart to know that when completed the secretariat will serve several purposes, including creating employment opportunities as well as generating income for sustainability,” he said.
The 9th General Assembly of the AFLPM unanimously elected the First Lady of Nigeria as the new President.
In her acceptance speech, Aisha Buhari pledged to execute her new responsibility with total commitment, urging her colleagues to work in unison towards a glorious destiny for Africa.