The Nigerian/ECOWAS candidate, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union Commission, Fatima Mohammed, has pledged to stop conflicts in Africa if elected.
She made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the ongoing 28th African Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday.
She observed that Nigeria was a key player in peace and security in Africa and in troubled parts of the world, noting that Nigeria had made significant contributions towards African peace and development.
Mohammed said her priority was to ensure that Nigeria achieved its goal of intervening in conflicts, ensure peace after conflicts and put an end to conflicts on the continent
She said her candidacy was through a competitive selection where a number of individuals were shortlisted and was eventually selected.
She said she had the opportunity to work with ECOWAS and its institutions for more than a decade in different capacities, including organisational development, regional integration, peace and security.
She also said she would build upon the accomplishment of her predecessors because consistency was an important element of success.
According to her, sustainable peace and security requires an ongoing search for transformational and preventive solutions to crises and their causes.
“We must, therefore, leverage on intellectual institutional assets, particularly at the diplomatic and leadership levels and intensifying efforts to transform conflict in areas most affected.
“I will also want to put people first, I believe that we must promote our inter- dependency and focus on an inclusive and people centered approach,’’ she said
She said her priorities would also include advancing human development and respecting peoples and human rights — prioritising vulnerable groups such as women and youths.
Mohammed said she would build on strategic partnerships by continuing to develop the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).
She said she would further strengthen APSA’s implementation for effective operation, create synergy and strengthen collaboration with the regional economic communities.
NAN reports that Nigeria would be contesting with four other countries of the incumbent Algeria, Burundi, Malawi and Mauritania.